Dave Lawrence

Reports and interviews from HPR's Dave Lawrence

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Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon, All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence will put the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the handicapped, disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re learning about Project Vision Hawai`i with their Executive Director, Annie Hiller.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin


Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon on our statewide broadcast of All Things Considered, local host Dave Lawrence will put the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the handicapped, disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re learning about The Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter with our guest Christine Payne, the Executive Director & CEO.

This organization offers a 24-hour phone counseling program for Alzheimer's caregivers and family members, as well as other services.

Melbourne, Australia’s Mojo Jacket is today’s 5:30 interview feature on All Things Considered. They recently opened for Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band across Australia. The group is based around brothers Rick and Ben Fumi, and also includes drummer Benny Stivala. In speaking with HPR's Dave Lawrence, the brothers shared their unique family connection to music, as Ben explains.

The distinctive voice of the band Yes, Jon Anderson, has been a solo artist for several years following a less-than-friendly split with the group. He recently performed an Asia Pacific tour and during it, spoke with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for an interview being featured this afternoon on All Things Considered. In our feature, he explains how the last time he was in the islands, he even did some spontaneous collaborating, right on the beach.

Hear more of the conversation with Jon Anderson below. Also check out some of his music.

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The global success of the suburban Washington, DC reggae band SOJA is itself a remarkable story. Digging deeper in a hotel interview we recorded during their last visit to the islands, band leader Jacob Hemphill shared with HPR’s Dave Lawrence some of his own international experience, and explained how the group’s sound developed.

SOJA play the MACC in Kahului Friday, Saturday they’re at Kaka`ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu, and Sunday at Kilohana Plantation on Kaua`i. See video of the interview and hear the radio feature below.

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  Bill Cosby’s career has spanned decades, styles and media platforms. Along the way, he picked up a PhD in Education, which has remained a theme in his life. Ahead of a pair of island dates, he told HPR’s Dave Lawrence, that at 75, he’s been thinking about some lessons from the past.

Bill Cosby is at the MACC in Kahului Friday and the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu Saturday. Hear more of this conversation below.

  Next month Boston band the Dropkick Murphys return to the islands. The group has been active since the late 90’s, though prominent featuring of their music in the film The Departed considerably boosted their profile. Longtime drummer Matt Kelly told HPR’s Dave Lawrence about his connections to Hawai`i.

Robin and Linda Williams are performers who’ve been closely associated with the public radio show A Prairie Home Companion for decades. Ahead of their debut island tour, they explained to HPR’s Dave Lawrence how the pair came together back in 1971.

  Common Bond is the upcoming solo album from Billy Joel sax player/Ringo Starr All Starr Band Music Director Mark Rivera. It's also a good way to describe his connection to The Beatles, having worked with three of the Fab Four, and in a series encore recorded in Sydney, he explained to HPR’s Dave Lawrence how the journey started with John Lennon.

He’s sold over 250 million albums around the world; is credited with Britain's first rock and roll song; and Beatle John Lennon once stated that before this performer came along, “there had been nothing worth listening to in British music”. We’re talking about entertainer and philanthropist Sir Cliff Richard. HPR’s Dave Lawrence caught up with him during a recent tour stop in Sydney, Australia. 

See and hear the complete interview with Sir Cliff Richard below, recorded 12 February 2013 during his run at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia.

  Shortly after releasing their debut album Kilroy Was Here, members of local rock act 11th Hour visited our Atherton Performing Arts Studio for a special unplugged performance/interview session with HPR’s Dave Lawrence.

See the complete video and get the audio of 11th Hour performing at the Atherton below. 

Kilroy Was Here is their debut album. The band is performing live Saturday March 9th at the Sandbox, Waikiki. Find out more about 11th Hour online at their home page

  Actress Sarah Wayne Callies grew up in Honolulu before striking it big first in Prison Break, and more recently, in The Walking Dead. The Punahou grad took time to speak with HPR’s Dave Lawrence on a recent trip home. During her debut Atherton Performing Arts Studio visit, she shared some of her earliest Hawai`i experiences.  

Hear and see Sarah Wayne Callies' complete Atherton Studio session below. Catch black and white episodes of the first seasons of The Walking Dead Thursdays on AMC and look for her recurring appearances on new episodes Sunday evenings.

Santana's tour brings him to Hawai`i for a pair of shows next month, his first public island performances in fifteen years. This afternoon we present the first in two extended interview segments on All Things Considered as host Dave Lawrence speaks with Carlos Santana about his upcoming concerts, latest album Shape Shifter and more.

Listen for another extended interview feature with Carlos Santana as we get closer to the shows, and another week of featuring Santana's music during our calendar segment at 12:20 and 4:20 each weekday on All Things Considered.

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