Dave Lawrence

Reports and interviews from HPR's Dave Lawrence

Today we’re wrapping up a special Heavy Metal Holiday week of guests, as we’ve been celebrating some new releases by a trio of gifted singers associated with hard rock / heavy metal bands.

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This week on Helping Hand we have a return visit from Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, who welcomes people to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter.  We learn more as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Murphy.   

Kenny G is back in Honolulu for another run of dates ending New Years Eve at the Blue Note. He took time with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss some of the interesting ways his career has intersected with a number of wide-ranging musical luminaries, as well as future collaborative aspirations. 

See the complete interview below: 

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Graham Bonnet may not have a household name, but he gave voice to Rainbow's hits "Since You've Been Gone" and "All Night Long", as well as a body of work with Michael Schenker, Alcatrazz and many ot

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Singer/songwriter/musician Geoff Tate has released the second effort in a trilogy of albums from his new Operation Mindcrime project.

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For Stargazer, we learn more about a recently discovery of ice and water in the solar system, plus what we can look for in the dark skies of the Aloha State, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hawai‘i, a returning guest organization with a very high quality returning guest. Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai’i has partnered with guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community to pair children with carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors.

The Outlaws are among the classic Southern Rock bands, but also bring a lot more to the table than some may realize. With five-part harmony vocals and their own take on the twang, Legacy Live is their latest effort, capturing the band live at a pair of shows in upstate New York and Florida.

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to some things to look for in our dark island skies, we learn about the Christmas Star.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Aloha United Way, and some easy methods of supporting their efforts to help those in need across the Aloha State this holiday season. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Emily Mendez-Bryant, Vice President, Fundraising and Major Gifts, of Aloha United Way.

On December 7th, Greg Lake passed on at 69 after a long battle with cancer. The bassist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, author and producer had been the early voice of King Crimson, then Emerson, Lake and Palmer with songs like Lucky Man, Still You Turn Me On, From The Beginning and many others people around the world identified with.

When Earth, Wind and Fire performed their sold out show at the Blaisdell Arena in September, original member/bassist Verdine White sat down the night before for a conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence. One of the many topics covered was the new book, My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire, by the late Maurice White, his older brother.  

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There have been a lot of tributes to Tom Moffatt over the last day, and here's another one. In late 2012, the legendary Hawaii radio personality and concert promoter who passed away Monday was our guest on All Things Considered. At the time, Tom was promoting his upcoming 40th anniversary screening of Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena. Today we play some highlights of that conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence in memory of the late, great Tom Moffatt. Aloha, Uncle Tom.  

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Today the Aloha State learned that local concert promoter and radio personality Tom Moffatt had passed away Monday. He was 85 and had been reported to be in declining health for several months. Another local entertainment industry legend is Shep Gordon, Alice Cooper's manager and a longtime Valley Isle resident.

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to some evening planet viewing, we also hear about the end of a well-known NASA mission in the solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand, we have an opportunity for giving back that is statewide: we're going down the holiday wish list for the Salvation Army, and their most critical items to help those in need across the Aloha State. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands.

Longtime Alice Cooper manager and Valley Isle resident Shep Gordon has had an incredible career in the entertainment industry that goes much deeper than handling the affairs of Alice.

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This week on Stargazer, we have planets to try and spot in our dark island skies, plus we learn how NASA must defend funding provisions for a space program as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

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Legendary musician, artist and co-founder of A & M Records, Herb Alpert, returns with his wife and musical partner Lani Hall for a weekend of dates at the Blue Note in Waikiki December 15 - 18.  "Human Nature" is his latest album in a successful career that has spanned decades for the part-time resident of the Aloha State.

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No, not that kind of water ice. In addition to what we can try and spot in our dark island skies, we hear about a NASA discovery of frozen water just beneath the surface of the Red Planet, as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

     

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The Godfather of the British Blues, John Mayall, has returned to Hawaii for a three-island tour that began Wednesday on Maui. It continues this evening at the Palace in Hilo, then Saturday at the Honoka`a People's Theatre, before wrapping up Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki.

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This week on Helping Hand we have returning guests the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, a nonprofit concerned with the social welfare of children and families on the Valley Isle who have suffered abuse and severe neglect. It’s a privilege to welcome back Director Paul Tonnesen for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Stargazer, it’s a return to the Subaru Telescope on the Mauna Kea summit for a discovery of a dwarf galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

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During the week Prince William is in Vietnam on behalf of endangered animals threatened by consumers there, we continue our Helping Hand series about the rhino extinction crisis of poaching, rooted by rhino horn consumption primarily in Vietnam and China. Traffic is an NGO partnership between the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Last weekend, legendary musician and songwriter Leon Russell passed away. He was 74. After a heart attack in July, he was recovering from heart surgery and died in his sleep.

New York musician and songwriter Peter Cincotti is touring the Aloha State following the release of his Exit 105 EP, playing the Blue Note Hawai‘i in Waikīkī through Sunday at 6:30 and 9 p.m. each night.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, wrapped up a historic visit to Vietnam where he tried to reach people from across the spectrum with a message to end trafficking and consumption of endangered wildlife. Vietnam is the epicenter of the problem, which has pushed elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and pangolins to the edge of extinction. After meeting with politicians, school children, traditional medicine practitioners, conservationists and young business leaders, he addressed the third International Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi. You can view it below. 

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about some planets to try and spot in our dark island skies and learn about a new piece of technology up at the Mauna Kea summit, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

        

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