Dave Lawrence

Reports and interviews from HPR's Dave Lawrence

Gifted artist Esperanza Spalding is continuing a tour of the Aloha State tonight in Honolulu at The Republik.

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For this week’s Stargazer, in addition to what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a discovery connecting an ancient civilization to materials on Earth believed to come from outer space… as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.      

Since 1969, Kool & the Gang have explored jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock and psychedelia, at times, combining these varying music forms. A previous guest on ATC during their genre-mixing tour opening for the  2012 David Lee Roth Van Halen reunion tour, Robert “Kool” Bell returns to speak with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence ahead of their June 7th Honolulu show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.     

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Lokelani 'Ohana, whose mission is to create socially therapeutic programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Listeners may recall when legendary entertainer Kris Kristofferson was on ATC, promoting a benefit concert he was doing for them.

Sad news today in the Aloha State as legendary local entertainer Jimmy Borges has passed. He was 80. Jimmy Borges was born in Kalihi and had music around him from the time he was a little kid, with his pop playing the ‘ukulele and piano and mom listening to Big Band records. It would have a profound influence on a guy who’d go on to be among the most respected musicians ever in the Aloha State. The man who’d become known to many as Hawai‘i’s Frank Sinatra passed on yesterday, according to news reports that quoted his family as the source.

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We hear about climate change on another planet in our Solar System this week on Stargazer as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Al Jourgensen of the innovative rock group Ministry is back with another new project, Surgical Meth Machine. The legendary artist took time to discuss that and much more in a new interview with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

    

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As the Aloha State continues to be the epicenter of homelessness in the United States, with the single worst homeless epidemic per capita anywhere in the country, Helping Hand welcomes back Family Promise of Hawaii, a program to help families with minor children escape homelessness. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Mary Saunders.

Andy McKee has made a name for himself due to his impressive finger-style guitar playing, Youtube videos that have been viewed by millions and ongoing tributes to the late Michael Hedges, a guitarist whose name and innovative techniques McKee keeps alive.

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This week on Stargazer in addition to what to look for in our dark island skies, we return to the topic of a mysteriously dimming celestial object as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.       

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This week on Helping Hand we’re returning to the topic of domestic violence and abuse in the Aloha State. We’re learning about one of the non-profits on the front lines of the issue: the Domestic Violence Action Center. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with CEO Nanci Kreidman.

New England blues act Sugar Ray and the Bluetones are performing a pair of concerts in the Aloha State, tonight at the Hawaii Theatre and Friday at the Naniloa Hotel in Hilo. Band leader Sugar Ray Norcia spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Stargazer we’ve got an observation in the news from folks atop the Mauna Kea summit at one of the powerful observatories, plus we hear what to look for in our dark island skies, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

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Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan took time to visit HPR's All Things Considered for an interview/performance session in Atherton Performing Arts Studio during his week of shows at the Blue Note Hawai'i. He spoke with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence about a wide range of topics, including his unusual guitar style and interest in music therapy.

 

Maui artist Lily Meola's debut album, They Say, was recently released, and it's already earned her three major award nominations and a slot at a prestigious new festival, not to mention landing her as one of Rolling Stone magazine's "Artists You Need to Know" list.

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This week on Stargazer in addition to some things to look for in our Aloha State skies, we hear about developments relating to apparatus that keeps astronauts safe in space,  as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.  

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about The Caregiver Foundation and the unique services they offer to the disabled, elderly and those caring for them. Saturday May 7th they have a fundraising event, A Lei of Care, at 3660 On The Rise on Wai‘alae Avenue in Honolulu 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gary Powell, their founder and Executive Director.

Tonight at the Hawai‘i Theatre and Saturday at the Marriott Waikoloa, Cheech & Chong continue their tour o

This week on Stargazer we hear what to look for in our dark island skies, plus we’re learning about a NASA probe that has run the course of its mission, and soon will face a fiery end, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

Musical group Hiroshima is back in the islands for a string of dates ending Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i. Longtime band leader Dan Kuramoto took time for a conversation about their spiritual approach to music, use of traditional Japanese instrument the Koto and connections to the Aloha State during a conversation on All Things Considered with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence

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This week on Helping Hand it’s returning guest Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i. This non-profit tries to address several key issues affecting women in the Aloha State, and they have a benefit fundraising Tea & Champagne Event May 16th in Honolulu. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Executive Director, Leela Bilmes Goldstein.

This week on Stargazer we are returning to Ceres, where NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is making an incredibly close pass to the dwarf planet; we learn more as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

Learn more about the mission here.

    

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This week we’re learning about Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. In addition to hearing about services they offer, we’ll also hear about their fundraiser April 27th at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Hawai‘i Legislative Director and Public Affairs Manager Laurie Field.

Guitarist Lee Ritenour is in the islands right now for a run of dates in Honolulu at the Blue Note Hawaii through Sunday. The guitarist, known to some as Captain Fingers due to his technical precision and equally impressive resume, spoke to HPR’s Dave Lawrence about some of his many career highlights, including work on a milestone rock album.  

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Los Lobos are back in the Aloha State beginning Thursday evening on the Garden Island. With a career spanning decades, longtime keyboardist, saxophonist and producer Steve Berlin shared with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence ahead of the tour.

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This week on Stargazer we learn more about the massive black hole discovery made with the help of a Mauna Kea summit telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.       

The Wailers is a reggae musical brand strongly associated with their one-time front man, Bob Marley; he played Waikiki with them in 1979. Original Wailer Aston “Family Man” Barrett, bassist and noted arranger keeps the legacy alive these days; he and the band are in town at the Blue Note thru Sunday, also in Waikiki. Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin, CeGee Victory, and Joshua David Barrett explained to HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence how the band carries the torch forward.    

Boston alternative country rockers Girls, Guns & Glory are touring the state, starting at the Hawai‘i Theatre tonight. They’ve got a unique sound, associated with rock, classic country and Americana, and front man Ward Hayden talked to HPR All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence about their unusual musical approach.

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For this week on Stargazer, a few very bright planets are easy to spot, plus we find out about a new University research project on the mainland trying to document objects thought to be just outside the solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.       

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