Dave Lawrence

Local Host, All Things Considered

Dave Lawrence has been on the radio for over 25 years.

He’s hosted All Things Considered on Hawaii Public Radio since 2009, and has hosted afternoon radio in the islands since 2002. Previously he was music director and afternoon host for 105.9 KPOI, Honolulu; following five years there, he worked on-camera with Hawaii comedian/TV personality Andy Bumatai as a segment host on The Andy Bumatai Show. Prior to his time in the islands, Dave spent nearly a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting’s WBCN and WZLX, in Boston as a member of the air-staff as well as producer for both afternoons with Mark Parenteau and AM Drive for The Big Mattress with Charles Laquidara.

He graduated from Emerson College, where he produced the communication school’s first music CD/ compact disc of material recorded live at the radio station, WERS Presents... Live On Gyroscope. The release won the NACB Creative Project Award in 1993.

Throughout his radio career, Dave has developed his skills as an interviewer, speaking with a wide range of diverse musicians and artists. From Ozzy Osbourne to Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend to James Brown, Smokey Robinson to Brian Wilson, Dave has interviewed hundreds of seminal artists, both in-person and on the phone. Dave has hosted a number of critcally acclaimed artists in HPR's own Atherton Performing Arts Studio, including Ben Vereen, Journey's Neal Schon, Ziggy Marley, Booker T. Jones, Hot Tuna, Godsmack, Taj Mahal and many others. In addition to the music features, Dave also hosts two weekly segments on Hawaii Public Radio. “Stargazer” is done with astronomer Christopher Phillips, giving listeners an idea what to look for in our island skies, plus tapping into the teams of researchers working at the Mauna Kea summit, and observatories around the world. “Helping Hand” is an extended interview segment which highlights organizations assisting the most vulnerable in the community, giving exposure to those that fight for the disabled and others facing special needs, including the homeless, those facing domestic abuse, the elderly and other at risk populations. Helping Hand underlines Dave’s passion for helping those in need.

Dave's exposure to radio and assisting community members in need is part of his family background; his mother Isobel worked in the radio industry, as well as being a disability design consultant and a strong supporter of disabled U.S. veterans.

Ways to Connect

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Claire Cutler, one of the hosts of the Homeward Bound Thanksgiving 5k  to end homelessness in Hawaii. It benefits area homeless service provider IHS, the Institute for Human Services. Hawaii is home to the worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States per capita. Open to individuals and families of runners, joggers and walkers, it happens in Honolulu Thanksgiving morning at 7 a.m.

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Rita Coolidge is touring Hawaii starting tomorrow on Kauai, then Friday in Honolulu, Saturday on the Big Island and Sunday on Maui. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with her about her life of musical connections, sharing stories about Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, other musical luminaries she's crossed paths with and how her Native American heritage has shaped her.

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In addition to hearing what to look for in our dark island skies, we learn about a new discovery from an observatory in South America as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back After-School All-Stars Hawaii, who provide after-school programs for at-risk children, while introducing them to the Project Unify concept from Special Olympics Hāwaii to foster respect, inclusion and friendship between general ed students and special ed students with intellectual disabilities.

The Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet are wrapping up a three night run at the Blue Note Hawaii tonight with shows at 6 and 9 p.m.

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We head up to the Mauna Kea summit for a discovery as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii back to Helping Hand. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and their annual conference is tomorrow at Queen’s Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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We learn about a local discovery relating to a mysterious object that has emerged from outside the solar system HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week Stargazer shares some news about a mission that has revealed new images of weather on a planet in the solar system, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

      

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This week Helping Hand previews the 2017 Footsteps to Transition Fair, tomorrow, Saturday October 21 at Windward Community College, 8:30 a.m. to noon for middle and high school students with special needs and their loved ones from across Oahu to assist in critical details of making transitions to adult life.

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Reggae legends Black Uhuru have returned to the Aloha State, following a visit in May. This time, the tour starts tonight at the Blue Note, before hitting the Poipu Beach Athletic Club Friday, Uncle Roberts in Pahoa Saturday, and the MACC Sunday.

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On Stargazer, we get a heads-up on a major celestial announcement as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand, it’s distinguished returning guest Special Olympics Hawaii, offering participation in individual and team sports for intellectually disabled community members, and for people without intellectual disabilities in inspiring unified sports teams.

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With over fifty years in the entertainment industry, Burt Bacharach, at 89, has truly earned the title of living legend. You may have heard him supporting Hawaii Public Radio during our recent pledge drive.

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For Stargazer we hear about some prime viewing opportunities in our dark island skies, and get an update on a mysteriously dimming celestial object we’ve followed for some time, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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From October 12th to October 15th, the Aloha State gets a visit from an extraordinary legend in the world of show business: Burt Bacharach.

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Guitar monster Tommy Emmanuel is playing Honolulu Thursday through Sunday at the Blue Note, and then on the Valley Isle Monday at the MACC, touring to support his latest release, Live at the Ryman.

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For Stargazer this week, in addition to hearing what to look for in our dark island skies, we’ll hear about an exciting new discovery relating to telescopes on Haleakalā as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is wrapping up two days at the Blue Note this evening with shows at 6 and 9 p.m., his debut live performances in the Aloha State. The Grammy Award winner spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his visit to Honolulu, roots in music going back to his childhood, and some of the unusual musical connections this Chicago artist has had over the course of his career.

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This week on Stargazer, we learn about an adventurous asteroid retrieval mission as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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On Helping Hand this week it’s Best Buddies Hawai‘i and details on three upcoming events with the organization that helps create friendships and inclusion between intellectually disabled and general education students. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Best Buddies Hawai‘i State Director Sarah Man.

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This week on Stargazer, just days after one historic NASA mission comes to an end, another one is reawakened, we hear, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

This Saturday night The Stylistics return to the Blaisdell. The band have been performing in the Aloha State since the early 1970's, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence explored some of that long history with original member Airrion Love.

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Damian Marley is headed back to the Aloha State for concerts September 29th and 30th at the Blaisdell and MACC, respectively, touring behind his new "Stony Hill" album.

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This week on Stargazer, a historic NASA mission we’ve reported on many times over the years comes to a fiery ending… as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

Learn more about the end of the mission in this NASA video.

Al Di Meola has returned to Honolulu for the first time in three decades to perform live. Regarded as among the most technically proficient and innovative guitarists, he's at the Blue Note through Saturday with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

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This week Helping Hand proudly welcomes back the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii, advocating on behalf of the blind and those with vision challenges. Their annual state convention is September 30 & October 1 at 1901 Bachlot Street in Honolulu.

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