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 on Helping Hand, with stories relating to homelessness and the housing crisis in the Aloha State making news, we’re digging into the topic of the housing crisis and welcoming back EAH Housing, a nonprofit corporation that develops and manages low-income housing, playing a leadership role in housing advocacy efforts. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with EAH Housing Vice President Hawai‘i Kevin Carney.

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This week on Stargazer we hear about a few objects to look for in our dark island skies, and learn about the birth of a star as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are back in the Aloha State for a tour. Frank Vignola sat down with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence for a conversation about some of the artists his career has crossed paths with, which includes getting to perform with half of The Beatles, as well as work with Madonna, Wynton Marsalis, Donald Fagen and many other notable artists. 

    

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii and the services they offer, as well as the upcoming Sharon’s Ride, Run, Walk January 29, their art therapy camp for kids and adults and their ‘Ohana Outings.

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This week on Stargazer we hear about an important local discovery made relating to the safety of the earth from traveling celestial objects, plus we find out what to look for in our dark island skies, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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. 

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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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Hawai‘i has lost a giant of broadcasting and music promotion. Tom Moffatt passed away Monday night at the age of 85, after several months of declining health. Moffatt started his on-air career in Hawai‘i in the 1950’s—and continued working on the air and behind the scenes until earlier this year. HPR’s Dave Lawrence has an appreciation of the man many knew as “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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