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

Legendary musician Leon Russell is back in the islands, starting a tour on Maui last night. He’s touring to support a recent release of standards and classics called “Life Journey”. His show this evening in Honolulu has been canceled; refund info available at point-of-purchase.

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We have a few key planets to try and spot, the Hubble Space Telescope makes a pass and we learn about where not to look for life in outer space as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need with All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence. This week we’re learning about the topic of hospice, end of life planning and related issues with Kōkua Mau and our guest Jeannette Koijane.

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We have planets in the evening and the early morning hours to look for, and we find out about a galaxy-related discovery with a local connection as All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

This is a video explaining the Laniākea galaxy super-cluster.

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. This week All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence speaks with the ALS Association, the only national non-profit organization fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) -- Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 

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We have no less than three planets to try and spot in our evening island skies, and, we learn about a claim by another country’s space program that they discovered microbes living in outer space, as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR1 stations statewide Friday afternoons on All Things Considered. Each week, Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re learning about Lānakila Meals on Wheels, and how they help folks in the community in particular, about the upcoming Grandparents Day program.

SOJA is back in the islands touring to support their latest album, Amidst the Noise and Haste. Friday they continue on Maui before concluding their island tour in Honolulu. Vocalist and guitarist Jacob Hemphill called in to speak with All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence to discuss some of his lyrical messages of inclusion and empathy, like the new song Translation of One, taking on homophobia.

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We have Mars and Saturn in our evening sky, there’s a pass of a major space facility and we learn about a discovery at the Mauna Kea summit involving one of the oldest known stars as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR1 stations statewide and online here. Each Friday afternoon, All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence speaks with a different organization helping the disabled and others facing special needs in the community. This week we’re learning about the situation in East Hawai‘i County, where the results of Tropical Storm Iselle have left many facing new challenges. We’re touching base with the Red Cross Hawai'i State Chapter and CEO of Pacific Islands Region Coralie Matayoshi.

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We have two major planets to look for at sunset, plus we learn about volcanic activity recently detected on a moon in our solar system, involving multiple observatories in the islands as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Helping Hand is a weekly feature airing on HPR1 stations statewide Fridays at 5:30 on All Things Considered, and appearing here online. Each week, Helping Hand offers a conversation with an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need with local All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence.

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We’ve got a pair of sunset planets to look for, a meteor shower is happening and we learn about a new discovery relating to gamma rays as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips  for this week’s Stargazer report.

See the related NASA animation:

Helping Hand - HUGS

Aug 1, 2014
Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly interview feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon on HPR1 stations statewide at 5:30, Helping Hand offers a conversation focused on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. This week, with local All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence shares information about the group HUGS – Help, Understanding & Group Support -- volunteers trying to address issues families with seriously ill children face.

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The International Space Station is cruising past plus we hear more about local involvement in a Mars-related mission as All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence connects with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.

What does the surface of Mars look like? A little video refresher courtesy of the Mars Phoenix Lander.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon at 5:30 on HPR1 stations statewide, Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need with local All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence. This week we’re learning about PARENTS INC. – Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy and Support.

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A Chinese experimental spacecraft is among the objects we can look for passing overhead, plus we learn about another spacecraft, and a tricky mission to land on a comet as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR1, Friday afternoons at 5:30 and online here. Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re learning about an outstanding organization, Special Olympics Hawai'i. Local All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence speaks with VP of Sports and Sports Marketing, Dan Epstein.

Anne M. Raso

All Things Considered lives up to it's name this week on HPR with special guest Rob Halford. The legendary vocalist and songwriter spoke with local afternoon host Dave Lawrence following the release of the new Judas Priest studio album, Redeemer of Souls. The British band has survived many trends and fads since their early 70’s beginning. Following Black Sabbath out of Birmingham, over four decades their music has won acclaim for a dual lead guitar approach, as well as the talents of their friendly vocalist and lyricist.

  Legendary guitarist Johnny Winter passed away, it was announced today. We reflect with a piece utilizing material from a follow-up interview the guitarist did with HPR after his appearance via phone on All Things Considered with local host Dave Lawrence. This conversation was recorded in Johnny's dressing room at Hawaiian Brian's, Honolulu, April 2011. Johnny passed away yesterday in Zurich at 70.

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We have a variety of objects to look for in our night sky, and we get details about a new spacecraft powered by tapping solar winds as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report. 

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR each Friday afternoon at 5:30 on HPR1 stations statewide and online here, putting the spotlight on an organization or event that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need with All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence. This week we’re learning about Learning Disabilities Association of Hawai‘i, a non-profit founded in 1968 by parents of children with disabilities.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We find out what planets will be visible in our evening skies for most of the summer, plus learn about new projects to detect potential alien communication signals as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly interview feature on HPR1 stations statewide at 5:30pm Fridays and also online here. Each week we put the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. This week All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence speaks with  KORE.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We have a trio of planets to look for around sunset, and this week, we take a trip to a moon in our solar system to learn about a mysterious lake discovered there, as All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence connects with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.                                                                  

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR1 stations statewide airing Fridays at 5:30pm and also featured here online. Each Friday afternoon, All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence speaks with an organization in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re continuing a three-week series of guests from islands around the state. This week we connect with Hawai`i Island and Accessible Hawai`i, via Executive Director Jean Hartley.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We have the chance to spot several key planets over the course of the week, the ISS cruises past and we get an update on efforts to harvest asteroids as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly All Things Considered feature on HPR Friday afternoons at 5:30 on HPR1 stations statewide and here online. Each week Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. Today, All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence begins a three-island series speaking with organizations around the islands, starting with Habitat for Humanity Maui. Our guest is Sherri Dodson, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Maui.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

There’s an experimental space craft passing over this week, and we learn about developments with the International Space Station, as All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR1 and online here. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need with All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence. This week we’re learning about Hawai`i Meals on Wheels with our guest Executive Director Claire Shimabukuro.

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