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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We’ve got some major evening planet viewing opportunities, a meteor shower to look for and we learn more about the historic recent discovery by the Kepler Space Telescope and teams at Mauna Kea summit as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.

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Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR1 stations airing statewide Fridays at 5:30 and archived here online. Each week, All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence 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 Aloha Independent Living Hawai`i

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On this week's Stargazer, the week begins with the “Blood Moon,” or a moon that can turn red or orange, along with a lunar eclipse. The eclipse kicking in at 6:53pm tonight, but not something we can really see until around 8pm. Also in store: prime viewing around the clock, plus we learn about a unique kind of observation coming up at the Mauna Kea summit this week as we connect with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center.                              

      

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There are some great viewing opportunities for planets in our night skies, as well as a new discovery relating to water in our solar system as All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer report.

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This week in addition to finding out about a variety of planets to look for and a pass of the ISS, we learn about a new discovery with a connection to the Mauna Kea summit, as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

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Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR airing on All Things Considered at 5:30pm each Friday afternoon on HPR1 stations statewide (and archived here online in our growing Helping Hand directory). Each week, HPR All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence 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 Mental Health Kokua with our guest – CEO Greg Payton.

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We hear about planets  and other phenomena to look for, plus continue learning about events in our solar system with a report on Volcanoes on one of earth’s neighbors, as All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week's Stargazer.

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Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR airing Fridays at 5:30 on HPR1 stations statewide on the afternoon drive program All Things Considered. Each week, local host Dave Lawrence 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 Shriner’s Hospital with their new administrator John White, who holds the top executive position at their Honolulu hospital.

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Guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan is back in the state. The former Fabulous Thunderbird, and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s older brother, connected with All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to reflect on some island influence in his guitar passion, and about his current tour of the 50th state. He’s touring behind his latest album, “Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites with Lou Ann Barton.”

Check out a sample of Jimmie's latest album below:

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We’ve got a variety of planets to look for this week, plus we learn about a new infrared search of outer space, and how it relates to a mysterious plant as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

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Helping Hand is a weekly feature that airs Fridays at 5:30 on HPR1 stations across the state during HPR's afternoon drive program All Things Considered. Each Friday, HPR afternoon host Dave Lawrence puts the spotlight on an organization or event that helps folks in need in the community. This week we’re learning about the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawai`i -- ATRC.

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We’ve got Jupiter at sunset, Venus in the early morning hours and we learn about a proposed mission to a distant moon as All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a weekly feature airing each Friday afternoon on HPR1 stations statewide at 5:30. All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence 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 the Disability and Communication Access Board – DCAB – via the Hawai`i State Department of Health with our guest, DCAB Executive Director Francine Wai.

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We’ve got several great planet-viewing opportunities, the moon enters its first quarter phase and we learn about a huge planetary discovering from Kepler space telescope as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a  weekly feature on HPR Friday afternoons at 5:30 on HPR1 stations heard statewide. Each week, All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence 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 the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Hawai`i Chapter.

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We’ve got Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus for viewing, the ISS passes over the islands and we learn about weather on Mars as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

Below, see material shot in August 2011 displaying warm-season weather on Mars. Scientists think it could demonstrate evidence of salty liquid water still active on the planet today:

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Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR Friday afternoons at 5:30 on HPR1 stations statewide. Each week, All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence 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 SPIN: Special Parent Information Network.

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We’ve got Mars, Jupiter and Saturn to look for; the Hubble Space Telescope passes overhead; and we learn about the Air Force’s latest secret space plane project as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

See an artist design of the XS-1, DARPA's experimental proposed unmanned hypersonic space plane:

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Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand will put 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 services offered from the American Cancer Society through their local offices, and in particular, about their Road To Recovery program.

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We’ve got Jupiter in the east, a nearly full moon, and Mars among viewing opportunities, plus we hear about and see new images from Saturn, as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

Here are some of the stunning new images of Saturn from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft:

See more images here.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR with local All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand will put the spotlight on an organization or event that offers assistance to folks in need in the community. This week we’re learning about the Aloha Medical Mission.

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We’ve got Jupiter, Mars and Saturn to look for, plus this week we learn about new discoveries relating to a Brown Dwarf as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

See the Keck Observatory Brown Dwarf image and learn more here.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR with local All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand will put the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the handicapped, disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re learning about PACTHawai`i – Parents and Children Together Hawai`i Family Service Agency. 

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Jupiter, Orion the Hunter, Mars and Saturn to look for and we’ll learn about the discovery of a supernova as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand will put the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the handicapped, disabled and other folks in need with All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence. Today we’re covering MS in Hawai`i, and presenting information for those in need of support or with someone in their life who could use help.

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We’ve got Jupiter, Orion the Hunter, Saturn and a Martian anniversary to celebrate as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin


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We’ve got Mars and Jupiter for easy evening viewing, Saturn in the early morning hours and we learn about some exciting new equipment up at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Gemini Planet Imager’s first light image of Beta Pictoris b, a planet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris:

See more images and learn about the Gemini Planet Imager.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin


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It’s time for Stargazer -- We’ve got Jupiter in the early hours, great views of constellations and the Milky Way galaxy, and a special photo from Mars to share as HPR's Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s report.

Mars panorama from December 2013:

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