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

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

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.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

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:

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon, All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence 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 Project Vision Hawai`i with their Executive Director, Annie Hiller.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Venus and Jupiter in the earlier part of the evening, with Mars and Jupiter in the late night hours, plus another meteor shower – and this is a pretty unusual one, too -- 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 several planets to look for, the International Space Station cruises by and we take a holiday-time trip to 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.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon on our statewide broadcast of All Things Considered, local host Dave Lawrence 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 The Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter with our guest Christine Payne, the Executive Director & CEO.

This organization offers a 24-hour phone counseling program for Alzheimer's caregivers and family members, as well as other services.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

In this week's  Stargazer, we’ve got Venus, Jupiter and Saturn to look for plus the full moon, winter solstice, another meteor shower and we learn about a new black hole discovery from the Mauna Kea summit as HPR's Dave Lawrence connects with Christopher Phillips at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars to look for,  another meteor shower is in store, a Chinese space-station cruises past and we’ll learn about a gamma ray burst as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Venus and Jupiter in the evening, Saturn comes up in the early morning and we’ll hear about a six-tailed comet as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Jupiter not long after sunset, plus constellations Taurus the Bull and Orion the Hunter among things to look for as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Venus at sunset, Jupiter coming up a little later, plus we’ll hear about work on the discovery of a planet recently 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.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Orion the Hunter, Jupiter and Mars, the full moon, plus we get an update on Comet ISON as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got Venus at sunset, another meteor shower is in store and we’ll hear about the discovery of a rogue planet as HPR's Dave Lawrence welcomes our new weekly guest for Stargazer, Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the new moon, Mercury at sunset, Jupiter rises before midnight and we have a farewell as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the last quarter moon, Mercury, Venus and Saturn at sunset, and our third meteor shower of the month as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the full moon, a trio of planets at sunset, plus a comet is whizzing by as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the first quarter moon, another meteor shower and the International Space Station cruises by as HPR's Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the new moon, there’s another meteor shower, and the Hubble Space Telescope makes an appearance as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the last quarter moon, several planets make a sunset-timed appearance and there’s a chance to start looking for another comet as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the full moon, no less than five planets will be visible and it’s time for the Autumnal Equinox as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the first quarter moon, Jupiter and Mars provide some early morning viewing and there’s a discovery relating to Brown Dwarfs we’ll hear about as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for this week’s Stargazer report.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

We’ve got the new moon, Mercury, Venus and Saturn at sunset and there’s a meteor shower in store as HPR’s Dave Lawrence connects with Shawn Laatsch from the Imiloa Astronomy Center for this week’s Stargazer.

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