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 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.

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

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.

Photo Courtesy of Shawn Laatsch

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:

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

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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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.

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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.

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.

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