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

Marc Cohn is in Honolulu thru Saturday performing at the Blue Note Hawaii. The artist, best known for his massive hit Walking in Memphis, recently released Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, a collection of demos and related material from prior to his first album.

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Timothy B. Schmit recently released a new solo effort, Leap of Faith, his sixth. It's the first new album from the longtime bassist of The Eagles, and previously Poco, since 2009's Expando.

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On Stargazer, we’ll hear about some objects to look for in our evening skies this week, plus hear about a new piece of equipment at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

Learn more at the Subaru Telescope website.  

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Aloha Independent Living Hawaii, dedicated to helping those with disabilities in the Aloha State get the independent living services they need. The majority of board members and staff are persons with disabilities. They offer critical assistance and have many volunteer opportunities. They are eager to hear from any disabled people with concerns about living independently.

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This week on Stargazer in addition to hearing about some planets to look for in our dark island skies, we learn about a team effort discovery at the Mauna Kea summit as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Learn more about the discoveries in this press release from the Subaru Telescope.        

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This week on Helping Hand we are welcoming back Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu to discuss their current invitation to children from across the state to submit artwork to its “Under the Sea” Art Contest for the design of the new EOS imaging system there. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Angela Keen, Public Relations at Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu.

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Judy Collins has made a name for herself over a half century of music and activism. From her role at numerous civil rights marches to testifying during the Chicago Seven court drama, to speaking about mental illness and suicide prevention, she has gone far beyond many others when it comes to standing up for issues that concern her.

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This week on Stargazer there are several planets we can look for, plus we’re learning about a new joint mission to a planet you often don’t hear about on the exploration front, and even the partnership between countries may surprise some, 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 the Hawai‘i Foodbank, who have a sobering mission: they work to provide about 125 local agencies with food, feeding a staggering one in five people of the Aloha State’s population. A quarter million people are in need of help. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gerald Shintaku, Foodbank President, about the crisis of hunger in Hawai‘i and the many opportunities to lend a helping hand.

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This week on Stargazer we’ve got three planets to try and spot in our dark island skies, plus we’re learning about the next phase of a space exploration training mission getting underway here in the Aloha State as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Kyle Eastwood is in town for performances with his band in Honolulu. Son of longtime jazz fan Clint Eastwood, the bassist has had a string of successful jazz albums and had his music in a number of his father's films.

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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. 

See the complete interview below: 

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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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