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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This week on Helping Hand we have returning guests the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, a nonprofit concerned with the social welfare of children and families on the Valley Isle who have suffered abuse and severe neglect. It’s a privilege to welcome back Director Paul Tonnesen for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Stargazer, it’s a return to the Subaru Telescope on the Mauna Kea summit for a discovery of a dwarf galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

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During the week Prince William is in Vietnam on behalf of endangered animals threatened by consumers there, we continue our Helping Hand series about the rhino extinction crisis of poaching, rooted by rhino horn consumption primarily in Vietnam and China. Traffic is an NGO partnership between the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Last weekend, legendary musician and songwriter Leon Russell passed away. He was 74. After a heart attack in July, he was recovering from heart surgery and died in his sleep.

New York musician and songwriter Peter Cincotti is touring the Aloha State following the release of his Exit 105 EP, playing the Blue Note Hawai‘i in Waikīkī through Sunday at 6:30 and 9 p.m. each night.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, wrapped up a historic visit to Vietnam where he tried to reach people from across the spectrum with a message to end trafficking and consumption of endangered wildlife. Vietnam is the epicenter of the problem, which has pushed elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and pangolins to the edge of extinction. After meeting with politicians, school children, traditional medicine practitioners, conservationists and young business leaders, he addressed the third International Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi. You can view it below. 

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about some planets to try and spot in our dark island skies and learn about a new piece of technology up at the Mauna Kea summit, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

        

Rachel Flowers, born weighing one pound five ounces, lost her sight not long after birth due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). But by two, Rachel displayed incredible musical skills; they led to her performing and writing music on multiple instruments, attracting stars from Arturo Sandoval to Dweezil Zappa, and the documentary Hearing is Believing.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Homeward Bound 5k 2016, a Thanksgiving morning 5k experience in Honolulu to benefit IHS, the Institute for Human Services, a local homeless services provider. The Aloha State has the worst homeless crisis in the nation.

This week we learn about a new space telescope.

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This week on Helping Hand we have a returning guest: Special Olympics Hawaii is back to discuss their programs for those with intellectual disabilities and their loved ones, and how we can support them, ahead of their sold out Over the Edge fundraiser tomorrow. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Tracey Bender, Special Olympics Hawaii Director of Development.

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For decades the band America have had a strong connection to the islands. Aside from doing sold out shows across the Aloha State, including at the Blaisdell Arena, the group also recorded 1977's "Harbor" on Kauai with legendary Beatles producer George Martin at the helm.

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Prince William is headed into the Asia Pacific on a solo mission… to defend two animals facing extinction due almost entirely to consumers there. Kensington Palace has announced the Prince will visit Vietnam, the capital of rhino horn use and a major destination for elephant ivory, November 17 and 18, where he will attend the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

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This week on Stargazer, we’ll hear about what to look for in our dark island skies as well about how a 1976 mission to Mars has resurfaced in the news as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

       

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This week on Helping Hand we hear about a special event at HPR’s Atherton Performing Arts Studio on December 22nd: the Helping Hand for the Homeless benefit concert with Jake Shimabukuro, supporting the Honolulu-area homeless services provider coalition Partners in Care.

The Yardbirds are back in the state for a three-night run at the Blue Note in Waikiki starting Friday. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all guitarists for the band that were groundbreaking in their approach of mixing American blues with rocking improvisations, including climaxes that came to be known as "rave ups." Original member/drummer Jim McCarty spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week in addition to what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a discovery of clouds on Pluto as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for Stargazer.

  

  

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to some evening planets to try and spot, we have news on a major landing coming up on a planet in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.      

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is in the islands, playing a second set of shows at the Blue Note in Waikīkī tonight before hitting the the Kahilu Theatre Friday and Kress Theatre in Hilo Saturday. Band leader, baritone/soprano sax player Roger Lewis spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about their history.

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For today’s Stargazer, we hear about some planets to spot in the evening sky plus an update on a recent discovery of a potentially inhabitable world as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

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Helping Hand welcomes back Best Buddies Hawaii, who help create opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for those with intellectual disabilities, ahead of their 5th Annual Friendship Jam, Wednesday October 12 at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu.

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After nearly four decades, the Average White Band has returned to the Aloha State. The funk group that originally hailed from Scotland broke into the funk/R&B scene in the early 1970's, making a name for themselves with tight grooves and memorable dance floor anthems.

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As we air a new pre-recorded phone interview with John Oates today on All Things Considered, we also learned the Daryl Hall & John Oates shows in Hawaii on October 27th and 29th will not happen. A message from promoters said Daryl Hall has an issue with his tonsils that requires medical attention, and refunds will be issued for tickets as he cannot perform for the next several weeks. Prior to cancelling the shows, HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with John Oates in a new conversation.  

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Tonight on Hawai‘i Island, there is a presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pāhoa Community Center discussing an epidemic of eye disease in pets in the Puna area. Some believe there is a potential connection to the Little Fire Ant, though that relationship remains speculative for now. From the non-profit Good Shepherd Foundation, Director Syd Singer spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about it.

    

   

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For today’s Stargazer, we hear about some planets to spot in the evening sky, plus a pair of discoveries in our solar system 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 returning guest organization NAMI Hawai‘i, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawai‘i, ahead of the Walk for Mental Health October 8th in Honolulu. Kumi McDonald, Executive Director, speaks with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Earth Wind & Fire are back in the islands. With a local history dating to 1975, original member and bassist Verdine White followed up his recent phone interview on Hawaii Public Radio with a conversation last night here in town, and among topics, spoke about his philanthropic side with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Earth Wind and Fire perform at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu tonight. The concert is sold out.

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For today’s Stargazer, in addition to details on what to look for in our dark island skies, we hear about a new discovery of a signal detected by a radio telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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This week on Helping Hand we feature the unique clubhouses program ahead of a October 6 fundraiser at the Honolulu Country Club for the Waipahu location.

Jake Shimabukuro's latest release might be his most ambitious yet. Nashville Sessions finds the ukulele virtuoso in a power trio format, taking the traditional instrument into a realm of guitar-like distortion, freewheeling jams and introspective, highly electric passages.

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