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

The band Hiroshima are planning a hiatus after their current tour, which has them returning to the Aloha State September 9th on Kauai before a pair of dates on Hawaii Island. After playing the Blue Note  in Waikiki earlier in the year, band leader Dan Kuramoto explained to HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence their reason for hitting Kauai and Hawaii Island on this return visit. 

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For today’s Stargazer, we hear about a Mauna Kea summit discovery relating to dark matter, and a galaxy thought to be almost entirely made up of it, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

      

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii ahead of their state convention October 1-2 at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu. The state convention, recent national convention, their efforts to assist those in need, and ways to support their organization are among the topics as National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii’s Virgil Stinnett, Katie Stinnett and Melissa Scroggins join HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

An artist with long ties to the Aloha State returns tomorrow for the Great Waikiki Beer Festival at the Hilton. Kenny Loggins talked about the event, his new "Footloose" children's book project and connection to Winnie the Pooh when he returned to HPR's All Things Considered ahead of the Saturday concert for a chat with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Earth Wind & Fire have a history going back decades with the Aloha State. While some bands never play Hawaii, the pioneering group have returned numerous times through the years, since making their debut in the islands at the Waikiki Shell in March of 1975.

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For today’s Stargazer, a newly discovered planet is among the topics 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 ALS -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease -- and ALS Research. Ahead of the upcoming Hawai‘i Walk to Defeat ALS September 17, and during this month they’re seeking support, HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Fred Fisher, President and CEO, the ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

Foghat have offered a heavy blues rock sound after several members left historic English blues rockers Savoy Brown to form the band in the early seventies.

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For today’s Stargazer, a return to a mysteriously dimming star we covered last year as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, learning about the disease afflicting 26,000 state residents, their upcoming four area walks and how we can support them. Honolulu ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Steve Tam, Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter Advisory Board member. 

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For today’s Stargazer, we have a run-down of things to look for in our dark island skies plus details on an incredible celestial phenomenon happening this week as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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On Helping Hand today we’re learning about how James Williamson of Iggy Pop & The Stooges fame, alongside artist Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays, have new music that is a 100% benefit for homeless children in Hawai‘i, with benefactor Project Hawaii.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Hawaii Fido Service Dogs, a non-profit devoted to assisting the disabled with service dogs.

Rickie Lee Jones is returning to the Aloha State for a tour that starts August 3 on Kauai, before hitting Waimea August 5,  Hilo August 6, Honolulu August 7, and Wailuku August 9 and 10.

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For today’s Stargazer, in addition to what we can look for in our dark island skies, we get an example of just how big the universe is as we learn about the discovery of a distant galaxy cluster 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 local non-profit Alea Bridge and the all-volunteer organization’s efforts to assist the homeless in the Aloha State, ranked as the single worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States, per capita. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Alea Bridge spokesperson Phil Acosta about their mission and upcoming July 30th fundraiser.

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Joan Osborne has performed a few private shows in the Aloha State, but right now she's in the midst of her first real tour of Hawaii. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence caught up with her during the first portion of the tour, a run of dates at the Blue Note Hawaii through Sunday.

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For today’s Stargazer, in addition to what we can look for in our dark island skies, we learn about a new discovery with a local connection of a high number of alien worlds 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 Helping Hands Hawaii and the program called Ready to Learn, aimed at assisting the extraordinary number of less-fortunate children across the Aloha State get school supplies. Through July 22nd, a donation of $10 will fill a backpack with basic school supplies. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Helping Hands Hawaii CEO and President our guest Jan Harada.

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The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime has detailed the disturbing role of Asian diplomats and crime syndicates in rhino poaching. The new report said corruption in South Africa and Mozambique contributed to Asian diplomats paying off officials to avoid prosecution. Among many sordid details, it noted syndicates like the Xaysavang Network exploited legal trophy hunts to obtain rhino horn using young women from Thailand, workers from strip clubs and massage parlors, who posed as hunters.

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For today’s Stargazer, hear a follow-up to the remarkable NASA mission to Jupiter as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand join HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence as he speaks with Hospice Maui CEO Grey LaGoy, discussing the topic of end of life care, and how this non-profit offers services and support relating to it. The conversation also covers details on the struggle to provide care for those suffering comprehensive or severe disabilities.

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For today’s Stargazer, we get the details on the historic mission to Jupiter set to arrive today as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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Today on All Things Considered during the statewide afternoon drive broadcast on HPR1, we offer a tribute to a music legend. A week ago today, the world lost one of the architects of funk, keyboardist/songwriter/arranger Bernie Worrell.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back Aloha Harvest. The non-profit organization has a unique way of both tackling food waste and supporting those in need of food, plsu there is an event this evening that benefits them. Executive Director Ku'ulei Williams speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

Legendary musician David Crosby is about to tour the islands, starting Saturday at the Blue Note in Waikiki, before more dates around the state.  He spoke to HPR ATC host Dave Lawrence about it.

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Hear the complete interview.

Find more Dave Lawrence interviews and features at this website.   

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This week we learn about another potential ocean hidden beneath a planet in our solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Aerosmith guitarist and songwriter Brad Whitford took time for HPR's All Things Considered to discuss his new side-project release Whitford / St. Holmes Reunion and share some classic Aerosmith memories with local HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

    

MORE BRAD:

Hear the complete interview with Brad Whitford.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Aloha Medical Mission, who assist those in need in the islands with their free dental clinic, and go out into the Asia Pacific with expanded medical services to assist those in crisis. Executive Director Toni Muranaka speaks with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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