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.

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Hawai‘i has lost a giant of broadcasting and music promotion. Tom Moffatt passed away Monday night at the age of 85, after several months of declining health. Moffatt started his on-air career in Hawai‘i in the 1950’s—and continued working on the air and behind the scenes until earlier this year. HPR’s Dave Lawrence has an appreciation of the man many knew as “Uncle Tom.”

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Today the Aloha State learned that local concert promoter and radio personality Tom Moffatt had passed away Monday. He was 85 and had been reported to be in declining health for several months. Another local entertainment industry legend is Shep Gordon, Alice Cooper's manager and a longtime Valley Isle resident.

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to some evening planet viewing, we also hear about the end of a well-known NASA mission in the solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand, we have an opportunity for giving back that is statewide: we're going down the holiday wish list for the Salvation Army, and their most critical items to help those in need across the Aloha State. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands.

Longtime Alice Cooper manager and Valley Isle resident Shep Gordon has had an incredible career in the entertainment industry that goes much deeper than handling the affairs of Alice.

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This week on Stargazer, we have planets to try and spot in our dark island skies, plus we learn how NASA must defend funding provisions for a space program as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.            

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Legendary musician, artist and co-founder of A & M Records, Herb Alpert, returns with his wife and musical partner Lani Hall for a weekend of dates at the Blue Note in Waikiki December 15 - 18.  "Human Nature" is his latest album in a successful career that has spanned decades for the part-time resident of the Aloha State.

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No, not that kind of water ice. In addition to what we can try and spot in our dark island skies, we hear about a NASA discovery of frozen water just beneath the surface of the Red Planet, as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

     

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The Godfather of the British Blues, John Mayall, has returned to Hawaii for a three-island tour that began Wednesday on Maui. It continues this evening at the Palace in Hilo, then Saturday at the Honoka`a People's Theatre, before wrapping up Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki.

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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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