The Benevolent Mind

Weekdays during The Conversation on HPR-2
  • Hosted by Bob Wehrman

“The Benevolent Mind” is a 100-episode radio series created in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF), celebrating a century of giving in 2016.

The series shares stories of the many acts of generosity that have helped shape the community we live in today. Each one of us, throughout our lifetime, has benefited from someone’s kindness and desire to leave a lasting gift to Hawaiʻi. Today, the impact of their philanthropy is evident throughout our islands, in its schools and programs for youth, healthcare institutions, nature preserves, and more.

How has philanthropy touched your life? And how will you “pay it forward” to make a difference for future generations?

Journey with writer, researcher, and narrator Bob Wehrman, as he takes you on a quest to discover the spark that ignites giving. Philanthropy: it’s all about you

Bob Wehrman hosted HPR’s music program Mirror of the New for more than a decade, and wrote and narrated its acclaimed architecture series "The Shape of Hawaii." He is the author of eight books, most recently The Unnatural Act, and the soon-to-be-released Walking Man. He is also a professional musician, composer, and educator.

Starting on August 4, 2016, “The Benevolent Mind” airs every weekday on The Conversation (HPR-2) at approximately 8:45 a.m. The series in its entirety recently aired on HPR-1.


Ways to Connect

Episode 39: Paul Mancini

Sep 22, 2016

Episode 38: Vi Loo

Sep 21, 2016

Episode 37: Bull Haynes

Sep 20, 2016

Episode 36: Kosasa Family Fund

Sep 19, 2016

Episode 35: Jester Galiza

Sep 16, 2016

Episode 34: Scottish Rite Speech School

Sep 15, 2016

Episode 33: J & H Haynes

Sep 14, 2016

Episode 32: Hawaii Women's Fund

Sep 13, 2016

Episode 31: Castle Foundation

Sep 12, 2016

Episode 30: Lahainaluna School

Sep 9, 2016

Episode 29: Maka'eo Walking Path

Sep 8, 2016

Episode 28: ABC Stores

Sep 7, 2016

Episode 27: Dr. Sakamoto

Sep 6, 2016

Episode 26: Lanai Health Center

Sep 5, 2016

Episode 25: Kristi Bates

Sep 2, 2016

Episode 23: The Wilcox Family

Aug 31, 2016

Episode 22: The Honolulu Symphony Society

Aug 30, 2016

Episode 19: The Amazing Mazie Sanford

Aug 25, 2016

Episode 18: The Gene For Altruism

Aug 24, 2016

Episode 17: The Nature Conservancy

Aug 23, 2016

Episode 16: LGBT Legacy Foundation

Aug 22, 2016

Episode 15: The WW I War Memorial

Aug 19, 2016

A history of the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium.

Episode 14: The Community Restoration Partnership

Aug 18, 2016

  The Community Restoration Partnership funds near-shore habitat restoration and projects that improve coastal water quality.

Episode 13: How Beer Helped Give Back

Aug 17, 2016

In 1971 Edward and Norma Doty’s company, Eagle, became Hawaii’s exclusive distributor for Anheuser-Busch. After Mr. and Mrs. Doty passed, their family wanted to give back to the community. So they established the Edward J. and Norma Doty Charitable Fund, which gives financial help to many charitable organizations including the Child and Family Service, Queens Cancer Center, and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Association.

Episode 12: The German Benevolent Society

Aug 16, 2016

  Germans had a big and important role in the growth of Honolulu. Since 1867, the German Benevolent Society has helped provide services to the culture and growth of Honolulu.

Episode 11: Ellen Hamada Scholarship

Aug 15, 2016

  Ellen Hamada had two passions, one was for sewing and the other was to pass her knowledge on. So she formed a school to teach her craft. When she passed away, a scholarship was set up for students wishing to pursue a career in fashion design.

Episode 10: Dopamine and Giving

Aug 12, 2016