The Conversation

Weekdays at 11am on HPR-1

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of locally-focused discussions of public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from around the block and around the world provide perspectives on life in the islands and issues that have not yet reached Hawaii. 

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to You can also reach us on our talkback line at 808-792-8217. Remember to tell us your name and where you're from. Share your comments about the show in a short 30-second message and then on Fridays we'll play some of them on the air.

The production team is Lillian Tsang, Ryan Finnerty and Amber Khan.

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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Sustainable Tourism; Changing Face of Tourism; “Harvey” On Stage

Brian Ramos

HI-SEAS; Big island Tourism; Hana Flights

Par Hawaii

Myanmar Unwound; Oil Refining in Hawaii; Sustainable Tourism


Global Food Production; Sustainable Tourism; Big Wave Surfing for Women

NYCMarines / Flickr

Deporting Veterans; Resilient Cities; Politics of Tourism

manhhai / Flickr

Ala Wai Upgrades; Veterans Remember Vietnam; Peace Corps Memoir

Occupy Hilo / Flickr

Push to Drive Electric; Psychology of White Collar Crime; Author Jaimal Yogis


Banking for Dispensaries; Technical Challenges of Urban Rail; Women in Business

Hawaii Island Festival of the Birds

Equifax Data Hack; Cleaning West Loch; Birding On The Big Island

DMZ111 / Flickr

Peace and 9/11; Climate Change and Extreme Weather; ‘Orphan Master’s Son’ Author

Public Domain Pictures

Extending TAT to Vacation Rentals; History of Rail on Oahu; Understanding the Legislative Process  

Public Domain Pictures

Flood Insurance Maps; Life Under Threat from North Korea; Unions in Hawaii   


efile989 / Flickr

DACA in Hawaii; Mapping Hawaii’s Tax Structure; Social Media Marketing    


mrbrkly / Flickr

Legislative Factions; Performance Anxiety; Making Eye-Care Available

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Special Session Wrap-Up; Containing Public Works Costs; Lihue Architecture

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TAT Explained; History of Honolulu Rail; US-India Relationship

JDNX / Flickr

Honolulu Council Chair on Rail; Food Innovation; History of Kakaako


Neighbor Island Perspective on Rail; Opioid Abuse on the Rise; Plant-Based Diets

The Conversation: Friday, August 25th, 2017

Aug 25, 2017
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr

Special Legislative Session; Thoughts from a Former Governor; Smartphone Apps for Farmers

The Conversation: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Aug 23, 2017
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Surviving Funding Cuts; Alt-Right in Hawaii; Co-Working Space Opens in Honolulu

The Conversation: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Aug 22, 2017
Go Greener / Flickr

Bluefin Tuna; Local Sea Level Rise; Accessing Medical Cannabis

The Conversation: Monday, August 21st, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

North Korea Policy Failure; Smoke-Free Cars; Coming Age of Automation

The Conversation: Friday, August 18th, 2017

Aug 18, 2017
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Rail Finances; Internet Freedom; Honolulu Complete Streets

MC Quinn / Flickr

Later School Start Time; Hokule’a Logistics; Addressing Abandoned Vehicles


ACA Rate Hikes; Kahala Beach Easement; Economic Value of the Arts

The Conversation: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Aug 14, 2017
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Affordable Rentals; Pesticides and Honey; Music from Henry Kapono and Jerry Santos

The Conversation: Friday, August 11th, 2017

Aug 11, 2017
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North Korea; Keeping Calm in Guam; Making the Case for GMO’s

The Conversation: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Aug 9, 2017
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American Greatness; ‘The Glass Castle’ Director; Hawaii International Music Festival

The Conversation: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Aug 8, 2017
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Kapolei, The Second City; Ha’iku Stairs; Neuter-Release Strategy

Public Domain Pictures

Medical Marijuana; Immigrants in Hawaii; Aloha Got Soul