The Conversation

Weekdays at 11am am on HPR-1 with a rebroadcast at 7pm

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. 

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Lillian Tsang is the producer, Ryan Finnerty and Amber Khan are the Production Assistants.

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The Conversation: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

May 24, 2017

Local Surgeon Returns from Mosul: Dr. Tom Crabtree; The New Mastersounds: Jazz Maui second annual East Meet West, Bryant Neal

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

May 23, 2017
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Surfrider Foundation Blue Water Task Force: Stuart Coleman; The New Mastersounds: Eddie Roberts

The Conversation: Monday, May 22nd, 2017

May 22, 2017
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The Case for Short Term Rentals; Maui County Council Chair; Music from Rachel Gonzales

The Conversation: Friday, May 19th, 2017

May 19, 2017
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Honolulu County Council Chair; Tiny Homes Coming to Kauai; Music of Silent Films

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 17th 2017

May 17, 2017
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Mumps Outbreak Expected to Grow; Gap Between Metal and Physical Health; West Side Story Comes to Maui

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

May 16, 2017
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Fallout from WannaCry Cyberattack; Pesticide Alternatives Education; Kahilu Quintet

The Conversation: Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017
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A Plan to Save Hawaii's Coral; Hawaii Coffee Issues; Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin

The Conversation: Friday, May 12th 2017

May 12, 2017

Building 10 Houses in 10 Days; Creating an Eco-friendly Sunscreen; Music from Jeff Peterson

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 10th 2017

May 10, 2017
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Non-Profit Funding Questions; New Education Research; A Journey Through the Foster Care System

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017
Coral Reef Protection

Coral Reef Health: Ruth Gates; Nick & Danny Kaleikini Mother’s Day show

The Conversation: Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017
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Rebuilding Media Trust; MVT’s Wait Until Dark; History of the Jones Act; Mural Art

The Conversation: Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017
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Check-in with Senator Mazie Hirono;  AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins; Legislative Session Wrap Up

The Conversation: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

May 3, 2017
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Pushback Against TAT Hike; New Alzheimer Treatment; Training the Next Generation of Journalists

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

May 2, 2017
U.S. Air Force

North Korea and Hawaii: Retired Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf; Maui Mauka Conservation Awareness Training: Lissa Fox Strohecker

The Conversation: Monday, May 1st, 2017

May 1, 2017

HART Recovery Plan; New Strategies for Dyslexic Students; ‘A Few Good Men’ On Stage

The Conversation: Friday, April 28, 2017

Apr 28, 2017

New Teacher Contract Guarantees Raises; Pioneering Musician June Millington; Hawaiian Language Opera

The Conversation: Monday, April 24, 2017

Apr 28, 2017

Tax Brackets, HB209 and HB375: Tom Yamachika, UK/India Storyteller: Craig Jenkins

Tax Brackets, HB209 and HB375: Tom Yamachika

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Apr 26, 2017

Hawaii's U.S. district attorney, Attorney Flo Nakakuni, Comedian Ron Josol

Hawaii's U.S. district attorney, Attorney Flo Nakakuni


Today we talk with Florence Nakakuni, Hawaii's first female U.S. Attorney for the district of Hawaii that was appointed by President Obama. We talk with her about the resignation of more than 40 U.S. attorneys and the White House administration. 

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Apr 25, 2017

Homelessness Legislation: Scott Morishige, Ballroom Dancing: Faith Agbayani, Ke Kai Ola: Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital: Deb Wickham 

Homelessness Legislation: Scott Morishige

The Conversation: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Apr 21, 2017

Should Aloha Stadium Be Replaced? Japanese Satire On Stage; Raku Hoolaulea

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Apr 19, 2017
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Dire Funding Challenges for Wahiawa General; Housing Affordability Nationwide; Miles Electric Band

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Apr 18, 2017
Christopher Cole / Honolulu Museum of Art

March for Science; Clean Transportation Benchmark; Photographing South Asia

The Conversation: Monday, April 17th, 2017

Apr 17, 2017
Kerry Ach

Best Practices in Child Abuse Cases; Geospatial Data Portal; Remembering Kindertransport

The Conversation: Friday, April 14th, 2017

Apr 14, 2017
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Federal Funding Restrictions to Family Planning; Dog Attacks in Kakaako; Designing a Sustainable Future

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Apr 12, 2017
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Redefining Manufacturing; Navy Sexual Assault Prevention; From Refugee to Jazz Fame

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Apr 11, 2017

Tax Revenue Intrigue; Drug Policy Changes; Master Kite Flying

The Conversation: Monday, April 10th, 2017

Apr 10, 2017
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US-China Summit Analysis; Merrie Monarch and Rapid Ohia Death; Story of Lahaina

The Conversation: Friday, April 7th, 2017

Apr 7, 2017
Maui Art of Trash

Running Beaches for Assault Victims; Bike-share Coming to Hawaii; Harpist Patrick Ball

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Apr 5, 2017
Mount Bachelor

Hawaii as a Sanctuary State; Reproductive Rights in the Legislature; Gerry Lopez Combines Surfing and Snowboarding

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Apr 4, 2017
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Pay Gap on Equal Pay Day; Controversy over Private Artifact Collection; Hawaii in 1000 Years