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. 

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.

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

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

Flickr - justgrimes

The Race for OHA; Final Thoughts on the Election; A True Paniolo Legend Comes to Stage


Wikimedia Commons

An Insider’s Look at the Fishing Industry; Lackluster Results from Cyber Charter Schools; Hawaii’s Unique View of Family

Vimeo - Ku Kanaku

Mental Health Problems for Military Spouses; Remembering Hawaiian Activist and Scholar Kanalu Young; A Modern Take on the Greek Classic Antigone


Growing Teachers on Kauai; Affordable Housing on Hawaiian Homelands; Hawaii's Own Special Effects and Animation Studio

Flickr - Ernie & Katy Newton Lawley

Exploring the Electoral College; 2017 Outlook for Social Security; Teaching Tolerance to Children Through Theater

Flickr - Beth Cortez-Neavel

Presidential Race Down to the Wire; Online Pro-Bono Legal Service Seeks to Narrow Justice Gap; Helping the Intellectually Disabled be a Part of Society

Flickr - James Brennan

Ministering to Foreign Fisherman; Real Hawaiian Ghost Story; Hawaiians in the Media


Gaps in Childcare Assistance; Hawaii Farm Bureau Convention; Saving Seabirds on Kauai


Planned Parenthood Turns 100; HAPA Schedules Series of Intimate Shows; An Alternative to Dealing with Feral Cats

The Last Job in Hawaii; Staying Ahead of Climate Change; Exploring the Creative Process




Addressing Abuses in Fishing Industry; Appalachia on Stage; Post-Election America; Farming as Therapy

Wikimedia Commons

Balancing Development and Culture; Choosing a Candidate Made Easy; History Through the Arts


  If you’ve walked through Oahu’s Kaka'ako area, you know the place looks a lot different these days. Look around and you’ll see high rise and mixed use buildings under construction for a planned neighborhood, with residential units, shops and restaurants.  The identity that’s also emerging isn’t happening by accident. The Ward Village project of the Howard Hughes Corporation is leaving the sense of place to Hilo artist Sig Zane.

Wikimedia Commons

Hawaii Power Ballot Makes Voting Easy; Jedi Academy in Honolulu; Learning  to Create Special Effects

Flickr - Sanjoy Ghosh

Wailuku River Controversy; Resurgence of Swing Music; Lawsuit Filed Over School Conditions


Hidden Flaws in Political Polls; Paniolo Music; Honouliuli Internment Camp

No Room in Paradise; Deafness and the Arts; Police Reform

The Conversation: Monday, October 17th, 2016

Oct 17, 2016

Hawaii Farmers Brainstorm; Noir in Paradise; Addressing Anger

Sarah Anderson

Hawaii Agrotourism; Gary Washburn Jazz; Understanding TMT

Agrotourism in Hawaii: Lani Weigart


Transforming to a Sustainable Culture; Science and Culture of Coffee; Air Supply Not Out of Love from Fans


Proposed Game Preserve of Maui; Hawaiian Sovereignty On Stage; What Does It Mean to Be American Today?

Flickr - Tony Webster

Violent Borders; Afro-Caribbean Groove; T-4 Weeks to Election Day

Flickr - Paul Keller

State of Ethics in Hawaii; Metamorphoses On Stage; Charter Referenda on Oahu


Rodrigo Duterte; Aboriginal Dance Comes to Hawaii; Causes of Damage to Honolulu Rail

Flickr - jcc55883

Changing Chinatown; Acroyoga Workshop; Bridging Past and Present in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict



Uniting Men Against Domestic Violence; Local Non-Profit Cleaning Pearl Harbor; A Modern Take on Hawaiian Music


Risks to Pets from Little Fire Ants; Vice Presidential Debate; Americans and Vietnam

Dave Miyamoto

Recovering from Sexual Slavery; Telling Stories Through Collage; Questions About City Contracts

Flickr - Rick Brumble

Warning Signs in the Construction Cycle; Pioneering Wave Energy in Kaneohe; Mexican Consul General Comes to Hawaii

Flickr - Kosen Ishikawa

Hawaii: The Worst State to be a Teacher; ‘We Rise’ from Irie Love; 2016 Hawaii Tourism Conference; History of Queen Emma’s Summer Palace