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For decades, Bonnie Raitt has mixed her passion for music with philanthropy and activism. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend is continuing the tour for her 2016 release Dig In Deep with dates Friday at the MACC and Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall before heading... deeper...

Simon Phillips is among the most talented drummers alive, and his resume is as impressive as his playing: The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Toto, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger and Gary Moore are just some of the many names in his roster of experiences, which also includes roles as producer and engineer.


Steve Kimock and Friends play March 23 and 24 at the Blue Note Hawaii and March 25 at the Honoka'a People's Theatre. His resume is unusual, in that he's had the chance to perform or work with many of the heavy names associated with the Grateful Dead, including Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux, Billy Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Best Buddies Hawaii first-ever Maui Block Party tomorrow at Maui Mall 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and their Best Buddies Oahu Friendship Walk Saturday March 11th 9 a.m. to noon at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu.


Hugh Romney, named Wavy Gravy by B.B. King, was one of the stage announcers at the three major Woodstock music festivals (1969, 1994 and 1999), as well as other related events over the years.

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For Stargazer this week, we have some planets in our early evening skies to try and spot, plus we get some context on the recent discovery of several planets about 40 light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up a current island tour with dates through Sunday at the Blue Note in Waikiki. The musician has island ties: he lives on the Garden Island, and released his first album on Jack Johnson's label, Brushfire Records, who he'll open for on the mainland this summer, including at the Hollywood Bowl.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re privileged to welcome back the Hawai‘i Association of the Blind, state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Their 50th anniversary HAB 2017 Annual State Convention is Saturday March 4th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

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This week on Helping Hand we are welcoming back Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu to discuss their current invitation to children from across the state to submit artwork to its “Under the Sea” Art Contest for the design of the new EOS imaging system there. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Angela Keen, Public Relations at Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu.

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Judy Collins has made a name for herself over a half century of music and activism. From her role at numerous civil rights marches to testifying during the Chicago Seven court drama, to speaking about mental illness and suicide prevention, she has gone far beyond many others when it comes to standing up for issues that concern her.

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This week on Stargazer there are several planets we can look for, plus we’re learning about a new joint mission to a planet you often don’t hear about on the exploration front, and even the partnership between countries may surprise some, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Hawai‘i Foodbank, who have a sobering mission: they work to provide about 125 local agencies with food, feeding a staggering one in five people of the Aloha State’s population. A quarter million people are in need of help. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gerald Shintaku, Foodbank President, about the crisis of hunger in Hawai‘i and the many opportunities to lend a helping hand.

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This week on Stargazer we’ve got three planets to try and spot in our dark island skies, plus we’re learning about the next phase of a space exploration training mission getting underway here in the Aloha State as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Kyle Eastwood is in town for performances with his band in Honolulu. Son of longtime jazz fan Clint Eastwood, the bassist has had a string of successful jazz albums and had his music in a number of his father's films.

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This week on Helping Hand, with stories relating to homelessness and the housing crisis in the Aloha State making news, we’re digging into the topic of the housing crisis and welcoming back EAH Housing, a nonprofit corporation that develops and manages low-income housing, playing a leadership role in housing advocacy efforts. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with EAH Housing Vice President Hawai‘i Kevin Carney.

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are back in the Aloha State for a tour. Frank Vignola sat down with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence for a conversation about some of the artists his career has crossed paths with, which includes getting to perform with half of The Beatles, as well as work with Madonna, Wynton Marsalis, Donald Fagen and many other notable artists. 


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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii and the services they offer, as well as the upcoming Sharon’s Ride, Run, Walk January 29, their art therapy camp for kids and adults and their ‘Ohana Outings.

Today we’re wrapping up a special Heavy Metal Holiday week of guests, as we’ve been celebrating some new releases by a trio of gifted singers associated with hard rock / heavy metal bands.

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This week on Helping Hand we have a return visit from Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, who welcomes people to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter.  We learn more as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Murphy.   

Kenny G is back in Honolulu for another run of dates ending New Years Eve at the Blue Note. He took time with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss some of the interesting ways his career has intersected with a number of wide-ranging musical luminaries, as well as future collaborative aspirations. 

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Graham Bonnet may not have a household name, but he gave voice to Rainbow's hits "Since You've Been Gone" and "All Night Long", as well as a body of work with Michael Schenker, Alcatrazz and many ot

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Singer/songwriter/musician Geoff Tate has released the second effort in a trilogy of albums from his new Operation Mindcrime project.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hawai‘i, a returning guest organization with a very high quality returning guest. Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai’i has partnered with guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community to pair children with carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors.

The Outlaws are among the classic Southern Rock bands, but also bring a lot more to the table than some may realize. With five-part harmony vocals and their own take on the twang, Legacy Live is their latest effort, capturing the band live at a pair of shows in upstate New York and Florida.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Aloha United Way, and some easy methods of supporting their efforts to help those in need across the Aloha State this holiday season. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Emily Mendez-Bryant, Vice President, Fundraising and Major Gifts, of Aloha United Way.

On December 7th, Greg Lake passed on at 69 after a long battle with cancer. The bassist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, author and producer had been the early voice of King Crimson, then Emerson, Lake and Palmer with songs like Lucky Man, Still You Turn Me On, From The Beginning and many others people around the world identified with.

When Earth, Wind and Fire performed their sold out show at the Blaisdell Arena in September, original member/bassist Verdine White sat down the night before for a conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence. One of the many topics covered was the new book, My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire, by the late Maurice White, his older brother.  

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There have been a lot of tributes to Tom Moffatt over the last day, and here's another one. In late 2012, the legendary Hawaii radio personality and concert promoter who passed away Monday was our guest on All Things Considered. At the time, Tom was promoting his upcoming 40th anniversary screening of Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena. Today we play some highlights of that conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence in memory of the late, great Tom Moffatt. Aloha, 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.