Dave Lawrence

Local Host, All Things Considered

Dave Lawrence has been on the radio for over 25 years.

He’s hosted All Things Considered on Hawaii Public Radio since 2009, and has hosted afternoon radio in the islands since 2002. Previously he was music director and afternoon host for 105.9 KPOI, Honolulu; following five years there, he worked on-camera with Hawaii comedian/TV personality Andy Bumatai as a segment host on The Andy Bumatai Show. Prior to his time in the islands, Dave spent nearly a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting’s WBCN and WZLX, in Boston as a member of the air-staff as well as producer for both afternoons with Mark Parenteau and AM Drive for The Big Mattress with Charles Laquidara.

He graduated from Emerson College, where he produced the communication school’s first music CD/ compact disc of material recorded live at the radio station, WERS Presents... Live On Gyroscope. The release won the NACB Creative Project Award in 1993.

Throughout his radio career, Dave has developed his skills as an interviewer, speaking with a wide range of diverse musicians and artists. From Ozzy Osbourne to Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend to James Brown, Smokey Robinson to Brian Wilson, Dave has interviewed hundreds of seminal artists, both in-person and on the phone. Dave has hosted a number of critcally acclaimed artists in HPR's own Atherton Performing Arts Studio, including Ben Vereen, Journey's Neal Schon, Ziggy Marley, Booker T. Jones, Hot Tuna, Godsmack, Taj Mahal and many others. In addition to the music features, Dave also hosts two weekly segments on Hawaii Public Radio. “Stargazer” is done with astronomer Christopher Phillips, giving listeners an idea what to look for in our island skies, plus tapping into the teams of researchers working at the Mauna Kea summit, and observatories around the world. “Helping Hand” is an extended interview segment which highlights organizations assisting the most vulnerable in the community, giving exposure to those that fight for the disabled and others facing special needs, including the homeless, those facing domestic abuse, the elderly and other at risk populations. Helping Hand underlines Dave’s passion for helping those in need.

Dave's exposure to radio and assisting community members in need is part of his family background; his mother Isobel worked in the radio industry, as well as being a disability design consultant and a strong supporter of disabled U.S. veterans.

Ways to Connect

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This week on Stargazer, we learn about local research relating to the far reaches of our Solar System, and about the potential smells there… as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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On Helping Hand this week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with The Caregiver Foundation about their fundraiser Saturday April 28 at the Manoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anne Chipchase, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Caregiver Foundation, talks about the event and their mission to provide care coordination for the elderly and people with disabilities.

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On Stargazer we hear about a family album of stars put together by a facility we recently discussed as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Freddy Cole is the brother of late music legend Nat King Cole, and uncle of the late Natalie Cole.

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This week on Stargazer, it’s a lone wanderer from beyond our Galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

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This week on Stargazer, it’s more on research into dark matter involving some Mauna Kea observatories as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

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This week on Helping Hand, it's the Polar Plunge from Special Olympics Hawaii, as Director of Development Tracey Bender joins HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss their April 14th fundraiser at Waterfront Plaza in Honolulu.

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On Stargazer, we get an update on mysterious radio bursts that have stumped some astronomers as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii President Jerri Chong and Public Relations Manager Gene Davis.

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Monster drummer Billy Cobham is back after decades in the Aloha State.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back the Domestic Violence Action Center and CEO Nanci Kriedman. For close to thirty years, they have provided legal information and representation and services for victims of domestic abuse in the Aloha State.

Incubus are back tonight and tomorrow at The Republik, and vocalist Brandon Boyd spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about two spiraling galaxies that are colliding – and we have a photo to go along with it -- as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

      

Earl Klugh and his band are back at the Blue Note this weekend. The legendary guitarist took time for his third interview with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. Joining Earl and Dave are sax/ flute player Thomas Braxton, bassist / band director Al Turner, keyboardist David Lee, drummer Ron Otis and special guest singer / guitarist Jonathan Butler.  

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This week HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes PARENTS Inc. back to Helping Hand, with Executive Director Lisa Groulx. PARENTS Inc. -- Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy and Support -- is a private, non-profit offering prevention and treatment services for child abuse and neglect, and a range of parenting courses.

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Central Pennsylvania's finest, Halestorm, have returned to Honolulu for a date Saturday at the Republik with local openers Kings of Spade (whose guitarist Jessie we spoke with yesterday).

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Honolulu rock act Kings of Spade have been on a mission, and guitarist Jessie Savio told HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it. The band have taken their sound to the mainland for numerous tours, and even onto Europe, including an unusual number of outings with heavy prog rock legends King's X.

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This week on Stargazer, we have an update on an exciting new exoplanet discovery by the Hubble Space Telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for our report.

    

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Dee Dee Bridgewater is back this weekend at the Blue Note Hawaii and the legendary entertainer spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.

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This week HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Best Buddies Hawaii back to Helping Hand. March 10th is their annual Friendship Walk at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, 9 a.m.

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The Aloha State is getting a rare visit from two associated classic rock legends. Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter play with their own bands before joining forces tonight at Hawaiian Brian's, Thursday at the MACC, Friday at the Kauai Beach Resort and Saturday at the Honoka'a People's Theatre.

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The Rick Derringer Band and the Edgar Winter Group will both play before the two rock legends perform together at a series of dates in the islands. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Rick ahead of the tour, and learned a lot about where and how the gifted "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Coo" songwriter developed his craft.

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Join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips for a discussion of new wearable space technology plus what we can look for in our dark island skies on this week's Stargazer.    

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Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals.

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We head to South America for news on a new telescope effort as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.

    

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This week Helping Hand starts two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals on Earth. First up, Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.

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Tomorrow is World Pangolin Day. Every third Saturday in February is devoted to this most critically endangered animal. The pangolin is a scaly anteater, a mammal, about the size of a cat, covered in small scales, with no teeth and a very long tongue. They primarily eat ants and other insects, and are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. There are eight species in Africa and Asia. But not for long.

Today HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence is joined by Rick Springfield. Back with a new album, The Snake King, he’s in town Saturday through Monday at the Blue Note.

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