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. Ozzy Osbourne, Burt Bacharach, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Pat Metheny, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson and John McLaughlin are among some of the hundreds of seminal artists he has interviewed, 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 Stanley Jordan, Ben Vereen, Journey's Neal Schon, Ziggy Marley, Booker T. Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hot Tuna, Godsmack, Third World, The Average White Band, 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 people and animals, giving exposure to those that fight for people with disabilities and others facing special needs, like 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 Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Aloha Independent Living Hawaii, and Executive Director Roxanne Bolden. The nonprofit specializes in giving persons with disabilities the choice of where to receive independent living services.

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On Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss a discovery about the cosmic origins of some precious metals here on Earth.

  

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With May being National Foster Care Month, this week on Helping Hand join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence as he welcomes back local nonprofit Hale Kipa.

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On Stargazer HPR's Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips talk about a cosmic birthday that we missed during all the recent black hole excitement.

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On Helping Hand this week it’s Hawaii Marine Animal Response, the largest local nonprofit marine species conservation and response organization. They do things like save injured or imperiled animals, conduct species management and recovery, and inform and engage the public. These first-responders to vulnerable and beloved area critters are often seen on beaches trying to protect resting Hawaiian monk seals.

Among the most successful recording artists of all time, the legendary Dionne Warwick is back in Honolulu through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii. A performer who has spanned generations and mediums, last night she generously invited HPR to follow-up an advance phone interview by joining her in her dressing room after the first of four area concerts.

Legendary entertainer Dionne Warwick is back in the islands for shows tonight through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii. She also returned to HPR for a conversation with All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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Tonight a combination of two groups paying tribute to guitar legend Django Reinhardt will come together at the Blue Note Hawaii, but first, play our Atherton Performing Arts Studio and All Things Considered.

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Recently history was made with a groundbreaking image of a black hole; for this week’s Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss a new local discovery relating to another black hole.

  

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re welcoming back Best Buddies Hawaii to hear about their fundraising/awareness raising Friendship Walk Saturday May 4th 9 a.m. to noon at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park.

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Actor and musician Jeff Goldblum has a pair of dates at the Blue Note Saturday and Sunday, with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m. He took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. Last year Jeff released his debut musical effort, Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

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On Stargazer, it’s one of the first major discoveries from a new space telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips.

  

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This week on Helping Hand, it’s The Caregiver Foundation and their 10th annual fundraiser and silent auction Saturday April 27, at the Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 South Beretania Street in Honolulu at the Japanese Cultural Center 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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For Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about the technology involved in last week’s groundbreaking black hole photo.

  

George Clinton is at the top of the list when it comes to funk. Next to the late great Godfather, James Brown, George can take credit as among the most influential musicians in the genre, for the groundbreaking sounds he helped make with his groups Parliament and Funkadelic, as well as numerous side, solo and spin-off projects.

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On Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips, who gets to use one of his clever British pronunciations for a story about a planet in our solar system and discoveries revolving around gas there…

Jeff Goldblum's acting credits are likely far better known to you than his musical background, but he's also an accomplished pianist and band leader. He spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about both aspects of his life, including his group, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, and their area shows later this month at the Blue Note Hawaii.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about some local efforts using the Hubble Telescope to observe some celestial phenomena…. With a very nice tail.

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On Stargazer this week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about new developments in the study of gravitational waves.

  

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This week on Helping Hand, we’re learning about the Domestic Violence Action Center.

Legendary Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain is back in the Aloha State. He spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about the visit.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s PARENTS Inc. joining us – that’s Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy and Support.

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It's grim news for a tiny porpoise being inadvertently caught by poachers feeding a huge Chinese demand for another fish’s swim bladder, conservationists said today, with under two dozen of the little creatures left alive, and the AP reported if not for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the extinction would be here already.

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On Stargazer this week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about two stories emerging from the outer reaches of our solar system.

  

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This week on Helping Hand, it’s the Hawaii Association of the Blind, the state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. They provide support, companionship, help to secure legislation that’s beneficial to those with blindness or vision disabilities, and provide resources to beneficial programs. Their HAB 2019 State Convention is this weekend at the Pagoda Hotel.

Larry Carlton is back in the state. The guitarist took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his career that has included a vast number of gigs as a session musician. Among the artists Larry tells stories about in this interview are John Lennon, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jerry Garcia. He's in town through Sunday at the Blue Note.

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On Stargazer this week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about progress on an Asia Pacific mission to an asteroid.

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