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The Conversation
Weekdays at 11am on HPR-1

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 talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org. 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 we'll play some of them in future shows.

The production team is Savannah Harriman-Pote, Russell Subiono and Lillian Tsang.  

*Audio and digital content will be posted daily by 2 pm.

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Latest Episodes
  • In 1835, the Kōloa Plantation on Kauaʻi became Hawaiʻi's first commercial sugar plantation to open for business. Reflecting on Hawaiʻi's plantation history, The Conversation hosted a call-in show with Ada Koane, who is working on a book about the Kōloa Plantation, and Melissa McFerrin, the coordinator of the Kōloa Plantation Days, an annual festival held every summer.
  • Head of ʻIolani School Tim Cottrell on the decision to require COVID-19 vaccines for staff and students; spokesperson for the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation Jai Cunningham on preparing for the expected back-to-school traffic jam; and host of HPR's "Latin Beat" Ray Cruz says goodbye to the show after 30 years on the air.
  • We round out the week on The Conversation with a look at our relationship to the ocean. A plan to modernize the Honolulu Harbor could make us more resilient against natural disasters while citizen science organizations are partnering with the state to collect better data on our water quality. And what really happened to our native monk seal Mele?
  • Hawaiʻi State Department of Health School Advisory Council member Philip Bossert on new COVID-19 guidance as cases among the unvaccinated increase; Hui Manu-o-Kū volunteer Matt Saunter and founder Rich Downs on how to survey the nests of manu-o-Kū (White Terns); former state senator and surfing world champion Fred Hemmings on surfing's journey to the Olympics; and Lāʻie Elementary School sixth grader Keilani Tinkham on her Bon Dance project that won the top prize in a history competition.
  • Lt. Governor of the State of Hawai'i Josh Green on limiting the spread of COVID-19 as schools prepare for the academic school year; Doug Harris of the Harris Agency and Food Gurus Hawaii on a new restaurant index tracking trends across our islands; retired political science professor Neal Milner on police issues in our state; and Sarah Styan of the Kauai Community Science Center and Ellen McCallie of the National Science Foundation on how to get involved with citizen science.
  • Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino on hopes of raising hotel room tax rates; head of the State Health Department's Food Safety Branch Peter Oshiro on the difficulties of regulating restaurants as pandemic restrictions are relaxed; the Executive Director of the Mediation Center of the Pacific Tracey Wiltgen on how Act 57 changes state eviction procedures; and PIDGINMOJI owner Ka'ohele Carlos on expanding his business from local emojis to a lifestyle brand and fortune cookies.
  • Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Hawai'i, Marti Townsend, on two fuel leaks at Pearl Harbor coming to light; incoming chair of the Hawai'i Restaurant Association, Sarah Nguyen, on the challenges local restaurants are facing as the state continues to reopen; and Maui chef Sheldon Simeon on his new cookbook and celebrating culture through cuisine.