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 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 Lillian Tsang, Ryan Finnerty, Harrison Patino and Savannah Harriman-Pote.  

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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

Catherine Cruz

Two-Way on Menor's Kealoha Attorney Resolution; Dillingham Ranch Sale/Land Preservation; Streetlight Cadence

The Marine Mammal Center

Maui Brewing Company and Tariffs; Asian Influence In Fine Dining; Hawaiian Monk Seal Update; Film August at Akiko’s

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead / Flickr via Public Domain Mark 1.0

Trump Visits Japan; Lowy Institute Map; Changing Immigration Policies

Pacific Rim Conservation

Legal Expsoure for Journalists Covering Crime; Yellow Bowls; NASA Comsat; Seabird Chick Update




Hawai’i Island’s Waipi’o Valley is a historic place of stunning beauty—rich in history…cultural significance…and agricultural lands.

The Bishop Museum has owned most of the valley for more than a hundred years—leasing land to local farmers…often going from generation to generation.

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We take time out to talk about how best to protect your family treasures. Earlier this month we focused on paper and photos and all things digital. This time we talk textiles, wood, metal and more.

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Disaster Recovery and Spending; Diversifying Hawaii Island’s Economy; Governor Ige Mulls Bills for Signature

@Prayitno / Flickr via CC BY 2.0

Maui Wastewater Lawsuit; Statewide Windfarms; King Kamehameha Statue


Life Threatening Allergies; LANDED, Teacher Housing Loans; Memorial Dive

Jeff W. Gates / U.S. Air Force

Hawaii Department of Transportation

Maui Car Rentals; Kakaako Highrise; Changing Political Attitudes; HOT's La Traviata


Vaping and Tobacco Age;  Manu O Kū Festival; Hawaii Gem And Mineral Show 2019 In Honolulu

The Department of Land and Natural Resources

Kealoha Trial Breakdown; DOE Superintendent; Alala Project

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Flickr
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Flickr

Anote Tong, Former President of Kiribati; Sex Workers Advocate; ROTC Program at UH Manoa; Hard Cider


Vacation Rental Bills Update; Ramadan; Micro-Plastic Cleaning Machine; Diversity Of Live Music In Honolulu

City Councilman Ikaika Anderson; Reporter Debrief wih Kuuwehi Hiraishi; King Kamehameha The Great; Micronesian Festival

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We are coming off of National Preservation Week and wanted to highlight some of the best practices when it comes to protecting, preserving or restoring our family treasures.

To digitize, or not to digitize? Got paper, pictures or video tapes?


You might not know where to turn. We brought together people with expertise to help guide you in the right direction.


Joining us on today's show were:

Emperor Naruhito; Polarization of Americans; Climate Change Lawsuits; Rap Reiplinger Biography

Ku`uwehi Hiraishi

Kilauea Volcanic Activity; Legislature Passes Short Term Rental Tax Measure; Filipino Poet; Book and Music Festival Mission house Centennial

"Out Of State" Film

Vacation Rental Debrief; Density Done Right; Documentary “Out of State”; Remembering W.S. Merwin

Public Domain Pictures

Kilauea Eruption Anniversary; Reaching Out To Our Medically Fragile; XLR8HI Incubator; Liljestrand House

Neighborhood Boards; Immigration; Pacific Arts Festival; Acapella Academy


State of Hawaii’s Economy; Golden Week’s Economic Impact; Fight Brewing Over Coffee Blending; Ben Hecht Biography

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In the headlines this morning -- the measles outbreak across in the country, the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the year 2000. The resurgence has rekindled the vaccination debate, which is the subject today on our call-in show.

@amanderson2 / Flickr via CC BY 2.0

Palau Pledge; Genki Balls; Doctor Shortage; Japanese Internment Documentary

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Homelessness/City Council Reorganization; Reopening of Haena State Park; Curiosity and Innovation

J. B. Friday, University of Hawai'i

Short Term Rentals Update; DCCA: Robo Calls And Other Issues; Ohia Rapid Death, Kauai /Merrie Monarch; Art Roundup