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, and Amber Khan-Gruspe.  

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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


Disaster Preparedness; Pacific Garbage Patch; “I Promise” School; Bon Dance

Lessons from Lane

Wikimedia Commons

Hawaii Island Update: Storm Recovery, Still Life Books & Vinyl, Coral Reef Health, Gypsy 808

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Kauai County Update, HiEMA Update, Big Island Businesses, Snail Rescue, Kanikapila During Hurricane Lane

United States Department of Defense

Across the islands, residents and visitors are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Lane. Fire and rain have forced evacuations across the Big Island and Maui overnight. Tourists are scrambling as airlines have canceled some flights. There are pockets of power outages across various islands due to the gusty winds even though the Hurricane has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm. Hurricane Lane’s advance has slowed to 2 miles an hour.


Hurricane Lane Update, Homeless Preparation During Hurricane, Healthcare During Storms, Disaster Preparedness, Reporter Update with Wayne Yoshioka


Storm Coverage; Abandoned Vehicles; Shared Spaces; Adaptive Surfing

Wikimedia Commons

Kahala Resort Permit Flap, Film Tax Credit, HPR Reporter Debrief, Madagascar Peace Corps update with Kamaka Dias

Kai Lenny / Facebook

Grieving Whales, Washington Place Celebration; Hydrofoil Revolution

Wikimedia Commons

Hotshot Remembrance; Hurricane Names, Election Winners and Losers; Hawaii Honeybees


Fire campaign: Look out for wildfires!, Driver’s License Appt System, Sunset Beach Restoration, Girl Scouts of Hawaii

Sleep disorders-- why do we need to talk about how to treat them?

That’s the subject of our call in show today.

We hear from the head of Kaiser’s sleep lab and from a dentist trained in sleep dentistry about how to help you get a good nights rest.

Do you suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia? You aren’t alone, millions of others do and may not realize how it affects your overall health.

Ryan Finnerty

Hawaiian Airlines Expands Air Cargo Service, FBI recruitment for Linguistics, DPP Urban Oahu Development plan, FBI recruitment for Linguistics, HTY’s Filipino Folktales & Fables

Bill Selak Flickr

2018 Primary Election Debrief; Primary Election Recap, Presidential Authority to Use Military Force; Harmany App


Campaign Signs; ADUs; Billfish Restrictions; Gubernatorial Race Update


Home Care with DOH, BIA Hawaii, Impacts of Deep-Sea Mining

Noe Tanigawa

Community Mental Health Needs; Hawaii’s Republican Party; Creating a Smart City; Honolulu’s Ka Iwi Coast

DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Primary elections for Hawaii’s 2018 races are just four days away. In several contentious races, political action committees, or Super PACs, have been pouring thousands of dollars behind certain candidates. Millions of dollars are being spent statewide. The path for that type of political spending was cleared by the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. Today, we explore how Super PACs operate in Hawaii and where their money is being spent. 

U.S. Department of State / Flickr

Copyright Controversy, Hiroshima Peace Ceremony, Plastics & Greenhouse Gases, Portfolio Project

Anthony Quintano / Flickr

JANUS Decision, Super PAC Spending, Monk Seal Pup, Wave Glider Drone

MC2 Aiyana Paschal / Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Remains Repatriation; Lava Boat Injury Development; Endangered Snail Conservation; Xeriscape Garden

Wikimedia Commons

Ala Wai Management Plan

Today our eyes are on at the Ala Wai Canal. It was built in 1920 ’s to drain the wetlands of what is Kapiolani Park and to create what is now Waikiki. The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to modify the canal by building a 4-foot wall on one or both of the sides to protect life and property in Waikiki and surrounding neighborhoods.

USMC Lance Cpl Adam Montera / DVIDS

Vacation Rental Reaction, RIMPAC Amphibious Assault, Arboretum Centennial, Hawaiian Oli

Wikimedia Commons

The Hawaii Tourism Authority recently released results of a resident survey; with our record visitor numbers, resident satisfaction is slipping. Jennifer Chun, head of HTA’s Research Division, walks us through the numbers.


HTA Resident Survey, Hawaiian Observance, Reality Check, Common Cause/Power Ballots, Supermassive Black Hole

The Conversation: Friday, July 27th, 2018

Jul 27, 2018
Ryan Finnerty

Chair Keali'i Lopez of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and Chair Shirlene Ostrov of the Republican Party of Hawaii join us to talk politics and the challenges of leading their respective parties. Neal Milner is also at the table to add insight on how we can strengthen our political system.

U.S. Geological Survey

The eruption at Kilauea has been disrupting life in Puna for almost 3 months. At present, over 700 homes have been destroyed. Many more have been abandoned due to unsafe conditions and lack of access.

Some residents have been receiving payouts from their homeowners insurance to cover the damage. But others are not so lucky. One Big Island couple is suing their insurer over the company's lack of response.


FEMA Missile Alert, Housing Solutions in Maui, Reality Check, Lloyds of London Lawsuit, Plant Cam


Local 5 Mortgage Trust Fund, Housing Solutions in Maui, Reality Check, The Long View, New Resolution on Fire Safety

The Taos News

 The growing problem of people bringing their pets into clinics and dentist offices, grocery stores restaurants, shopping malls and even movie theaters has struck a nerve. Enough so that a new law will kick in that carries fines for trying to pass their pets as legitimate service animals.

Intro Music: Let's Go To Tahiti by J. J. Cale

Outro Music: Fram by Rodrigo y Gabriela


The Honolulu City Council says parking is the number one complaint across the island in all the districts. That is why councilmember Carol Fukunaga has cracked down with a bill that regulates commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods.


Intro Music: Feels Good by Chuck Mangione

Outro Music: Wildflowers by Made In Heights