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 Lillian Tsang, Harrison Patino, and Jason Ubay.  

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

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Business leaders discuss rent relief; Maintaning mental health during the COVID crisis; Rail CEO still wants public private partnership; What's on Kauai's voters minds?; Local author on Hawaii as vegan paradise

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Unite Here! Local 5 wants a seat at the table to discuss tourism reopening plans; U.S. Navy asks UH for help on Red Hill fuel tank; HPD chief disputes case closing data; Teaching kids about physical distancing

Nobel Prize Winner; Presidential Health Issues; Reality Check: Alaska Travel Testing Program Not Going as Planned: Black Identity in Hawaii; Keeping Ag Lands in Hawaii Affordable

Mayor Caldwell on Rail; Hawaii Farmers Union United; Reality Check: Bleak Forecast for Rental Market; Board of Water Supply

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Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO on tourism reopening; Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii's role during COVID-19; Navatek CEO showed no sympathy to workers during pandemic; State and nonprofits launch job training for emerging industries

Hawai’i Foodbank; Molokai Food Distributor; Bounty From the Sea; Western Regional Fisheries; Oahu Fishing; Hawaii Arts Alliance; Local Artist Zachary Angeles

Hawaii Adjutant General Kenneth Hara; Economist Paul Brewbaker; Reality Check: HPD Crime-Solving at Record Low; ESG Metrics

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Today we throw the spotlight on fraud, waste and abuse. The state has launched a campaign urging the public to be on the alert during this time of free flowing government dollars. The money is supposed to help those most affected by this health and economic crisis, but is someone helping themselves to the funds or diverting the aid where it should not go? We look at the state ethics laws that may apply and talk about what to do if you suspect wrongdoing. Will you be protected for speaking up if you flag a problem?

Our guests today:

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A roadmap to Hawaii's economic recovery; WiFi on Wheels helps students in disadvantaged communities; Will Hawaii's tourism plan work?; Connecting caregivers to seniors in need; Celebrating Queen Liliuokalani's music

  Spending CARES Money; Maui County EMS Budget Cuts; Reality Check: Possible Rail CEO Replacement; Gauging Vaccine Willingness; National Public Lands Day

 John Gotanda on Ginsburg; Hilo Veterans Center; Reality Check: Schatz Furious at Veteran Deaths; Hu Honua; Timeshare Report

Academy for Creative Media; State Film Commissioner; Kawainui Apartments; Honolulu Chamber Music Society; Honolulu Printmakers; Chef Mark Oyama

Big Island Veterans Home; Social Security; Reality Check: DOH Shakeup; Hawaii Defense Economy Website; Pandemic Personal Trainer

Rental Assistance Program; Small Business Update; Reality Check: Military Economy; Recruit Military Virtual Career Fair; Kimo West

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami; Reality Check: Hilo Veteran Home Deaths; HPR Recruiting Efforts; Urban Forestry

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Update from Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino; The latest on Maui's homeless; Rail board concerned about finances; Kokua Council files petition with Hawaii Supreme Court; Turning ulu into vodka

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EPA on growing problem of imported, unregistered chemicals; Email drama on Hu Honua project; Where did COVID grants go?; Addressing youth suicide on Kauai; Hawaii Ulu Cooperative on getting crops to market

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Hawaii County update from Harry Kim; Prisoner unrest at Hilo jail; State's failure to communicate during the pandemic; The Long View with Neal Milner: Connecting with the dead because of COVID; An interview with mother of the ulu movement

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Marshallese COVID-19 response; Keeping an eye on housing evictions; Term limits on the ballot; Turning ulu into pizza

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Chinatown Arts; Health Data, HiPAM Work Group; Hawaii’s Food Systems; History of Hawaii's Food Crisis; Initiative for Childhood Obesity; Chef Grant Sato

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We are moving into the second week of the shutdown on Oahu. For those in the food service industry, it has been a long six months grappling with the uncertainty around this health and economic crisis. Planning has been pretty hard to do - most people hoped for a short turnaround but recovery is moving ever so slowly. So many businesses have shut down and many more are hanging by a thread and the supply chain has a taken a hit.

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Queen Liliuokalani Trust leveraging assets to expand its services; Jobs on Hawaii Island; Call for investigation into alleged Hawaii to Guam cockfighting scheme; Self-employed CPA on the COVID crisis; Checking in with recently released monk seals

Hawaii County Finances; University of Hawaii President; Reality Check: Lawmakers Urge Critical Action on Covid; Susan Scott on Ocean Watch

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As COVID cases rise, an urgent need for nurses; Starting a new business during the COVID crisis; Kauai businesses struggling without tourism; A new method to measure coral biodiversity; Aerial show commemorates the end of World War II

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There's local research underway around COVID-19. We explore issues around diagnostic tests - one uses saliva, another nasal swabs. We also talk about vaccines, antibody tests and treatment. There is a need for plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19. There are a number of clinical trials underway or about to get underway in the Islands and we talk about why there is a need to get a diverse pool of participants. 

Herd Immunity; UH Emergency Plan; Reality Check: DOH Transparency Issues; Corporate Water Use

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COVID-19 cases rise on the Big Island; The Long View with Neal Milner: What we've lost with restaurants closed; Union wants Hawaii prison chief out; Jobs available in city government; Gov. Ariyoshi on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

Reaction to Public School Opening; Reality Check: Schools Drop Racist Online Curriculum; Governor Ariyoshi on Tourism; Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Is Hiring; Pandemic Home Renovation; “Why We Swim” Author

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