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. 

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The production team is Lillian Tsang, Harrison Patino, and Jason Ubay.  

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Today on The Conversation, we rebroadcast an ealier show where we talk about how best to protect your family treasures. What's the best way to preserve your antiques, heirlooms and treasures through the years?

Joining us today are:

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In a rebroadcast of an earlier show, we 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 - egads! - video tape?


You might not  know where to turn, so we bring together people with the expertise to help guide you in the right direction.


It is a staggering statistic. Suicide is the leading cause of deaths in the island.

Mental illness stares us in the face as we walk or drive by the homeless on our streets and touches us when we learn of that someone we know has lost a loved one to suicide.

Today’s show is a rebroadcast where we focused on this very important issue. Several counties held events in May, which is Mental Health Month to raise awareness.

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Today we share a rebroadcast of our vaccines show. To vaccinate? Or not. Here in Hawaii, recently compiled numbers show what school communities are at risk for measles, as several charter school campuses have large numbers of exemptions for the mandatory vaccinations.

Our guests are:

  • Dr Sarah Park, Epidemiologist for the State Health Department,

  • Yvonne Lau, Chief Operations Officer at the Hawaii Public Charter School Commission,

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Summer heat brings out the bugs-- so what’s bugging you??

This week the alert went out about a new pest on discovered on Maui. The Ramie moth and caterpillar likes mamaki tea leaves. You might want to keep an eye out for this new hitchhiker. It has spread quickly in the Maui forests and in backyard gardens.

Agriculture officials tell us they get lots of calls about a mistaken identity--do you have the scary looking Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle or not?

Plantation Store Histories; The Long View; Reality Check; Kona Brewing Company Lawsuit


Trade Tariff Impacts; Queen's Health Systems; Neighborhood Board Results; Six Word Memoirs; Normandy Remembrance

Veterans Affairs Secretary; Climate Change Plan; Different SolutionsTo Short Term Rentals; Princess Kaiulani in Paris

Paul-Henri Nargeolet.

HPD Recruiting Crunch; Maunakea Admin Rules; Marianas Trench Dive; Princess Kaiulani in Brighton

Catherine Cruz

Mayor Kirk Caldwell Reviews State of the City; Protecting Viewplanes; World Reef Day; Princess Ka`iulani's Scottish Heritage




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

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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

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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