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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CRB City Follow-up; UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Rail Update; Hawaii's Filoli Connection

Catherine Cruz

TVR, Vacation Rental Citations; Visitors Caught in TVR Crackdown; Mauna Kea Jobs; Hemp Investment

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West Hawaii has held three community meetings spurred by business concerns with folks sharing their frustrations.  There was one in May, June and most recently last week. 

On Maui the annual Point in Time count showed a slight decline, but on Kauai the numbers appear to have skyrocketed.  What’s a community to do? On the Big Island some business have suggested taking matters into their own hands.  

Today's show is a rebroadcast, where we sat down to talk about the homelessness situation on the neighbor islands and the role communities play in finding solutions.  Our guest panelists are:

  • Jillian Okamoto, Division Administrator for Housing Assistance and Referral Programs for  Catholic Charities Hawaii.
  • Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer of Hope Services Hawaii and Chair of Bridging the Gap, a coalition of agencies working to end homelessness on the neighbor islands.
  • and Maude Cumming, Executive Director of the Family Life Center, Maui’s primary homeless outreach agency and previous chair of Bridging the Gap.

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UN Law of the Sea Treaty;  Re-Collecting Impeachment Signatures; Carlisle Seeks Court Approval; Community Volunteerism; HPM Building Supply/HalePlus

Catherine Cruz

Kidney Donation and Transplant; Mauna Kea Poll; Rainbow Film Festival; Art Scene Update

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Realtor Perspective on Bill 89; State Information Strategic Plan; Maui Wastewater Case; Oahu Cemetery's 175th Anniversary

National Park Service

Economic Outlook on TVU Enforcement; Chinese Tourism in Hawaii; Law Enforcement Transparency; TMT, What is Sacred?; Rapid Ohia Death Found on Oahu

Department of Environmental Services

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Leadership and TMT; Polls and Polling; Rail Legal Dispute; Wildfire Risk in Hawaii; Transpac: Roy Disney

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TMT, Impacts on the Science; Moving Forward with "Protectors," Authorities; Vacation Rental Impact; Big Island Agriculture Council; The Edge of Paradise, Screening/Photo Exhibit

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US-China Tariffs; TMT Debrief; Military Housing in Flux; Malama Mentors; AARP Phone Smarts

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Pro TMT Rally; Drunk Driving Bill/Maui Traffic Deaths; Deadline on Vacation Rentals; Olelo Hawaii at Conservation Conference; Kalihi Valley Kokua Bike

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

Hawaii's Energy Future; New Digital PET/CT Scanner; Maui Bird Recovery

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Agriculture Conference; Kauai Water Study; Coral Ko`a Card; Arts Roundup

Catherine Cruz

TMT's Scientific Community; Healing Kawaiaha`o Church; Waylaying Kauai Tourists; Canoe Regatta

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City Ethics Commission, Kealoha Follow-Up; Lessons from the Great Recession; Overtourism; Sexist Views and 2020 Presidential Candidates; PISCES Science Camp

Ryan Finnerty

Day 3 of TMT Protests; Disaster Preparedness: Hawaii Gas; Evaluating Tourism's Tipping Point; Sale of Spalding House; Celestial Visitor Not Alien Made

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Protesters Hunker Down on Mauna Kea; Sit down with U.S. Representative Ed Case; Disaster Preparedness-Hurricane Insurance; Record-Breaking Free Diver; 

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TMT Construction Begins; Sit Down with U.S. Representative Ed Case; Coral Reef Damage from Kauai Flooding; Turtle Bay Garden Lottery

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Construction to Start on Thirty Meter Telescope; Hawaii on the Hill; Reality Check; Hawaii Harmonica Society 22nd Annual Concert

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TMT Update; US Unveils New Strategy for Conflict Resolution; Questions Raised by Kealoha Conviction; Training the Orchestras of Tomorrow; Kids First Film Festival

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Civil Asset Forfeiture; Lt. Gov. Josh Green on Homeless Outreach; Tourism’s Tipping Point; Conservation Canine Program; A Timeless Princess

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Expect to pay more for your running water here on Oahu going forward. Higher water rates kicked in this month, and they will continue to climb over the next five years.

The rate increases will help pay for an upgrade to our aging water system. There are miles of old trasmission water lines and pumps that need to be replaced.

Today we sit down with Ernie Lau, the Board of Water Supply's Chief Engineer, to talk about what lies ahead.

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LFA on Oahu; Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Infests City Property; Reality Check; Common Cause on Gerrymandering; Local Food Gurus

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Chair of Police Commission to Address Kealoha Aftermath in Next Meeting; Short Term Vacation Rental Policies on Kauai; Reality Check; The Longview with Neal Milner; Community Choice Electricity

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