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.  

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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

New Federal Regulations on Hemp; Night Marchers Movie Reboot; Easy Access to e-cigs; Honolulu Funding the Arts; Halloween Storyteller

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Call in show discussing solar energy in Hawaii. Guests include:

  • Melissa Miyashiro, managing director of strategy and policy at Blue Planet Foundation and who serves on the state’s Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force. 
  • William Giese, executive director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association. Giese’s work focuses on policy analysis, creation, and advocacy of clean energy policies.
  • Peter Rosegg, senior spokesman for Hawaiian Electric Companies.
  • Marco Mangelsdorf, president of ProVision Solar in Hilo. He has been in the solar energy and renewable energy field since 1978. 

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Political prisoners in Hawaii; Hanapepe Massacre; Kahuku Wind Farm Violation; State Capitol Tapestry

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Servco Pacific, Inc.

Servco's CEO shares his insight on how we'll be getting around town; Pacific Islanders in Communications tell us about an upcoming summit and feel good pitch session; Power struggle over Maui's wastewater fight; New York mixologist returns home for Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Hong Kong Check-in; Loyalty in Voting; Unusual Solution for Public Park Use; Japan Tourism; Agriculture Program in High Schools

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Chamber of Commerce Hawaii on protests effects on business and development; Hawaii International Film Festival to highlight European cinema; Crickets for lunch; Pacific Islanders face roadblocks to get immigration documents

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DHHL Foreclosures; Hanapepe Massacre Documentary; Breaking Development in Kealoha Case; Honolulu Climathon 2019; Local Product Home for UH-Air Force Game

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Marine Technology Society; Business of Recycling; HART Staffer Legal Woes; ANA Music Festival

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Immigration & Kona Coffee Workers; UH Computer Glitch; Push-back on Wind and Solar; Hawaii Woodworking

Catherine Cruz

45th annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow focuses on missing and murdered indigneous women; New book captures signage of Hawaii's mid-century architecture; Report says billions of dollars needed to fix state's aging infrastructure; Having a laugh with the Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival

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Marine Debris Research; DHHL Acting Director: William Aila, Wake Island Money Pit, National Archives Month

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DHHL: William Aila; New Hike in Harbor Fees; EIS Rules; Heart Transplant Athlete

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University of Hawaii biologist Tim Tricas has been listening and recording the fantastic sounds of Hawaii's coral reef inhabitants; Kuleana filmmaker Brian Kohne tells us about the challenges of marketing an independent film; an interview with Fred Barberia, KTUH's first GM, on the station's 50th anniversary; the latest on the adoption scheme targeting vulnerable Micronesian mothers.

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Hong Kong-Mainland China Conflict; Ala Wai Flood Control Project; How Can Fish Poop Save Our Beaches?; Myles Fukunaga Trial Book

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Local startup gets funding from NASA, Air Force; Hawaii Energy helps nonprofits go green; Hawaii's GOP stands by Trump; Ag Conference wants to grow students

UH Master Lease on Mauna Kea; Lawmaker Rundown on Mauna Kea; Marathon Runner and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me Host Peter Sagal; Kidney Transplant Legacy

German Benevolent Society of Honolulu

German group seeks to restore historic gate; HI Arts Lab's modern take on Dichterliebe; Winding down the Damon Estate; Relocating Maui's endangered birds

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Menehune Mystery; Mission Houses Living History; Tourism "Green Fee"; New Zealand Ohia

Men's March Against Violence

March against domestic violence recruits businessmen; Paralympian curler offers life lessons; Hot water bleaches coral reefs; UH professor takes deep dive down Mariana Trench

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Cyber-security; CEO of Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Kealoha Update; Aerial LFA Treatment

Aloha United Way

Aloha United Way celebrates 100 years; Rep. Ed Case on military funding and the environment; Problems moving the state's jails; UH astronomer witnesses black hole ripping apart star

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Oral History of Hawaii's Plantation Stores; Pedestrian Safety; Converstion with the Pakistani Council General

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Building Hawaii's future tech workforce; Podcast highlights Hawaii's National Parks; Honolulu overpays its workers, doesn't ask for it back; Conversation with head of public schools Christina Kishimoto

Institute for Biogenesis Research

Maui Clean Water Act Case Update from County Council Chair Kelly King; Spotlight on Institute for Biogenesis Research; Number of Green Jobs Unclear; Historic Footage Preserved at Ulu Ulu at UH West Oahu

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Hawaii's youth join global climate strike; Symposium talks modernist architecture; AC could hurt Hawaii's energy goals; Kauai Folk Festival brings roots music to Garden Island; Hawaii Artspace Alliance looks for innovative storytellers

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Healthcare Association of Hawaii addresses healthcare job vacancies; Medical care for Hawaii's homeless; Bringing your own containers to restaurants; Manoa Valley Theatre's new Artistic Director Kip Wilborn

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Listen to stories from flower lei sellers from the 1980s, courtesy of the University of Hawaii's Center for Oral History. In studio with host Catherine Cruz is HPR's Bill Dorman and Greg Pai, former state economist and whose family once grew carnations for lei on Wilhelmina Rise. 

Callers also chimed in with their favorite floral lei memories.

Do you have your own stories and memories of lei flowers? Call our Talk Back line at (808) 792-8217 and leave a message. We may air it in a future episode.

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