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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Prior to the COVID-19 crisis and shutdown, Hanauma Bay on Oahu drew approximately 3,000 people every day. The City & County of Honolulu closed the marine preserve back in March and the public has been asking when it will be reopened.

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'Stay at Home' Dilemma; Advanced Healthcare Directives; Mayoral Candidates on Rail; 50 Waypoints  

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Radford High School principal on fall reopening; Arkansas radio station brings info and music to Marshallese community; Alleged mob boss had well-documented life of crime; Horticulturist has prescription for healing

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Seniors in Foster Homes; Hawaii Votes by Mail; Reopening Hawaii Schools; Perspectives on Waianae Needs; Inaugural Iron Butterfly Challenge

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What to do about Hawaii's 14-day quarantine as we look down the road to reopen for more tourism, maybe on Sept. 1. Are we ready? We are just coming off a COVID briefing where lawmakers demanded answers to that very question. What more should we be doing? What are the legal lines around enforcement, testing and improving compliance?

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Health Department enforcing COVID guidelines at restaurants; The Long View with Neal Milner: Threats to America's voting system; Honolulu police deal with sexual abuse in its own ranks; Engaging young people to prevent Hawaii's brain drain; Kona family remembers 1918 flu pandemic, draws parallels to today

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Strengthening COVID preparedness across Hawaii; Recap of the 2020 Hawaii State Legislature; Survey says Hawaii residents OK with coronavirus restrictions; Cancel RIMPAC Coalition opposes biennial military exercise

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Update on Hawaii's COVID-19 testing capabilities; Molokai charter school on staying safe in the fall; Religious groups receive fed money due to pandemic; Iolani student wins gold for history documentary

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Chinatown Recovery and Resilience; Reviving and Reworking the Arts in Hawaii; Tough Times for Hawaii's Charter Fishermen; Aaron Mahi Talk Story

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It is a confusing time with mixed messages and guidance changing often as we learn more about COVID-19. Policies are all over the map. In Paris a museum requires masks for children 11 and older. Here in Hawaii masks are not recommended for those under 5 years old. It's almost a week since Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s expanded order for mandatory masks went into effect. For the most part there seems to be compliance, but some businesses are seeing pushback from customers.

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Deciding damages in Hawaiian homestead case; Sounds from a naturalization ceremony; Election registration deadline nears; Substitute teachers in unemployment insurance limbo; Reopening Waikiki Aquarium

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Assets School's plan for the fall; Paddlers get back in the water; Ige nominees face Senate opposition; ACLU Hawaii on criminal justice reform

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Marshallese in Arkansas face coronavirus casualties; Why armed protesters are wearing aloha shirts; School nurses adopt telehealth; Storytime goes virtual

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The concern about the community spread of COVID-19 is growing. Health officials are working with Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the state's largest elderly care facilities to try and contain an outbreak of more than a dozen cases among staff and patients.

It is also monitoring the situation of other cases at other smaller care facilities to prevent the spread among the most vulnerable population. Do you know someone in a nursing home or smaller care home and are worried about their well being? Are you wondering where the safest place for them would be?

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Debate over vacation rental regulation; Lawmaker on interisland shipping concerns; The Long View with Neal Milner: Democracy or Authoritarianism?; Making streets more pedestrian friendly; Parent challenges masks in schools policy

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Newsrooms in peril; Startling violation statistics; Internal strife at HFD; Public school leader excels

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Legal argument for Hawaii's 14-day travel quarantine; Hawaii Island school on bringing students and boarders back for the fall; Surge in coronavirus cases among Pacific Islanders; Hawaii DACA recipient on recent ruling; Hawaii student snags fellowship with Dr. Fauci

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Honolulu Mayor on reopening Transpacific travel Aug. 1; State Rep. concerned about school reopening; Military in Hawaii coping with COVID; Maui's Seabury Hall prepares for fall; How Hawaii businesses and politicians can leverage social media

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The world of premier sporting events has been turned upside down during this global health crisis. Today we sit down with organizers of the Honolulu Marathon, the Honolulu Century Ride, and the Waikiki Roughwater Swim.

Maui Mayor Mike Victorino; Reopening Inter Island Travel and Businesses; LGBTQ Supreme Court Ruling; Database on police misconduct; Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote

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Medical legacy of Dr. Kawasaki; Community-based work furlough program closing; Lawmakers hammer out police misconduct bill; Addressing concerns about returning to work; Making schools safe for students

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State lawmakers back in session to address budget shortfall; Punahou School's plan to bring students back on campus; Teens who'd never met organized Hawaii's Black Lives Matter protest; Kaiser High No. 1 in the nation in math and reading proficiency

Loretta Sheehan on police reform discussion; Art as a tool for community benefit; Artist as innovator and visionary; Local theatre roundup

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Big Island update; Alternatives to going to court; Robust testing and monitoring needed at nursing homes; Concerns raised about Voting By Mail; Helping stranded international students

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Honolulu's new go to hub focused on economic recovery; COVID and domestic violence; Data discrepancies on HPD police killings; Distance learning challenges for English language learners

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You may have joined many across the state who have started growing your own vegetables or fruits. Whether you are an apartment dweller or live in a home with a yard, join us for a show where we talk with experts about maintaining a healthy and thriving garden.

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Police reform in Hawaii; Newsroom cuts to Honolulu's only newspaper; Marshallese stranded at consulate

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Kauai Mayor on reopening interisland travel and the local economy; How a Hawaiian homested kept COVID-19 at bay; Mental health during this time of crisis; Group wants more trees in Honolulu

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UH Med School grad on facing coronavirus in New York City; Kauai doctor wants medication-assisted treatment for drug addicted inmates; Discussion with author of Kamehameha: Destiny Fulfilled

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Military Travel Exemptions; Caring For Patients During Pandemic; Test Passengers Before Boarding; Mauna Lani Update

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