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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Blood Bank of Hawaii calls for donations; State preps for hurricane amid pandemic; Mayor nominates 2 new Honolulu police commissioners; Local expert discusses possible link between Kawasaki disease and COVID-19

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Petition Raises Healthcare Concerns; Kauai Police Chief's Candid Response to Protests; Governor Ige (Part 2) 

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Food services reopen; Reactions from Chinatown; Artist Lauren Trangmar

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African American Solidarity; Encouraging Innovation; DOE Plans for Fall 2020; Music of Waikiki Leaks

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Reopening Hawaii Safely; Hawaii Island Tourism Jobs; Politician's Bullying Sows Discord; The Long View: Why Protests Escalate

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We're counting down to June 16. That's when interisland travel restrictions will be relaxed and Hawaii moves one step closer to reopening transpacific flights.

Today we talk marketing strategies and have invited representatives from the airline, hotels and industry trackers to our round table talk.

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Hotels prepare for tourists return; Unions advocate for worker protections; Cash flow to families abroad slow during pandemic; Returning to the dental chair

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Unemployment Claims Update; Futurist Ponders New Normal; Interisland Shipper Seeks Funding Aid; Foster Parenting

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What to expect as driver licensing centers reopen; Returning to regular health visits; COVID-19 crisis also affecting mental health; Hawaiian Telcom on increased Internet demand; Internet access creates disparities in distance learning

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State lawmakers are due back in session June 15th after passing a spending plan for the state last week. But there is still work ahead as key players try and sort through what to expect when it comes to money coming into our tax coffers and money from the Federal Government.

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Nurturing ag to fill Big Island need; Keeping kupuna fed; Sustainable ag systems; Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration; Updates on Hawaii arts groups; Kupuna wisdom

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Public transparency at care homes; Celebrating EMS workers in our community; City workers on extended paid leave; Breakthrough science of Alice Ball

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Testing for COVID-19 at the airport; The Long View with Neal Milner: Challenges for airport design post-pandemic; Navy replaces leaky fuel tank in California but not Red Hill; Remembering the Chaulmoogra tree and how it helped those with Hansen's disease 

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Antibody testing results; Technology could help manage quarantine; Longline fishermen struggle to stay afloat; Neighbor island recipents affected by new Medicaid contract; Living in isolation at Kalaupapa

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Kawasaki disease expert talks possible link to COVID-19; Spotting child abuse in your community; Honolulu avoids penalties for lack of trash for H-Power; Historian on Queen Liliuokalani's diaries during the overthrow

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It will be a big day for retail shops and other small businesses here on Oahu as they have been given the ok to reopen tomorrow, May 15. Today we talk about the relaxation of COVID19 restrictions and how retail stores and small businesses plan to safely open their doors and try to get the economy going again.

 

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Retail reopens on Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui; Update on inmate release; Health crisis drives bike sales; Rebuilding facilities at Volcanoes National Park

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2020 Legislative session resumes; Pedestrian and traffic safety awareness; Scant details about HECO's new solar farm projects; Samoan history teaches important pandemic lesson 

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Hawaii's hurricane season on the horizon; Hawaii's homeowners handbook to prepare for natural disasters; Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders facing higher coronavirus infection rates;  How Asian giant hornets could get to the Islands 

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In this Aloha Friday episode, it's all about the arts and food! The Honolulu Museum of Art and Bishop Museum's plan for re-opening after the Governor's shutdown order is lifted, how the public can help after our local longline fishing industry crashed, a check-in with Maui County's foodbank, and great tips for cooking while quarantined.

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A Hawaii Senator discusses her feelings about the State's phased plan to lift coronavirus restrictions, a college student contemplates whether he should to return to school if they plan to put classes online, Hawaii Pacific University's President talks about his school's plans amidst the new normal, and the author of the book "Wave Woman" talks story about the person who inspired her to write it - her mother.

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Rep. Ed Case on COVID-19 and RIMPAC; The Long View with Neal Milner: Correlation between political ideology and COVID-19 reactions; Antiquated IT system hinders Hawaii's unemployed; Chaminade University President Lynn Babington talks fall semester; Rural community comes together for distance learning

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UH to mix online and in-person classes this fall; What offices will look like after the pandemic; Does the state have enough people for contact tracing?; Chaplains bring comfort despite physical distancing

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Snapshot of Hawaii's real estate market; Selling homes via virtual open houses; What Hawaii's economy will look like after COVID-19; Challenges of a Hawaii resident distance learning at an East Coast college

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It's May Day, aka Lei Day, here in the Islands. While our changed times don't allow us to mark the occassion in the ways we have traditionally, we are shouting out across the state with a big mahalo for everyone hanging tough during these trying times. For today's show, we celebrate acts of aloha and kindness on this Aloha Friday. We hear from listeners as they highlight the kindness shown for one another during this time. We're also joined by Ashley Maynard, a professor speciailizing in cultural psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who tell us what drives people during times of crisis.

Want to share your story? Call our Talkback line at 808-792-8217 or email us at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org

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A University of Hawaii Futurist Studies professor discusses navigating out of the COVID-19 crisis, how going to a bar or restaurant may change after the crisis in Honolulu Civil Beat's Reality Check, Hawaii's Banking Commissioner names resources for financial assistance for businesses and consumers, and a local author explains how to deal with isolation during the Governor's stay-at-home order.

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Coronavirus effect on US China trade; Distance learning a bane for Hawaiian immersion schools; Care homes wary of inspections amid coronavirus; Legal rights during the pandemic; Risks of coronavirus to cats and dogs

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The administrators for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9 talk coordinating efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, the Contractors Association of Hawaii on how the industry is keeping job sites open and workers safe, and the Hawaii Farm Bureau discusses the challenges ahead.

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Progress with online learning at Hawaii's public schools; Mid-Pac Institute on deeper learning and teaching online; A look at mobile coronavirus testing; Hawaii Association of Independent Schools turns 50

COVID-19's effect on Hawaii's homeless; Art takes a hit in crisis but organizations pivot; Environmentalists fear plastic return amid coronavirus crisis; Author Kawai Strong Washburn discusses debut novel; Serenity now

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