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 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.

Ku`uwehi Hiraishi

Kilauea Volcanic Activity; Legislature Passes Short Term Rental Tax Measure; Filipino Poet; Book and Music Festival Mission house Centennial

"Out Of State" Film

Vacation Rental Debrief; Density Done Right; Documentary “Out of State”; Remembering W.S. Merwin

Public Domain Pictures

Kilauea Eruption Anniversary; Reaching Out To Our Medically Fragile; XLR8HI Incubator; Liljestrand House

Neighborhood Boards; Immigration; Pacific Arts Festival; Acapella Academy


State of Hawaii’s Economy; Golden Week’s Economic Impact; Fight Brewing Over Coffee Blending; Ben Hecht Biography

Wikimedia Commons

In the headlines this morning -- the measles outbreak across in the country, the largest since the disease was declared eliminated in the year 2000. The resurgence has rekindled the vaccination debate, which is the subject today on our call-in show.

@amanderson2 / Flickr via CC BY 2.0

Palau Pledge; Genki Balls; Doctor Shortage; Japanese Internment Documentary

Wikimedia Commons

Homelessness/City Council Reorganization; Reopening of Haena State Park; Curiosity and Innovation

J. B. Friday, University of Hawai'i

Short Term Rentals Update; DCCA: Robo Calls And Other Issues; Ohia Rapid Death, Kauai /Merrie Monarch; Art Roundup

Wikimedia via CC by 2.0

Wikimedia Commons

Voting Bills at the Lege; Naming a Black Hole; Legacy of Life/Transplant Recipient; YMCA 150th Anniversary

Wikimedia Commons

Pacific Resources Partnership Residential Survey: 800 Years of Hawaii History; Talk Story With Governor Ige Recap


Energy Threats To Island Communities; Views of Taxation; Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim

The Blue Diamond Gallery

Free Speech Issues on Campus; Ah Quon McElrath Labor Documentary; Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino


REITs Tax ExemptionBishop Museum, Flies & Biological Survey; Mayor Kirk Caldwell


Public Safety: Reporter Debrief with Kuuwehi Hiraishi; Second Step Act; Mayor Derek Kawakami

Wikimedia Commons

Tourism Forecast For Big Island; Ham Radio Fox Hunt; Oral History of 1946 Tsunami

Wikimedia Commons

Raising Taxes on REITs; Arting and Writing; Oral History Project Waikiki Segment


Flood Insurance; UHERO Analysis on ALOHA Homes; Oral History of Dole Cannery

Catherine Cruz

On Saturday, April 13th the voters of Honolulu City Council District 4 will decide who they want to represent them in local government.  The special election is between Tommy Waters and Trevor Ozawa. The Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the November election results after a close margin of 22 votes.


Overtourism; Pali Update Debrief; Statewide Water Bill; Federal Communications Commission Changes

Forest & Kim Starr / Wikipedia via CC by 3.0

Kunia Solar Farm; Monster Homes Bill; Molokai Renewable Energy; Remembering Linda Kaiser



The drama of Operation Varsity Blue continues to play out across the country. Key conspirators have pled guilty including a former Yale soccer coach just today.

Wikimedia Commons

ALOHA Homes Proposal; Korean Nun/Chef Jeong Kwan; The Long View w/ Neal Milner; Hilo’s Downtown Laundry Express

Thomas Schmidt

Tax Director; City Council Meeting On Sprinklers; Ocean Carbon Sequestration; Manoa Valley Theater's Allegiance

Department of Transportation

Asphalt Used to Pave Roads; Using Prime Ag Lands for Solar; Kauai Land Auction; Pinay Empowerment Conference


West Hawaii Road Usage; Maui Prisons/Riot; Argosy Update, Chaminade/HPU; Garden Segment: Mapping/Malama Maunalua

Mike Victorino for Mayor Campaign

Maui is one of the fastest growing communities in Hawaii, but it faces numerous challenges including water rights, high cost of living, and a high rate of homes being used as short term rentals. Tackling those challenges will be the job of newly elected county mayor Mike Victorino.