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.  

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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. 


Southwest Impacts on Hawaii County; Regulating Vaping; Downtown Art Center; Orchid Industry In Decline

Brian Harris / Public Domain / Flickr

Managing Molokini; Medical Residencies; Regulating TVUs; Hawaiian Civic Clubs

Daniel Ramirez / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr



Hawaii State Capitol 50th Anniversary; Kaneshiro Impeachment Status; Argosy University Closure Debrief; Garden Tours at the Bishop Museum

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Military Construction Projects/Wall Funding; Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Update; Election Demographics; Symbioseas Exhibit of Science & Art

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A face to face meeting with Federal Transit Authority over the revised financial recovery plan for Honolulu’s rail project is expected to happen in April.


Women’s History Month, National Guard View; The Interaction Between Cities and Water; Taste for Invasives; Epigenetics Research

Cliff Coles

Civil Engineering Report: HPR Reporter Debrief; Argosy Shutdown; Over Tourism on Maui: Councilmember Tamara Paltin; All Bodies Speak, Dancing With Disabilities

From Franz Eugen Köhler's Medizinal-Pflantzen / Wikipedia Public Domain

Holly Richards / US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands

Overtourism; Micronesian Kingfisher; East African Court of Justice; Honolulu Biennial