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. 

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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.

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  

Wikimedia Commons

Deputy Public Defender; Medical Marijuana; Point In Time Count Results; Hurricanes And The Shipping Industry

Courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Transportation

Roadways on Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii Island have been shuttered by landslides in recent days. Even more are threatened by erosion that is expected to worsen in the coming years. The State Department of Transportation rushed an emergency request to state lawmakers for $15 million in funds to repair the Pali Highway that connects Honolulu to Windward Oahu.

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien / Wikimedia Public Domain

Red Hill Fuel Storage; Overtourism; Saving for Retirement; Funding DOE

Eric Tessmer / Flickr via Creative Commons

Rappler's Maria Ressa; Managing Careers and Motherhood; Multicultural Anthology, Hearth

Prayitno / Flickr/CC by 2.0


Maryknoll School

DBEDT Retreat Report; Kuleana Land Issues; Civil Asset Forfeiture; Chinese Language Immersion: Maryknoll School

Wikimedia Commons

SCOTUS Agrees To Hear Maui Clean Water Act Case; Big Island Recycling/Hilo Landfill; Pedestrian Safety Campaign Rollout; Honolulu Zoo Update


Wikimedia Commons

Trump/Kim Summit; Philippines Human Rights; Hawaii’s Corporate Tax Loophole; HPR Reporter Debrief

Lillian Tsang

Keith Kaneshiro Update; Remembering Ted Tsukiyama; Budget Complications; Opioid Addiction/Wisdom Teeth; Equal Pay For Equal Work; Garden Segment: Foster Botanical Garden

Scott Ishikawa

Kealoha Developments; Need For Additional DUI Judges; Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign; Rapid Ohia Death

Wikimedia Commons

Spaceport; The Long View: Census; New Zealand Intern; Inter-Island Art Scenes




2018 was quite the year for Hawaii County with natural disasters walloping the economy.  Recovery is top of mind as lava and flash flooding only made our housing and homelessness problems more acute. Legislators at the capitol appear to want to fast track money to help in that recovery effort but many residents want to know more about a timeline for getting roads reopened to help communities back to normal.

Catherine Cruz

Cybersecurity Lessons; Student Crimestoppers; Olelo O Hawaii; Queen Kapiolani Gown

Amber Khan


Catherine Cruz

Falls of Clyde; Affordable Housing; Prescription Drug Programs; Part 1 Hawaiian Royalty Gowns; Garden Segment: The Ruth Bancroft Garden


It’s been two months since Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami was sworn into office.

The Garden Isle lawmaker traded his seat in the State House for the top county job.

It’s a different view from when he previously served on the County Council. Kawakami appeared before the legislative money committees with his hands outstretched in the annual mayor's trek to the Capitol to argue their case for a larger share of the hotel room tax.


Ozawa Criticism/1st Amendment; Eating Disorders; Ala Wai Elementary Administrator Wins Milken Award; HTY's Home of the Brave

Wikimedia Commons

Sports Tourism; Falls of Clyde Update; Big Island “Vision Zero”; AIA Climate Change

DUI Bills to Strengthen Law; Benefits and Pitfalls of Expanding Access to Pre-K; Garden Segment: Citizen Forestry; A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream

Honoka`a High School

Community Vigil; Drone Training; Kokua Market; Mentoring H.S. Musicians

Wikimedia Commons

East Meets West, Developing Hawaii as HI-Tech Hub; Media in the Age of Trump; The Long View w/ Neal Milner; Chinatown/Lunar New Year

Pacific Air Forces


This morning Governor David Ige joins us live in our Kaheka street studios to talk about his priorities for Hawaii during this last term in office.

On the list state-funded preschools, and affordable condominiums on state land.


Hawaii Supreme Court Invalidates Election Results; Fire Ant Eradication; Government Shutdown and Biosecurity; Point in Time Count; Children's Discovery Center


Marcos Settlement; Government Shutdown; HPR Reporter Debrief/Hawaiian Politics; Changing Face of Wahiawā

Wayne Yoshioka

Ed Case was sworn in to the 119th Congress this month, but it isn't the Congressman's first time on Capitol Hill. Representative Case previously represented Hawaii's 2nd District for 5 years. The Conversation sat down with Case as the government shutdown approaches its 6th week and 800,000 federal workers are still going without pay.