Dave Lawrence

Local Host, All Things Considered

Dave Lawrence has been on the radio for over 25 years.

He’s hosted All Things Considered on Hawaii Public Radio since 2009, and has hosted afternoon radio in the islands since 2002. Previously he was music director and afternoon host for 105.9 KPOI, Honolulu; following five years there, he worked on-camera with Hawaii comedian/TV personality Andy Bumatai as a segment host on The Andy Bumatai Show. Prior to his time in the islands, Dave spent nearly a decade at CBS/Infinity Broadcasting’s WBCN and WZLX, in Boston as a member of the air-staff as well as producer for both afternoons with Mark Parenteau and AM Drive for The Big Mattress with Charles Laquidara.

He graduated from Emerson College, where he produced the communication school’s first music CD/ compact disc of material recorded live at the radio station, WERS Presents... Live On Gyroscope. The release won the NACB Creative Project Award in 1993.

Throughout his radio career, Dave has developed his skills as an interviewer, speaking with a wide range of diverse musicians and artists. From Ozzy Osbourne to Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend to James Brown, Smokey Robinson to Brian Wilson, Dave has interviewed hundreds of seminal artists, both in-person and on the phone. Dave has hosted a number of critcally acclaimed artists in HPR's own Atherton Performing Arts Studio, including Ben Vereen, Journey's Neal Schon, Ziggy Marley, Booker T. Jones, Hot Tuna, Godsmack, Taj Mahal and many others. In addition to the music features, Dave also hosts two weekly segments on Hawaii Public Radio. “Stargazer” is done with astronomer Christopher Phillips, giving listeners an idea what to look for in our island skies, plus tapping into the teams of researchers working at the Mauna Kea summit, and observatories around the world. “Helping Hand” is an extended interview segment which highlights organizations assisting the most vulnerable in the community, giving exposure to those that fight for the disabled and others facing special needs, including the homeless, those facing domestic abuse, the elderly and other at risk populations. Helping Hand underlines Dave’s passion for helping those in need.

Dave's exposure to radio and assisting community members in need is part of his family background; his mother Isobel worked in the radio industry, as well as being a disability design consultant and a strong supporter of disabled U.S. veterans.

Ways to Connect

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This week Aloha Harvest return to Helping Hand to discuss the innovative way this nonprofit rescues an average of three-tons of food each day, then donates it to 170+ food pantries, shelters and other organizations feeding the needy in the Aloha State. There are lots of ways to help them, including some supported by local musician and philanthropist Jack Johnson.

The Voice of Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, took time for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence ahead of their debut concert in the Aloha State.

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This week we hear about a team effort on the Mauna Kea summit to assist with a NASA mission making an exciting planetary fly-by this week as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Guitarist Andy McKee has earned a reputation as an accomplished contemporary guitarist.

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This week Helping Hand wraps up three weeks relating to Hawai‘i’s homeless crisis, the most severe per capita in the US (hear our previous two segments with Institute for Human Services and Mental Health Kōkua). We conclude with local nonprofit Alea Bridge, focused on outreach to the homeless, and other at-risk populations in central O’ahu.

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For Stargazer, we learn about new developments at a massive radio telescope in South America as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

Legendary vocal group The Manhattan Transfer are wrapping up a two-weekend run of dates at the Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki, celebrating 45 years in the music business. The multiple Grammy Award winners have a PBS special with Take 6, and a new record called The Junction, due this fall.

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Helping Hand continues three weeks of segments relating to the homeless crisis in the Aloha State, with returning guest Mental Health Kōkua, the largest mental health nonprofit in Hawai'i. They’ve provided services for more than 40 years, helping the homeless and mentally ill.

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On Stargazer this week we hear about a new plan to study gravitational waves as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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This week on Helping Hand we begin three weeks of related features covering the homeless epidemic in the Aloha State. We’re learning about IHS, the Institute For Human Services. IHS is one of the leading organizations in the effort to help the homeless in Hawai‘i, where the United States’ most severe homeless crisis per capita exists.

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The Manhattan Transfer are celebrating 45 years of making music. Over the decades they've racked up an impressive pile of Grammy Awards, while bringing their unique hybrid of styles to audiences around the world.

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This week on Stargazer we have a few planets to look for in our evening skies plus we’ll hear about research of objects on the edge of the solar system as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand we welcome back SPIN: Special Parent Information Network. According to their website, this parent to parent organization provides information, support and referral to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Coordinator at the SPIN Network, Susan Rocco, and Program Specialist Amanda Kaahanui.

When you think of music legends, few artists embody that term like Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson, who tonight returns to the Aloha State at the Blaisdell Concert Hall with the Pet Sounds 50th anniversary world tour, his first public Hawaii appearance since 2002.

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For this week’s Stargazer we learn about new data from a space telescope and it's implications for theories about recent exoplanet discoveries as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand it’s returning guest Habitat For Humanity West Hawai‘i Island talking about their upcoming Blitz Build September 13 through 23, with a goal of building ten new houses. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with their Executive Director Patrick Hurney.

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This week on Stargazer, in addition to things we can try and spot in our dark island skies, we get details on plans for the world’s largest telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.    

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Hawaii State Chapter of Children's Justice Centers. The five Children's Justice Centers (CJCs) across the state assist with child abuse investigations. The CJCs are child-friendly facilities where law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals all come together to support a child victim and hold offenders accountable.

Living Colour burst into the public consciousness in the late 1980's with their massive radio hit, Cult of Personality. Through this evening at the Blue Note in Waikiki, they're in Honolulu for their debut performances in the Aloha State.

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This week on Stargazer, we learn details about a new mission to a location in our Solar System as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Dental Lifeline Network, a nonprofit that provides access to dental care and education for people who cannot afford it and have a permanent disability, or, are age 65 or older, or, who are medically fragile. They could use more local dentists and dental lab support, too, and we learn more as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Dr.

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Maria Muldaur is back in the Aloha State for a string of shows running through Sunday. She plays the Blue Note in Waikiki tonight, before the MACC tomorrow, the Garden Island Friday and concerts Saturday and Sunday on the Big Island.

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This week on Stargazer, we get an update on a mysteriously dimming star we’ve reported on before, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Musical group War began playing in the Aloha State decades ago. Their unique mix of rock, funk, R & B, soul and psychedelia propelled the band to international stardom, taking them far past the short-lived original era with Eric Burdon.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Waikīkī Health. According to their website, everyone is welcome to receive quality health care that’s been in operation since 1967, and have a number of ways they help support the most vulnerable through medical and social services provided at a number of Honolulu area clinics. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Waikīkī Health CEO Sheila Beckham.

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about funding relating to space missions – money cut for some missions, and money allocated for others, including a dangerous manned mission to a location in our solar system -- as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about returning guest the Aloha Medical Mission, a secular, nonprofit volunteer organization based in Honolulu. They provide free health care to underserved people in the Pacific, Asia, and the Aloha State, and are looking for more volunteers now.

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about a local connection to a new robotic telescope concept as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

    

Black Uhuru formed in the early 1970's in Jamaica and went on to be one of roots reggae's most successful acts, even earning the first Grammy Award for reggae. After decades away from the Aloha State, the band are back in Honolulu, performing a second night at the Blue Note Hawai'i this evening with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

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