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.

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In this week’s Stargazer, we have several planets in our morning skies and we learn more about an international telescope project abroad where authorities have taken a very different approach to its construction than the way local officials have handled the Thirty Meter Telescope as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.     

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This week Helping Hand has returning guest After-School All-Stars Hawaii with President & CEO Dawn Dunbar and Program Director David Asato speaking about their afterschool programs that offer a safe environment for children to learn, as well as opportunities to integrate general education kids with those from special education and who are facing disabilities of all kinds.

In addition to several planets to try and spot this week, we learn more about last week’s discovery of gravitational waves as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

Legendary jazz vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater has earned impressive awards for her work in music and theater. She's touring the Aloha State now behind her Dee Dee's Feathers album through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i.

This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu with Mahealani Richardson, Director of Public Relations, speaking with HPR All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence.

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In Stargazer this week, hear about a number of planets are visible together in our island skies, plus about a discovery from the Mauna Kea summit relating to wind from another galaxy as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.



Originally from Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini is a rising star in contemporary jazz. The vocalist, these days based in New York, is touring behind the collaborative effort "Connecting Spirits" she released with Jimmy and Tootie Heath.

This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai‘i. Honolulu’s two Ronald McDonald Houses are in continual operation for families that must come to the Honolulu area seeking specialized medical treatments for their children’s catastrophic illnesses. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawai`i Public Relations Manager Gene Davis speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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In the current Stargazer, the morning time planet line-up continues plus we learn about a new NASA effort to protect the planet as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.   

Blues artist Marica Ball is touring the state right now.