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.

In October, HPR got a chance to record a special conversation with John Oates during the Hall and Oates tour stop in Honolulu. With a strong connection to the islands dating back decades, HPR All Things Considered Local Host Dave Lawrence sat down with him for a conversation we share today, on Christmas afternoon. 


See the complete 2015 interview shot at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel:

Not only are there several planets to spot, we hear about the discovery of Methane in on the Red Planet as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips for this week’s Stargazer.

The Ramones changed rock forever. From the counting off of songs, to the pioneering down-stroke of Johnny Ramone's guitar playing, to their unique fashion statement, the impact of the Ramones is hard to overstate.


This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about PACT Hawai’i – Parents and Children Together Hawai’i Family Service Agency. Among other things, they address domestic violence and child abuse, with counseling and a wide range of support for domestic violence batterers, victims, and child witnesses. It is a great privilege to welcome back the organization, with special guests Ryan Kusumoto, President & CEO, and Ha’aheo Mansfield, Senior VP of Programs.

This week in addition to several planets to look for, we get an update on a NASA mission into the Asteroid Belt and some unusual planetary features they discovered there, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.  


This week we’re welcoming back a returning guest, KORE Kaua`i. Kaua`i Ocean Recreation Experience, or KORE, is designed to help both Kaua`i residents and their families who are physically challenged or special needs, to get back into the ocean with the assistance of trained professionals. Today we’re privileged to learn more about this volunteer driven, non-profit with our guest, Fire Captain in Hanalei and leader of KORE, Kurt Leong.

This week we have a trio of planets to spot just before dawn in our island skies, plus we hear about another discovery in space, and this one relates to cats, we learn, as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.    

Geoff Tate has been making music professionally since the early 1980's. For decades the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was the vocalist for the Seattle progressive metal band Queensryche.

This week for Stargazer, there are several key planets to try and spot, and a new space telescope project to learn about as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.