The Conversation

Weekdays 8:00-9:00 am

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of live talk about public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from in and outside of Hawaii with a perspective on the islands and cohosts Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Chris Vandercook sit down weekday mornings at 8 HST on HPR-2, streamed live and archived on Every day brings a Reality Check with,  a cross-section of international news from sources including NPR, the BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle, and a Backyard Quiz so you can test your knowledge of Hawaii’s history, geography, myth, music and more. Often you’ll hear mini-musical performances by local and visiting artists, some composed right on the spot. There’s never just one definitive discussion and there are always ongoing layers to The Conversation.  

The show made its debut on Monday, February 14, 2011 and Talk Show Executive Producer Beth-Ann Kozlovich says “the whole point is to get away from Oahu-centric stories and talk about our state as one state with many faces, facets and interests.”

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to You can also reach us on our new talkback line at 808-792-8217. It will record your comments about the show and then on Fridays we'll play some of them on the air.

Lillian Tsang is the producer and Taylor Rice is the Production Assistant.

Mark Ireland / Flickr
Mark Ireland / Flickr

The Conversation: Monday, August 3rd 2015

Hawaii Conservation Conference: Tom Lovejoy

The Conversation: Friday, July 31st 2015

Education/Schools Update: Corey Rosenlee

When last we talked with new HSTA president Corey Rosenlee, he and his team had just come through a contentious election. There had been some raw emotions on both sides. Fast-forward to this week, and a new school year. We talked to Corey Rosenlee to see how the year has started and how teachers have been able to refocus on the issues they share, and on their classrooms. / Flickr / Flickr

The Conversation: Thursday, July 30th 2015

Native Hawaiian Roll Commission List: Dr. Keli’i Akina

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halfrain / Flickr

The Conversation: Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Medicare Discussion: Christopher Flanders

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Sue Salisbury / Flickr

The Conversation: Monday, July 27th 2015

Okeanos Explorer: Dr. Christopher Kelley

The Conversation: Friday, July 24th 2015

GVS Accelerator Update: David Bruce

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Johan Broberg / Flickr

The Conversation: Wednesday, July 22nd 2015

The Long View: Neal Milner

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Larry Loos / Flickr

The Conversation: Tuesday, July 21st 2015

Princeville Development and Protests: Kaimi Hermosura