The Conversation

Weekdays 8:00-9:00 am on HPR-2

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 talkback line at 808-792-8217. Remember to tell us your name and where you're from. Share your comments about the show in a short 30-second message and then on Fridays we'll play some of them on the air.

Lillian Tsang is the producer, Ryan Finnerty and Russell Subiono are the Production Assistants.

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!


Outlook for Wahiawa General; Musical Tour of South America; Affordability of Public Universities; Hawaiian Land Trust

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USGS Study of Black Band Coral Disease; Production of "The Best Man"; New Rules for Interacting with Spinner Dolphins; Community Gardening



Evolution of Our Response to Terror; Oahu Trivia Champs; MADD’s Legislative Agenda; Unifying Cultures Through Ethnobiology

Flickr - Steven Depolo

New Submersible ROV from Schmidt Ocean Institute; Okinawan Festival; From the Farm; Halloween Themed Drama Program for Kids


Returning to Business After Hep-A; New Hawaii Crime Thriller; Extension of the Emergency Homelessness Proclamation; Talking Hula on Maui

Bouncing Back to Profitability After Hep-A: Gregg Fraser

Interim HART Leadership; Team India Polo; Succulent Kokedama Design                          .

HART Leadership Reorganization: Mike Formby

Experienced Teacher Turned Down by DOE; Learning Polynesian Wayfinding; The Future of A&B Land on Maui

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

Cleaning Up the Ala Wai; Combining Literature and Cocktails; First State of The Environment Report ; The Science of Neurofeedback

Cleaning up trash in the Ala Wai: Kahi Pacarro

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Pay Raise for DOE Administrators; 2016 Greek Festival; From The Farm; Ho’olaule’a In Hana

Pay Raises for DOE Administrators: Corey Rosenlee

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Education for the Future; Stand-Up Bass; How Different Levels of Government Affect You; A New Independent Film Made in Hawaii


Outlook for the E-Cig Industry; A Local School Goes Paperless; Future of HART


Update on the Hep A Outbreak; Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival; Candidate for Hawaii County Mayor; Craniosacral Massage


Long View; Chile Pepper Festival; The State of Affordable Housing on Kaua’i


From the Farm; Medicinal Herbs; Candidate for Hawaii County Mayor; Maui Seed to Cup Coffee Festival


Obesity and Malnutrition in Pacific Islands; HTY’s Momotaro, Peach Boy; The Decline of Newspapers; Centennial of Kilauea Military Camp and Volcanoes National Park


OHA’s Response to Kelii Akina’s CB editorial; HMH’s Production, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Kauai Primary Elections; Comedy Workshop

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Veteran Homelessness; Hawai‘i Adaptation of the Nutcracker; Restaurant’s Response to Hep A Outbreak; Remembering Hiroshima


The Future of Ridesharing in Honolulu; Hawai‘i harmonica Society; Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Kirk Caldwell


From the Farm; Documentary "Holy Hell"; Honolulu Mayoral Candidate


Support Papahanaumokuakea Expansion; Japanese Cinema; Honolulu Mayoral Candidate

Support Papahanaumokuakea Expansion: Chef Sam Choy


Fishing Means Food Coalition; MAPA's Jekyll & Hyde; Big Island Primary Races; QiGong

Fishing Means Food Coalition: Chef Nico Chaize


Potential Local/National Economic Impacts of US Presidential Candidates’ Trade Policies; Comedian Ozell Daniel; Hawaii’s Energy Future; Printmaker

Potential Local/National Economic Impacts of US Presidential Candidates’ Trade Policies: Marcus Noland


Philosophy for Children (p4c) Program; Alfred Apaka Stamp Drive; Guidelines for a Model Elder Abuse Registry; Koloa Plantation Days Parade

  Philosophy for Children (p4c) Program: Amber Makaiau


Kokua Council to Sue DOH; Surf Photographer; From the Farm; Maui Science Center

 Kokua Council to Sue DOH: Larry Geller


Hawai‘i Republicans take Stock; Collegiate Theatre Festival; Tight Primary Races on Maui; Storytelling for Children on Maui

Hawaii Republicans Take Stock After RNC


National Conference on Status of Women; Still & Moving Gandhi Yoga; Access to Care/Lodging &Transportation Issues for Cancer Patients; Kuana Torres Kahele

  National Conference on Status of Women: Cathy Betts


The STOP Pain Act, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), and Addiction Recovery in Hawai‘i;  New play TAG Casting Call;  Relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma; Hapa Trail Walk

The STOP Pain Act, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), and Addiction Recovery in Hawaii: Dr. Scott Miscovich


Long View; DHT’s Mamma Mia; What’s Next for HECO?; 14-Nation Tour

  Long View: Neal Milner

The Conversation: Monday, July 19th, 2016

Jul 19, 2016
Flickr - Robert Linsdell

Red Flags in the Housing Market; Archeology Discovery on Kauai; Neal Conan; What a Kaua‘i Author Learned Living on an Island

Warning Signs in the Housing Market– Daren Blomquist


Democratic Party of Hawaii Chair Tim Vandeveer; Lei-Maker; Climate Change; Next to Normal, Aloha Performing Arts Company

  Democratic Party of Hawaii Chair: Tim Vandeveer