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, and Paul Marto Pinto is the intern. 


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


The Future of Cornea Transplants in Hawai‘i; Hoku Zuttermeister; The Future of SB 2077; Hawaii Performing Arts Festival

The Future of Cornea Transplants in Hawaii: Michael Simao


Hawaii’s Aging Population; Kika Kila:How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music; Equal Means Equal; Discover Flying as a Private Pilot

Hawaii’s Aging Population: Andrew Mason


An Alternative View on Bids to Cool Hawaii Classrooms; Savant Books and Publications; Democratic Convention Delegate; Ridge to Reef Rendezvous

  An Alternative View on Bids to Cool Hawaii Classrooms: John White


The Science of Cuddle Parties; The Benefits of a Plant Based Diet; Update on the Every Student Succeeds Act; Modern-Day Micronesians in Hawaii

  The Science of Cuddle Parties: Paul Thornton


Proposed Solar Farm on Hawaii Island; The Witches of Edmonton; Next Steps after Bill Banning Sex trafficking Signed in to Law; Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical

Proposed Solar Farm on Hawaii Island: Rep. Richard Creagan


The Results from One Year of Housing First; Core Acting Workshop; Signing of the Industrial Hemp Bill into Law; Surf Film Festival

The Results from One Year of Housing First: Jack Barile


Hawaii’s Farm to School Initiative; Kauai’s Soto Zen Bon Festival; DLNR Chairperson; Photography Workshops

Hawaii’s Farm to School Initiative: Robyn Pfahl


Changing Energy Consumption Habits; Watercolor Class for Adults; FAA Rules for UAS; Maui OnStage Spamalot

*Due to technical difficulties this morning we were not able to record audio from today's show. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions about guests or topics please call 808-795-8248.

Changing Energy Consumption Habits: Caleb Brown


Government Transparency; Troubadours; From the Farm; Tahiti Fete

Government Transparency: Colin Moore


Cuddle Parties Come to Honolulu; Barbershop Quartet; What It Means to be an American; Kona Historical Society Paniolo Exhibit

Cuddle Parties Come to Honolulu: Erica “Tika”Scott


A Future of Nationalism & Rejected Globalization; Hawai`i Living Legend Harry; FCC Chair Proposes Retaining Most U.S. Media Ownership Rules; Maui Huliau Foundation Summer Eco-Camp

A Future of Nationalism & Rejected Globalization: Jairus Grove

Edmund Garman

Dignity on Wheels Program; KDEN’s Music Man; 2016 Point in Time Count; Maui Fishpond Community Work Day

Dignity on Wheels Program (aka LIFT): Eliot Bu



Long View; All the World’s a Stage Presents Proof; Amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri; Art on the Zoo Fence

Long View: Neal Milner


2016 Kids Count Report; Spiritual Hypnotherapy; From the Farm; Rhythm Workshop


2016 Kids Count Report: Ivette Rodriguez Stern


How Will BREXIT Affect Tourism; Entertainer Little Albert; A Lawsuit for Special Ed Studetns; Basketball and Lysistrata

Brexit Impact On Hawaii Tourism: Dr. Eugene Tian

Marine Conservation Science Institute

Coral Reef Symposium; Studying Sharks; Collusion Among Contractors for School AC; Rising Stars Showcase

Coral Reef Symposium: Hugh Possingham


Former Meth Addict; Singer Lisa Fischer; Reef Degradation from Sunscreen; Betty Loo Taylor Documentary

Overcoming Meth-Addict: Latisha


Teaching Grit; Contortion Workshop; RIMPAC Returns to Hawai‘i; A Photo History of  Kaua’i

Long View: Neal Milner

Hawaii Polo Club

Honolulu Ethics Commission; Polo in Hawaii; A Hawai‘i Expat’s Take on BREXIT; Wahine Week

Shed Light State of Ethics in HI: Colin Moore

flickr - icelight

Faith and Conservation in Conjunction; A New Young Adult Novel from a Moloka‘i Writer; Easter Seals Hawaii; HOT School Residency Program

Coral Reef Symposium, A Researcher’s Take on the Connection Between Conservation and Religion: Elizabeth (Lizzie) McLeod


BOSS Survery from Hawai‘i Business Magazine; Independent Book Publishing; The Trouble with “Finding Dory”; A New Radio Drama About Mozart

Hawaii Business Magazine’s BOSS Survey: Steve Petranik


Renting to Homeless; French Film Festival in Honolulu; Tackling Ocean Debris; Celebrating Juneteenth

Finding Land Lords for the Homeless: Kimo Carvahlo

Wikimedia Commons

Hawai‘i–India Law Symposium; Action at Honolulu Hale; “Bring It Home” Dance Theater

2016 India-Hawai’i Law Symposium: Dean C. Raj Kumar