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.”

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



The Conversation
9:56 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Agricultural Conservation Lots; Chris Thomas King; AARP National President; Story Book Theater

Chris Thomas King Flyer

Tuesday, September 30th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Bill to Create Agricultural Conservation Lots: Don Guzman

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10:59 am
Mon September 29, 2014

GDP Conference; Makiki Walking Tour; HSTA and Public Funds for Private Preschool; "Blithe Spirit"

Blithe Spirit
Credit Blithe Spirit

Monday, September 29th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

GDP Conference: Lisa Gibson

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11:59 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Housing ASAP; OM EinDor Berov; AD UP Hawaii; Kaho`olawe Exhibit

Ad UP Hawaii Logo
Credit AD UP Hawaii

Friday, September 26th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Homeless Housing, Hawaii Community Foundation: Tammi Chun

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9:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Kakaako Parking Lawsuit; Master Sha; Hawaii Disability Rights Center Lawsuit; Wiliwili Festival

Wiliwili Tree
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Thursday, September 25th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kakaako Parking, Towing, and Street Ownership Issues: Michael Carroll

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10:33 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Pahoa Lava Update; "Defensora"; Lanai Developments; Poet, Naomi Nye

Tuesday, September 23rd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Pahoa Lava Update: Tiffany Edwards Hunt

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11:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Pvt. Kealoha Tombstone; "Wait Until Dark"; Solar Industry Update; Banana Workshop

Privately-funded grave marker for Pvt. J.R. Kealoha, created 137 years after his death.

Monday, September 22nd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Pvt. Kealoha Tombstone: Nanette Napoleon

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9:22 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Board of Water Supply Billing; Parklets; Gulf Research; Mavis Staples


Friday, September 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Board of Water Supply Billing: Councilmember Pine

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1:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Long View; Lāhainā Noon; Strategy for Combating the Islamic State; TEDxMaui 2014

Lāhainā Noon
Credit 4th World Film

Wednesday, September 17th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View, Capstone Discussion on Inequality: Neal Milner

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