The Conversation

Weekdays at 11am on HPR-1

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of locally-focused discussions of public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from around the block and around the world provide perspectives on life in the islands and issues that have not yet reached Hawaii. 

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.

The production team is Lillian Tsang, Ryan Finnerty and Amber Khan.

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

U.S. Navy / Flickr

Saving the Vaquita Porpoise; Navy Plans Increased Training in Hawaii; Ukulele Music Therapy

Vaping360 / Flickr

Health Science of Vaping; Hawaii Island Bus System; New Data on Coral Bleaching

Wikimedia Commons

Tax Reform Poses Challenge to Universities; Immigrant Labor in Longline Fishing; New School for Kapolei

U.S. Pacific Air Forces

State Pensions on Path to Solvency; Challenges to COFA Immigrants; Making Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

Knight Foundation / Flickr

Monster Houses; Pakistan Consul General; UH’s Cacao among best; Practical Scientific, Political, Ecological Art

Max Pixel

DLNR Aquatic Resources Division; HIFF film: Corridor Four; Gender Identity


Water Quality Testing Expands to South Maui: Dana Reed; Ida May Pope: Sandra Bonura; Diversity Lottery: John Egan

Wikimedia Commons

Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act; Analysis of Republican Tax Plan; Waikiki Shipwreck Environmental Impacts

Nathan Fitch/Island Soldier

Aquarium Fish Permits; North Kona Water; Micronesian Veterans of U.S. Military

Kessler Air Force Base

Shortage of Certified Dialysis Centers; Electricity Rates Compared to Oil Rates; Pono Politics; Maui Brewing Co.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Micro Unit Affordable Rental Project; Salvinia Invasion on Kauai; Pilot André Borschberg; Antonio Carlos Jobim Tribute Concert

Wikimedia Commons

Waikiki Homeless Youth Kent Anderson; Hawaii ALS Walk: Fred Fisher; Kuleana Film: Brian Kohne; L’Escargot

Wikimedia Commons

Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act; Arab/Palestinian Issues Scholar; Hawaii Foodbank; 47th Kona Coffee Cultural Festival; Brooklyn Raga Massive

Charles Williams / Flickr

Opioids in Hawaii; Repatriating Hawaiian Bones; Aloha From Lavaland

Alan Light / Flickr

Helicopter Tour Operator Response; Public Healthcare Option Proposal; National Park Fee Increases, Record Visitors; Taiko Drums: Kenny Endo and Betsy Fisher

Wikimedia Commons

Proposal to Close South Hilo Sanitary Landfill; Viaduct Homeless Sweep; Economic Impact of Timeshares; Law School Admissions Criteria; Jazz Singer Jonathan Karrant

Wikimedia Commons

Police Commission; Lessons of Hurricane Season; Slow-Growth Recovery

Wikimedia Commons

Costs and Benefits of Recreational Marijuana, HPD Criminal Intelligence Unit


Maui, Hawaii Island Power Outages; Transform Hawaii Government; Out of State Prisons

Army Medicine / Flickr

Regenerative Medicine; Avoiding Identity Theft; Zen and Cancer


Former HPD Chief Arrested; Challenge to Travel Ban 3.0; Ethnic Inequality in Public Schools

Holoholo Kauai Boat Tours

Combating Domestic Violence; Lehua Rat Eradication; Tuskegee Airmen

Wikimedia Commons

Abandoned Cars, La Nina Warning and Drought Report, Red Cross Fire Alarm Campaign, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Daveynin / Flickr

State Homeless Coordinator; Sea Turtle Assessment; Artists for Social Justice

Photo Credit: Cory Doctorow / Flickr

Homeless Safe Zones and Sit-Lie Bans

Wikimedia Commons

Maui Sand Mining; Waimea High Truancy Pilot Program; Evolution of Sponsorship in Surfing

Molly Seltzer / Electric America

Electric America; Clean Power Plan in Hawaii; Combating Little Fire Ants

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

“Slut Walk” Hawaii; Biki Bike Share 3-Month Update 

ToastyKen / Flickr

Helicopter Tour Lawsuit; Pidgin in Education; Marching Against Domestic Violence

Wikimedia Commons

‘SlutWalk’ Comes to Honolulu; Disaster Preparedness; City Crackdown on Rentals