Town Square

Thursdays at 5pm

Town Square, hosted and produced by Beth-Ann Kozlovich, is one of the oldest of Hawaii Public Radio's public affairs programs. Since its inception in 1999, Town Square has provided an interactive forum for political, social, educational and cultural issues of local, national and international importance. Often the conversation includes guests and participants from outside Hawaii, giving access to newsmakers and those yet to make news. Discussions are lively and almost always, civil.



Town Square
8:13 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Town Square: Hawaii Health Connector and State Medical Providers

On this edition of Town Square, a look at the relationship between the Hawaii Health Connector and state medical providers.  Hawaii Health Connector director Jeff Kissel, Executive Vice President of Hawaii Pacific Health, Dr. Ginny Pressler, and Senator Josh Green answered your questions.

Town Square
9:09 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Today on Town Square: Homelessness in Paradise

The Institute for Human Services is planning a program to help some homeless people return to their home states and it wants to spread the word that Hawaii is not the place for mainland homeless people to come. Our panel will look at the specifics of saying Paradise isn't for everyone.  Guests: Colin Kippen, Homeless Coordinator for the State of Hawai‘i; Connie Mitchell, IHS, Executive Director; Greg Payton ,Partners In Care, Executive Chair;  Larry Geller,Community Advocate.

Town Square
2:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Town Square: 2014 Election Debrief

The election is over, now what? Neal Milner and Colin Moore weigh in on where we go from here. We’ll consider what the election results mean and how they set up the next legislative session – and what may happen in Washington.

Town Square
8:55 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Town Square: Duke Aiona

  In the last of  our series of conversations with gubernatorial candidates Ige, Hanneman and Aiona.  This week we talk with GOP candidate Duke Aiona.  How does he assess the race to this point and the issues that he hopes will swing voters his way?  Today at 5pm on HPR2

Town Square
8:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Town Square: Mufi Hannemann

  Next in our series of conversations with gubernatorial candidates Ige, Hanneman and Aiona: this week we talk with Mufi Hannemann. What is he saying that's shaping the overall conversation about the race and the candidates who all want to be Hawaii's next governor?

Town Square
8:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Town Square: David Ige

Host Beth-Ann Kozlovich talks with Gubernatorial candidate David Ige about his campaign for Governor and his position on the issues facing our state.

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Town Square
8:05 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Town Square: Charles Djou

There are candidate forums a plenty over the next six weeks before Hawai‘i votes on November 4, but how much access will you have to the people asking for your vote? On this Town Square, CD1 GOP candidate Charles Djou stepped into the studio for a live one hour conversation.  Topics include: minimum wage, Medicare, immigration, Hawaii's economy and much, much more on this edition of Town Square.

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Town Square
8:48 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Town Square: Honolulu's plans to help the homeless

  ... and whether those plans are in sync with the State's. We'll look at best practices with Mathew  Doherty, the Director of Initiatives for the US Interagency Council on Homelessness; Jenny Lee, staff attorney at Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice; and Kathryn Xian, Executive Director of Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery.

Town Square
8:04 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Town Square: The journey from the original 9/11 attack to today

  The journey from the original 9/11 attack to today.  As the enemy has changed and keeps morphing while attracting nationals from the western world, is the U.S. responding well enough?  Our panel will consider that question and others through the course of the show.  

Town Square
8:03 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Town Square: ALS fundraising campaign gone viral

  Your news feeds in twitter, Facebook and whatever else you use are probably filled with pictures of people taking the ice bucket challenge. Now the ALS awareness campaign started by one family to challenge some friends has gone beyond viral raising millions of unprecedented dollars. We'll talk with the head of the Golden West region, one of its trustees and the executive  director of the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations about this unlikely campaign and the creativity that's translating into cash.