The Conversation is a weekday show on HPR’s news and information program stream, KHPR 88.1FM. For, by, and about the people of Hawaii, The shows host Chris Vandercook will be talking to all sorts of people about all sorts of things, from the state’s budget crisis to huli-huli chicken, and audience involvement and comment is invited.
The Conversation: Honolulu Mayor Addresses First Week of 'Safe Access'; Hawaiʻi Island Faces a Shortage of Foster Families
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi addresses tension around the Safe Access program, Hawaiʻi Island faces a shortage of foster families, and new technology may help to protect football players from concussions
The Conversation: Breaking Down Vaccine Mandates
On today's call-in show, we're taking your questions about the rollout of vaccine and testing mandates across the state. Honolulu labor attorney Jeffrey Harris walks us through the legality of requiring vaccinations for employees and patrons, and we go in-depth with Tamara Addison of Oahu Transit Services about their effort to get transit workers vaccinated before the deadline.
The Conversation: Potential Healthcare Rationing Could Impact the Elderly; The Meaning and History of Hūnānāniho
Hawaii AARP State Director shares her concerns about age potentially being a factor when prioritizing care at hospitals during the pandemic; Political Analyst Neal Milner discusses the intersection of race and housing in Hawaiʻi in our bi-weekly segment, The Long View; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Claire Caulfield talks raising chickens during the pandemic in today's Reality Check; We learn more about the Moa, the red junglefowl Polynesian voyagers first brought to Hawaiʻi in this week's Manu Minute; HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi discusses efforts to teach computers to understand the Hawaiian language; and a Waimanalo native discusses the meaning and history of Hūnānāniho.
The Conversation: Hawaiʻi's Pre-9/11 Preparedness; Raising Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The former head of Honolulu's Emergency Medical Services recalls Hawaiʻi's high level of preparedness for a terrorist event prior to 9/11; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter shares her story about a former Hawaiʻi legislator who joined the State's Board of Education on an interim basis in today's Reality Check; the founder of the Hawaii Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Action Group discusses the condition and what resources are available for those raising children with it; Honolulu's Temple Emanu-El's rabbi shares how services have pivoted during the pandemic
The Conversation: 'Safe Access' Starts on Oʻahu, Maui to Launch Similar Program; Hui Leads Stewardship of Hāʻena State Park
Officials on Maui are eyeing the rollout of the Safe Access Oʻahu program ahead of the launch of a similar program on the Valley Isle on Wednesday; Hui Makaʻainana o Makana paves the way to a partnership between the government and the community at our state parks; and how do we create more child care offerings to meet growing need?
Aloha Friday Conversation: The Legacy of Labor Struggle in Hawaiʻi
On this Aloha Friday Conversation, we're looking back at Labor Day and talking about just what it takes to make a living in Hawaiʻi. We'll start with the history behind workers' rights legislation in Hawaiʻi, and then ask if those protections are enough against the unique challenges of the 21st century.