PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter -  April 27 - MAY 3

Aloha mai kakou from Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO...

Long Story Short guest Gerri Hayes (image) For businesswoman Gerri Hayes, being told that “you can’t do it” just makes her more determined to succeed. On LONG STORY SHORT (Tues, April 29, 7:30 pm), Gerri shares her survival story as a single mother of two young children who moved to Hawaii to take a human-services job that didn't materialize. She founded a business, Office Pavilion Hawaii, providing furniture to workplaces. It was hailed by Pacific Business News as 2011's top female-owned business in the islands, with revenues that year of $37 million.

Burning taking place on a sugar cane field (image) It's all about Maui, on the next HIKI NŌ (Thurs., May 1, 7:30 pm)! Students from seven Maui schools provide community coverage, starting with the divisive issue of sugar cane burning at the last producing sugar mill in Hawaii. Join us for reports from:

· H.P. Baldwin High School in Wailuku
· Kamehameha Schools Maui Middle in Pukalani
· Lahainaluna High School in Lahaina
· Lahaina Intermediate in Lahaina
· Maui High School in Kahului
· Maui Waena Intermediate in Kahului
· Seabury Hall Middle School in Makawao

Sugar was once the king of an ag-based economy in Hawaii. Tourism replaced sugar, but depending so much upon tourism to fill state coffers places us at high risk from market factors we can't control. On INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., May 1, 8:00 pm), host Daryl Huff moderates a discussion that centers on the question: What is the Next Salvation for Hawaii’s Economy?

INSIGHTS is a live public affairs show that is also streamed online at PBSHawaii.org. Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging. You may also email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org.

Ed Wendt PBS HAWAII PRESENTS Nā Loea: The Masters (Thurs., May 1, 9:00 pm), featuring the stories of two men who are considered masters in Hawaiian culture: Keone Nunes, a kumu hula and master of traditional kakau (tattooing); and Ed Wendt (pictured), a pioneer in the taro restoration movement who has helped to re-establish the water rights for all traditional farmers in east Maui.

Here are more highlights of the upcoming week on PBS Hawaii:

The midwives of CALL THE MIDWIFE Season 3 (Sun., April 27, 7:00 pm) discover that a young woman with Down Syndrome is six months pregnant, leading to difficult confessions and decisions.

LeClair, a character on Mr. Selfridge (image) On MASTERPIECE CLASSIC Mr. Selfridge Season 2 (Sun., April 27, 8:00 pm), Loxley’s corrupt empire expands, LeClair (pictured) lands in deep trouble, Victor and Agnes make plans and Harry joins the war effort.

In its second season, THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE (Sun., April 27, 9:00 pm) continues with Uncustomed Goods, Part 1 of 2. Millie is abducted and taken to a seedy hotel, where she meets a sex trafficking victim.

AN electric car, fresh off the assembly line (image) Go behind the factory doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors on INDEPENDENT LENS Revenge of the Electric Car (Mon., April 28, 10:00 pm). The film follows the race among major car-makers to be the first and the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world.

George Takei as Sulu on the TV series Star Trek (image) PIONEERS OF TELEVISION Breaking Barriers (Tues., April 29, 8:00 pm) traces the story of people of color on American television. Among the stars featured: Bill Cosby of I Spy, Desi Arnaz of I Love Lucy and George Takei (pictured) of Star Trek.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle (Tues., April 29, 9:00 pm) examines the life and mysterious death of Mexican American journalist Ruben Salazar. Killed by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became a martyr to the Chicano community that had often criticized his reporting.
FRONTLINE Prison State (Tues., April 29, 10:00 pm) investigates the impact of mass incarceration in America through a focus on inmates from a Louisville housing project, while the State of Kentucky tries to break the imprisonment cycle.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (image) Architect Stephen Chung explores COOL SPACES (Thurs., May 1, 10:00 pm) where we live, work and play. This edition features Performance Spaces, including Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY; Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX; and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (pictured) in Kansas City, MO.

Two ballet artist of the Pennsylvania Ballet perform on stage (image) Pennsylvania Ballet at 50 (Fri., May 2, 9:00 pm) honors the company’s golden anniversary. The program includes: the pas de deux from After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon; “Under the Sun” pas de deux by Margo Sappington; and “Diamonds” from Jewels by George Balanchine.

Performers of Sleeping Beauty (image) CRAFT IN AMERICA Industry (Fri., May 2, 10:00 pm) features quilters Joe Cunningham, Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway; boat builder Graham McKay; artist Bethanne Knudson; and jewelry maker Shane Yamane (pictured), who markets his pieces through Etsy, the successful online craft marketplace.

A Spanish style burger dish (image) Chef Sara Moulton pursues the ultimate burger as SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS returns with an episode devoted to Burgers & Fries (Sat., May 3, 5:30 pm). After a lesson on finding the best grind of meat, Sara makes a Spanish-style burger (pictured), plus a comfort food mash-up: meatloaf burgers.

Author Jian Ping shares her coming-of-age story on Mulberry Child (Sat., May 3, 9:00 pm). Her family struggled to survive China’s Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976, and the story follows Jian’s life through her current relationship with her American daughter.

Encore pick of the week:

Christen Marquez, at right, researches her family name  (image) E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name (Sat., May 3, 8:00 pm) airs on PBS stations nationwide this month. Filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez sets out to discover the meaning of her lengthy Hawaiian name from her estranged mother, who was diagnosed as a schizophrenic in the 1980s.

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A hui hou kakou — until next time,


Leslie Wilcox 
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