Kid Kine Kurses
Thurs., July 31, 9:00 pm
Kid Kine Kurses harkens back to the days when local people didn't lock their doors, kids played outside until the sun went down and friends and family got together to talk story.
In Lemon Tree Billiards House (1996), written by Cedric Yamanaka, Dean Kaneshiro plays a young pool hustler who believes that he was cursed as a young child. He plays the match of his life against an older version of himself...cocky, talented and also cursed. Together they face their demons over the pool table. The older pool hustler is played tongue-in-cheek by the late Ray Bumatai. The late James Grant Benton plays an exorcist, and familiar face Dan Seki plays the owner of the Lemon Tree Billiard House. Directed by Tim Savage.
Dancing With The Long Bone (1996) tells the story of a young girl who finds
a bone buried in the forest. Innocently, she brings the bone home and a series of
suspicious events unfold around her and her loved ones. The spirit of a pig hunter
haunts her dreams and eventually she realizes the steps she needs to take to restore
peace in her life and her household. Natalie Young stars as Mina, the young girl who
learns the lesson of respect for those who have passed; Karen Keawehawaii brings her
exceptional talents to the role of Minaʻs aunty; and Henry Kapono makes a cameo
appearance as the pig hunter. From a story by Nora Cobb-Keller.
Ohta-San: Virtuosity and Legacy
Thurs., August 7, 9:00 pm
Jessie Kalima. Lyle Ritz. Eddie Kamae. Herb Ohta. In the 50s, 60s and 70s, these giants of the ukulele snatched the simple four-stringed instrument away from the background and planted it firmly at the front of the stage. In this special, Herb Ohta, known as Ohta-San, brings his solo ukulele riffs to the PBS Hawaii studios, playing numbers such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and his chart-topping ballad, “Song for Anna.” He also teams up with his son, Herb Ohta Jr., for their take on the Hawaiian classics “Hi’ilawe” and “Sanoe.”