Thursday, May 23, 9:00 pm
This program blends food, travel and genealogy, tracing family origins through food. In this pilot episode, Chefs Ed Kenney and Alan Wong trace Wong's roots through his family recipes. They visit Wahiawa, Oahu, Wong's hometown; and Tokyo, where Wong was born. Along the way, the chefs meet organic farmers, tofu manufacturers, sushi chefs - all people who play a role in bringing food to our tables.
Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha
(Keep Your Love)
This program tells the story of Keola Beamer's journey through song. The respected composer and slack key guitarist partners with an array of musicians, including Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, American jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Hawaiian vocalist Raiatea Helm. These collaborations demonstrate how one can retain cultural identity while openly sharing with others to create something new - a global art form. This multicultural exchange reaches its zenith when Beamer performs a Hawaiian-language version of John Lennon's "Imagine," with musicians playing traditional Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Hawaiian, Classical European and American Jazz instruments. In a particularly moving segment, Moanalani performs Hula Mu'umu'u (Dance of the Maimed) as a quadraplegic woman who magically regains her limbs.