Month: July 2015

How Can We Better Care for People Who Suffer from Serious Mental Illness?

People who suffer from mental illness in Hawai‘i often have difficulty being diagnosed and finding and accepting treatment. Some end up on the streets, exacerbating an already booming homeless population. And Hawai‘i’s only state mental hospital is overcrowded, with some employees saying it’s unsafe for patients and staff. How can we better care for people who suffer from serious mental illness?


INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I is a live public affairs show that is also live streamed on Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, or Twitter. You may also email your questions ahead of time


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Announcing the 2015 HIKI NŌ Festival

2015 HIKI NŌ Festival


Please join PBS Hawaii and the HIKI NŌ schools as we celebrate the 2015 HIKI NŌ Awards statewide. Top stories from the past season of HIKI NŌ, PBS Hawaii’s statewide student news network, will be shown at a free public screenings on Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and Oahu.




  • Historic Iao Theatre
  • Sunday, August 16
  • 3:00 pm reception, 4:00 pm screening

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HILO (Big Island)

  • Palace Theater
  • Saturday, August 22
  • 3:00 pm reception, 4:00 pm screening

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KONA (Big Island)

  • Aloha Theatre
  • Sunday, August 23
  • 3:00 pm reception, 4:00 pm screening

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  • Island School (outdoor screening)
  • Saturday, August 29
  • 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm screening

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  • Ward Consolidated Theatres
  • Wednesday, September 2
  • 4:00 pm reception, 6:00 pm screening

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While all stories that air on HIKI NŌ meet PBS Hawaii standards, these nominated stories represent the best of the best and the HIKI NŌ Festival is a great way for these local, young storytellers to show the state what they can do.

HIKI NŌ award winners will be determined through numeric scoring by a panel of veteran industry professionals and will be announced via live stream on Thursday, September 24 at Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii, will present the winners with Donna Tanoue, President of Bank of Hawaii Foundation, HIKI NŌ’s founding broadcast sponsor. The winning school in each category will receive $1,000 in equipment from B&H Photo, plus the HIKI NŌ Shooting Star trophy.

HIKI NŌ (which means “can do” in the Hawaiian language) is PBS Hawaii’s groundbreaking statewide student news network. Students use 21st-century skills to produce hyperlocal stories that meet PBS national adult journalism standards. A half-hour weekly program airs Thursdays at 7:30 pm on public television. View past episodes or learn more about HIKI NŌ online at


Il Barbiere di Siviglia


The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber of Seville. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid score, which features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in opera.


60s Girl Grooves


Join host Mary Wilson of the Supremes as she celebrates the greatest girl groups and solo singers of the 1960s, including archival performances from The Supremes, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Martha & the Vandellas, Jackie DeShannon and many other favorites.


Beats of the Antonov


Learn how music and dance bind a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region, where the people of the Blue Nile celebrate their survival and fight to maintain their heritage, even as bombs drop all around them.


Part 7 of 7


Captain Ross Poldark rides again in a swashbuckling new adaptation of the hit 1970s series. Aidan Turner stars as a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolution; Eleanor Tomlinson plays the miner’s daughter taken in by the captain.


Part 7 of 7
When Verity makes her move, Poldark is blamed and events spiral out of control. An epidemic leads to tragedy. A shipwreck is both a blessing and a curse.


“…It’s a Vision of the Mind and Heart”

The second story of PBS Hawaii's NEW HOME is being built atop an existing building, with this new top floor over parking.

The second story of PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME is being built atop an existing building, with this new top floor extending over parking.


Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiFor the first time in my life, I enjoy having to stop in traffic for a red light – but only the one at Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road.


Near this traffic intersection that’s home to a huge monkey pod tree, a two-story building continues to emerge, one in which more than a thousand Hawaii residents have invested.


PBS Hawaii’s new location, The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, is a welcome bricks-and-mortar sight for our Board of Directors, Community Advisory Council, and Staff. More than that, it’s a vision of the mind and heart.


What we see is the promise of collaborative space that will allow us to create and deepen programmatic partnerships with other nonprofits, educators, filmmakers and other artists, businesses, labor and government. We see live televised events enlivening the industrial district with music and capturing meaningful debates on timely issues. We see teachers and students as frequent visitors – physically and virtually – as they take part in workshops in media literacy, journalism and video production. We see our suite of locally produced shows expanding as more media-makers are attracted to noncommercial PBS-style diverse viewpoints and trustworthy information.


I’m happy to report that construction, by Allied Builders System, is on budget and on time. We thank the Hawaii State Legislature for approving a $1 million grant this year for construction and First Hawaiian Bank Foundation for the largest corporate gift to date – $200,000.


What we see is the promise of collaborative space that will allow us to create and deepen programmatic partnerships…


We’re starting the home stretch, with $3.5 million to go to reach the $30 million goal. To all who have already made a gift of any size, thank you so much for sharing in this vision that is larger than all of us.


A hui hou (until next time),

Leslie signature



Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter


From 1941 to 1978, the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames brought unique talents to their partnership. He was an architect by training; she was a painter and sculptor. Together, they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work literally helped shape the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today. Ray and Charles Eames are, perhaps, best remembered for their mid-century modern furniture, built from novel materials like molded plywood, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, bent metal wire and aluminum – offering consumers beautiful, functional, yet inexpensive products. Revered for their designs and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture, but their influence on significant events and movements in American life – from the development of modernism to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood.


Curious About… Victoria, British Columbia


This series takes viewers on an enriching and entertaining “field trip for grown-ups” to some of the most intriguing European and North American cities in the world. Entertainment journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity for the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to this new series. In each location, Christine explores the hidden histories in their art, architecture, museums, monuments, houses of worship and city parks.


Curious About… Victoria, British Columbia
Who was “A.B.C. Architect” and why did he design such a grand Parliament Building in Victoria? What is Fan Tan Alley, and what does it have to do with the 2nd oldest Chinatown in North America? How did an 11th and 12th century French, Spanish & Italian Romanesque-style castle, built for a Scottish self-made millionaire, become “Canada’s Castle?” Why isn’t there a sign above the main entrance to The Empress Hotel? And finally, as we take High Tea here, is it pinkies up or down?


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