Month: September 2015

Can a Film Inspire Change when Change is Tough?

Can a Film Inspire Change when Change is Tough?

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiCan storytelling profoundly touch lives? Here at PBS Hawaii, the answer is a resounding yes. Belief in the power of storytelling to educate, and a conviction that education can transform perspectives and even lives, are the underpinnings of everything we do here.

 

Now here comes an independent Hawaii film that is a great example of storytelling meant to inspire and motivate – with the goal of improving public education. Matthew Nagato’s film, ʻike – Knowledge is Everywhere, shares intimate stories of efforts that are working – of real students, educators and advocates in Hawaii who are listening to community needs, who aren’t letting commonplace conflicts over resources and policy stop them, and who are collectively taking action.

 

“I think people are hungry for this type of storytelling… It’s hopeful and positive. It’s about what’s going right, not what’s going wrong,” Nagato says. His previous film, ola – Health is Everything, about another complex subject, health care in Hawaii, was well-received and also featured individuals making a collective difference.

 

On Thursday, September 24, at 8:00 pm, we are proud to present the statewide television debut of ʻike (which means knowledge). Stay with us for a live local discussion afterward, on Insights on PBS Hawaii, at a special time, 9:10 pm.

 

Many people already have seen this film in groups large and small. That’s because the filmmaker has taken it out for about 50 free community screenings on different islands, and he has invited attendees to express their thoughts.

 

Ken Hiraki, President of the Public Schools Foundation of Hawaii, has eagerly gone to seven community screenings and each time, he told me, the film has moved him to tears. And it has galvanized him to work with his organization to establish a Summer Scholars program at Waipahu High School.

 

Says film director Nagato: “I do see people take action as a result of a screening. They’ve said, ‘Let’s put down our shields and reach out to someone to work with, to partner with…and let’s develop something.’”

 

He believes firmly that “small, incremental changes overtake the problem at some point.”

 

We hope that you’re able to watch Matthew Nagato’s humbly provocative film on PBS Hawaii on September 24. He’ll be on hand for the live discussion to follow. We invite you to get involved by calling in, tweeting, or emailing your comments and questions.

 

A hui hou (until next time),

Leslie signature

 

 

PROGRAM LISTINGS
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2015

 

Arts, Drama, Culture

 

Secrets of Westminster

Sun., Sept. 27, 7:00 pm

Encore

 

The Houses of Parliament and the Tower of Big Ben are classic London emblems
of historic British democracy. The Palace of Westminster, which includes the
House of Commons and the House of Lords, stands as a monument to a fair and
open political system, but within its gothic walls are the hidden worlds of
Parliament, where back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions are the order of the
day. Around the corner, Westminster Abbey is steeped in Anglo-Saxon myths,
legends and history of over 3,000 great men and women buried or memorialized
here throughout the ages.

 

INDIAN SUMMERS ON MASTERPIECE

Part 1 of 9

Sun., Sept. 27, 8:00 pm

New

 

Julie Walters stars as the glamorous doyenne of an English social club in
the twilight era of British rule in India. Set in a subtropical paradise, the
series dramatizes the collision of the high-living English ruling class with
the local people agitating for Indian independence. As the drama unfolds, the
two sides alternately clash and merge in an intricate game of power, politics
and passion. Also starring in the lavish production are Henry Lloyd-Hughes,
Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth and Lillete Dubey.

 

Part 1 of 9
The British arrive at their summer headquarters in northern India for a season
of parties, romance and trouble – including attempted murder.

 

VICIOUS

Wedding

Sun., Sept. 27, 9:30 pm

New

 

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi return in this UK comedy series as partners
Freddie and Stuart, who have lived together in a small central London flat
for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding onto
petty slights for decades, the duo are always cracking snide remarks aimed
at the other’s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious,
co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another.

 

Wedding
It’s someone’s big day, but things are far from smooth with the appearance
of an unexpected guest. Penelope and Mason are asked to pick up the wedding
cake, which doesn’t go as planned. It’s not long before the blissful event
becomes a potential disaster.

 

NA MELE

Richard Ho ʻopiʻi and George Kahumoku Jr.

Mon., Sept. 28, 7:30 pm

Encore

 

Richard Hoʻopiʻi and George Kahumoku Jr. walked into the PBS Hawaii studio,
sat down with their instruments, and began to play. George, with his mellow
slack key guitar and soothing voice, performing alongside Richard, with his
never-ending smile and his beautiful falsetto, offered song after song, with
talk story in-between. This impromptu concert can only be described as
pure joy.

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Rapid City, Part 3 of 3

Mon., Sept. 28, 8:00 pm

Encore

 

Host Mark L. Walberg explores 19th-century Sioux weapons with appraiser John
Buxton at beautiful Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. Notable finds include
a 1760s Chester County Pennsylvania spice chest; two sets of Frank Lloyd
Wright blueprints; and a Favrile Fabrique Tiffany desk lamp valued
at $4,000-$6,000.

 

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

Albuquerque, Part 1 of 3

Mon., Sept. 28, 9:00 pm

New

 

Discover the treasures of Albuquerque, including: a 1969 Woodstock jacket
and program; a silk wedding gown, ca. 1875; and a Jane Peterson oil, “The
Answer,” ca. 1925. Which one is valued at $300,000? Plus, a visit to the
International Balloon Museum.

 

I’LL HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAVING

Tokyo

Mon., Sept. 28, 10:00 pm

New

 

Journey with Phil Rosenthal, creator of the TV series Everybody Loves
Raymond
, as he learns from chefs, vendors, culinary leaders and style
-setters. Rosenthal visits the kitchens on and off the well-worn gastronomic
path that keep traditions alive and create new ones.

 

Tokyo
Follow Phil in his search for the most delicious ramen, the sushi of his
dreams and anything else that makes Tokyo a global culinary capital. He
serves New York egg creams to his guests and dials down with TV host and
comedian David Spector.

 

A Few Great Bakeries

Mon., Sept. 28, 11:00 pm

Encore

 

Explore warm and toasty bakeries from Massachusetts to California. Find out
how a business that makes cakes, pies, bread and bagels can become a
neighborhood landmark. We visit mostly small family-run bakeries from
Portland, Maine to Juneau, Alaska, with many stops along the way. It’s part
food program, part travelogue, part appreciation of workers who start early
in the morning so we have wonderful things to eat all day.

 

LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX

Holly Henderson

Tues., Sept. 29, 7:30 pm

New

 

From the moment she arrived in Hawaii in 1977, Holly Henderson, a product of
New York and Massachusetts, knew that she was home. But she has always thought
of herself as a guest in Hawaii. This “guest” was once arrested while protesting
the eviction of Hansen’s disease patients from Hale Mohalu, and since arriving
here, she has trained innumerable executive directors and board members of
Hawaii non-profits.

 

This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 11:00 pm and Sunday,
Oct. 4 at 4:00 pm.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE

Turnips – The Roots

Wed., Sept. 30, 7:30 pm

New

 

A Chef’s Life is a cooking and documentary series that takes viewers inside
the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, opens a fine
dining restaurant in her small hometown in Eastern North Carolina. Each episode
follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and
hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her menus. Using a
chef’s modern sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine, past and present
– one ingredient at a time. A celebration of true farm-to-table food, the series
combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and
stresses of family life.

 

Turnips – The Roots
Rainy winters can yield some dull vegetable varieties, few more unglamorous than
the turnip. Nevertheless, Vivian is determined to showcase this root vegetable.
She features her winter rolls with pickled turnips at a charity dinner with James
Beard Award-winner Ashley Christiansen and other notable chefs from the region.
She frets over whether her roll is sexy enough to stand up to the opulent
surroundings, amidst such distinguished company. Despite her misgivings, the
roll is a head turner and Vivian manages to make some new friends.

 

PBS HAWAII PRESENTS

Ohta-San: Virtuosity and Legacy

Thurs., Oct. 1, 9:00 pm

Encore

 

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.”

 

GLOBE TREKKER

Delhi & Rajasthan, India

Thurs., Oct. 1, 10:00 pm

Encore

 

During her exploration of North India, Trekker Holly Morris visits the state of
kings in Vrindavan, tours the majestic forts in the pink city of Jaipur, soaks
in the relaxed atmosphere of Jodhpur and feasts on Rajasthani cuisine at the
colorful Bundi Utsav Festival.

 

Decoding Ancient Chinese Gardens

Thurs., Oct. 1, 11:00 pm

Encore

 

Suzhou, China is the heart and origin of the world’s oldest classical Chinese
gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lance, an architect, and Kelly, a
landscape designer, from the SF Bay Area experience the synthesis of art, nature
and architecture from several masterpiece gardens in Suzhou, China. These two
travelers visit the Master of Nets Garden, which was designed and built during
the Song Dynasty almost 1000 years ago. They traverse the rock maze of the Lion
Forest Garden, experience the tranquility of the Couple’s Retreat Garden and
more. Along the way, they see the architectural poetry of the garden-like
Suzhou Museum, designed by the world famous architect, I.M. Pei. An exciting
excursion to the water town of Tongli, south of the Yangzte River Delta,
exposes Lance and Kelly to ancient waterways, bridges and residential
architecture.

 

Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
for Popular Song

Fri., Oct. 2, 9:00 pm

Encore

 

Enjoy a star-studded tribute to the songwriting team who penned such classic
tunes as “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now Is
Love,” “Walk on By” and “Alfie.” Among the artists paying tribute to Bacharach
and David are Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Lyle
Lovett and Arturo Sandoval.

 

POV

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Fri., Oct. 2, 10:00 pm

New

 

This documentary dissects the persecution of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and
explores how the Chinese government’s attempts to silence him have backfired
and converted him into one of the world’s best known artists and an irrepressible
voice for free speech and human rights.

 

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty

Fri., Oct. 2, 10:00 pm

Encore

 

The original art star, James McNeill Whistler was a caustic wit and man-about-town.
Best known for his painting “Whistler’s Mother,” Whistler was one of the most
recognized artists in Europe and is today placed in the first rank of modern
painters. Dramatic re-creations, art, graphics and interviews combine to
profile this fascinating character.

 

THE MIND OF A CHEF

Hunger

Sat., Oct. 3, 7:00 pm

New

 

Ever since 1999, when Chef Gabrielle Hamilton put canned sardines and Triscuits
on the first menu of her tiny, 30-seat East Village restaurant, Prune, she has
nonchalantly broken countless rules of the food world. Prune has always been an
idiosyncratic restaurant, with no culinary mission other than to serve what
Hamilton likes to eat in an environment in which she wants to eat. Hamilton
won the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef NYC in 2011 and is author of a
best-selling memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter, which garnered a James
Beard Award for Writing and Literature in 2012.

 

Hunger
Explore the many meanings of hunger and how hunger influences Chef Gabrielle as
a person and chef. She demonstrates the way cooks can make the best of what they
have.

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE

Uncovering South Korea

Sat., Oct. 3, 7:30 pm

New

 

On Joseph’s first visit to Korea, he discovers that while the capital city of
Seoul’s modern skyline and prosperity are impressive, it’s Korea’s extraordinary
history, traditions and customs that are the cornerstones of its culture.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET

Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle

Sat., Oct. 3, 8:00 pm

New

 

Enjoy an operatic double bill: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta features Anna
Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle features Nadja
Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

 

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

Vampire Weekend/Grizzly Bear

Sat., Oct. 3, 11:00 pm

Encore

 

ACL presents indie rock with Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear. Vampire Weekend
plays songs from its album Modern Vampires of the City, while fellow New
York act Grizzly Bear highlights its album Shields.

Public Affairs

THE OPEN MIND

Sun., Sept. 27, 6:00 pm

New

 

Hosted by Alexander Heffner, this weekly public affairs program is a thoughtful
excursion into the world of ideas, exploring issues of national and public
concern with the most compelling minds of our times.

 

FRONTLINE

My Brother’s Bomber, Part 1

Tues., Sept. 29, 10:00 pm

New

 

For some 25 years, FRONTLINE producer Ken Dornstein has been haunted by the
bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland – the terrorist act that
killed 270 people, including his older brother David. Now, in this emotional and
suspenseful three-part special, Dornstein sets out to find the men responsible
for one of the worst attacks on Americans before 9/11. From the ruins and chaos of
post-Qaddafi Libya, Dornstein hunts for clues to the identities and whereabouts
of the suspects, whom he tracks for almost five years across the Middle East
and Europe. With each episode, Dornstein encounters new witnesses and unearths
fresh evidence that brings him closer to the truth. Watch this rare, real-life
spy thriller that’s also a timely reflection on the legacy of America’s long
war on terror and a meditation on loss, love, revenge and the nature of
obsession.

 

HIKI NŌ

Thurs., Oct. 1, 7:30 pm

Encore

 

This episode of HIKI NŌ is hosted by Kapaa Middle School on Kauai.

 

Top Story:
Students from Maui Waena Intermediate School on Maui profile Jasmine Doan, a
senior from Seabury Hall who launched two community service projects that
benefit students across the island. The daughter of two entrepreneurs, Jasmine
is following in her parents’ footsteps: She created the Maui Math Circle, a
student-volunteer-based organization that tutors Maui elementary school
students in math and helps them develop a passion for numbers. Jasmine also
launched the TEDx Youth Conference on Maui, a spin-off of the highly popular
speakers’ series on technology, entertainment, and design. She created the
TEDx Youth Conference so that “…middle and high school students from Maui can
share their ideas, their passions, and their stories with the greater community.”

 

Also Featured:
Students from Waiakea High School on Hawaii Island examine the rising number
of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries among high school student-athletes
and show how some are overcoming their injuries; students from Aliamanu Middle
School on Oahu profile Pilialoha Lee Loy, a beloved teacher who has taught at
the school for forty-five years; students from Radford High School on Oahu
illustrate the key first step in learning to drive – getting your Hawaii
driver’s learner permit; students at Hongwanji Mission School on Oahu feature
the close bond between eighth grader Cole Miyamura and his father, Davin
Miyamura, who teaches at the school and has coached his son on twenty-seven
sports teams; and students from Moanalua High School on Oahu file a report on
over-caffeinated teens.

 

This program encores Saturday, September 19 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, September 20
at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII

What Happens to Hawaii Elders Who Don’t Have a Personal Safety Net?

Thurs., Oct. 1, 8:00 pm

New

 

Whether it’s job loss, illness, divorce or other life circumstances, some
islanders find themselves at wit’s end, running out of money in retirement.
What options do they have? And how are Hawaii taxpayers affected? What happens
to Hawaii elders who don’t have a personal safety net?

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show that is also streamed live
on PBSHawaii.org. Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, or
Twitter. You may also email your questions ahead of time to insights@pbshawaii.org or
post them to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PBSHawaii.

 

WASHINGTON WEEK WITH GWEN IFILL

Fri., Oct. 2, 7:30 pm

New

 

For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered one of the most interesting
conversations of the week. Hosted by Gwen Ifill, it is the longest-running
public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating
in roundtable discussion of major news events.

 

CHARLIE ROSE – THE WEEK

Fri., Oct. 2, 8:00 pm

New

 

This weekly series features the iconic TV anchor’s focus on the events and
conversations shaping this week and the week ahead. Drawing on conversations
from his nightly PBS program and new insightful perspectives from around the
world, it captures the defining moments in politics, science, business,
culture, media and sports.

 

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP

Fri., Oct. 2, 8:30 pm

New

 

THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest
political analysts in the nation.

 

SCIENCE & NATURE

 

FIRST PEOPLES

Asia

Sun., Sept. 27, 10:00 pm

Encore

 

See how the mixing of prehistoric human genes led the way for our species to
survive and thrive around the globe. Archaeology, genetics and anthropology
cast new light on 200,000 years of history, detailing how early humans became
dominant.

 

Asia
Discover the ancient humans living across Asia when Homo sapiens arrived. Our
ancestors mated with them and their genes found a home within our DNA. More
than that, they’ve helped us face down extinction.

 

GORONGOSA PARK: REBIRTH OF PARADISE

New Blood/Hidden World

Tues., Sept. 29, 8:00 pm

New

 

Experience the inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of
Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole. Darting lions, wrestling crocs,
facing down angry elephants – it’s all part of a day’s work as he joins the battle
to “re-wild” Mozambique’s legendary national park.

 

New Blood
Bob and the lion team find one of the cubs with a wound and race to save her.
Then, a massive relocation mission is launched to bring back zebra and eland –
Africa’s largest antelope.

 

Hidden Worlds
Rappelling into deep gorges, Bob and a team of scientists discover forests full
of new species and unexplored caves.

 

NATURE

Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons

Wed., Sept. 30, 8:00 pm

New

 

Watch two-toed baby sloth Pelota learn to be independent in Costa Rica, while
in Australia, young kangaroo Harry must be taught to socialize with his mates.
Baby fruit bat Bugsy needs special help when his mother can’t provide milk.

 

E.O. Wilson: of Ants and Men

Wed., Sept. 30, 9:00 pm

New

 

This film chronicles the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist
E.O. Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on
insects and Pulitzer-prize winning writer on the subject of human nature.

 

History

 

JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

Tues., Sept. 29, 11:00 pm

Encore

 

For many, President Lyndon Baines Johnson is chiefly remembered for escalating
the United States military involvement in Vietnam. But 50 years ago, he
engineered two of the most important laws Congress ever passed, the 1964 Civil
Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This special examines how LBJ
transformed America.

 

DIY

 

THE WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP

A Tool Bench for Every Home

Sat., Oct. 3, 2:00 pm

New

 

Using only the hand tools of the pre-industrial era, woodworker Roy Underhill
and his guests prove that there was life before electricity. Whether you think
muscle-powered tools are a thing of the past or a thing of the future, you’ll
reconnect with your own inner craftsperson.

 

A Tool Bench for Every Home
Roy demonstrates how to build a small bench for storing.

 

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE

Sat., Oct. 3, 2:30 pm

Encore

 

Roger teaches Kevin about lengths to consider when mowing the lawn. Richard travels
to Pittsburgh to install a thermostat that interfaces with a smartphone to save
energy and money. Ross Trethewey walks Kevin through the installation of a
photovoltaic solar array on a barn.

 

THIS OLD HOUSE

A Home for Matt & Cat

Sat., Oct. 3, 3:00 pm

Encore

 

Kevin meets HFOT community outreach coordinator Chris Mitchell, who explains why
community involvement is important. More than 150 local volunteers are laying
down the sod, mulching the beds and planting. Closet builder Brian McSharry has
been working with the DeWitts on a special design for the master closet, and
Norm and Kevin work with Matt to design and build a table for the new dining
room. At the end of a long journey, the DeWitts move into their new home.

 

MARTHA BAKES

Never Enough Chocolate

Sat., Oct. 3, 4:00 pm

New

 

Attention chocolate lovers! Learn the techniques needed to prepare two standout
chocolate desserts: a milk-chocolate pistachio tart and a rich flourless
chocolate cake. Chocolatier Jacques Torres stops by to share his expert tips.

 

COOK’S COUNTRY FROM AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN

Pasta for Every Palate

Sat., Oct. 3, 4:30 pm

New

 

Test cook Erin McMurrer shows host Christopher Kimball how to make pork ragu
at home. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to making
perfect pasta with roasted garlic sauce, arugula and walnuts.

 

LIDIA’S KITCHEN

The Oven is On

Sat., Oct. 3, 5:00 pm

New

 

Chef Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace,
confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for
spontaneity and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Filled with tips and
techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table,
Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum
of kitchen wisdom.

 

The Oven is On
There is nothing like a warm oven to make guests feel invited in a kitchen. In
this episode, Lidia shares three of her favorite oven baked dishes: eggplant
and rice Parmigiana; vegetable and meat casserole; and bread pudding with pears.

 

MEXICO: ONE PLATE AT A TIME WITH RICK BAYLESS

Under the Influence (of Tacos)

Sat., Oct. 3, 5:30 pm

Encore

 

Chef Jorge Vallejo’s cooking at his intimate restaurant Quintonil in Mexico City
has long been an inspiration for Rick. But what inspires Jorge? In one word: Tacos.
In this episode, Rick follows Jorge on a taco tour, from the simple vegetable
preparations at Tacos Gus to the super-rich and satisfying suadero-style
tacos at Taqueria Los Cocuyos. Back in Chicago, Rick makes amazing tacos at
home, complete with homemade tortillas.

 

THE MIND OF A CHEF
Rome

 

Ever since 1999, when Chef Gabrielle Hamilton put canned sardines and Triscuits on the first menu of her tiny, 30-seat East Village restaurant, Prune, she has nonchalantly broken countless rules of the food world. Prune has always been an idiosyncratic restaurant, with no culinary mission other than to serve what Hamilton likes to eat in an environment in which she wants to eat. Hamilton won the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef NYC in 2011 and is author of a best-selling memoir, Blood, Bones and Butter, which garnered a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature in 2012.

 

Rome
Venture into this ancient city to see what makes it a culinary hub and one of Chef Gabrielle’s first loves. During her trip, she cooks old favorites and learns some new skills.

 

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
New York Philharmonic Opening Gala with Lang Lang

 

Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang joins Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for the launch of its 2015-16 season and the dedication of the newly named David Geffen Hall. Musical highlights include Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

 

GORONGOSA PARK: REBIRTH OF PARADISE
New Blood / Hidden Worlds

 

Experience the inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole. Darting lions, wrestling crocs, facing down angry elephants – it’s all part of a day’s work as he joins the battle to “re-wild” Mozambique’s legendary national park.

 

New Blood
Bob and the lion team find one of the cubs with a wound and race to save her. Then, a massive relocation mission is launched to bring back zebra and eland – Africa’s largest antelope.

 

Hidden Worlds
Rappelling into deep gorges, Bob and a team of scientists discover forests full of new species and unexplored caves.

 

INDIAN SUMMERS ON MASTERPIECE
Part 1 of 9

 

Julie Walters stars as the glamorous doyenne of an English social club in the twilight era of British rule in India. Set in a subtropical paradise, the series dramatizes the collision of the high-living English ruling class with the local people agitating for Indian independence. As the drama unfolds, the two sides alternately clash and merge in an intricate game of power, politics and passion. Also starring in the lavish production are Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth and Lillete Dubey.

 

Part 1 of 9
The British arrive at their summer headquarters in northern India for a season of parties, romance and trouble – including attempted murder.

 

NATURE
Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons

 

Watch two-toed baby sloth Pelota learn to be independent in Costa Rica, while in Australia, young kangaroo Harry must be taught to socialize with his mates. Baby fruit bat Bugsy needs special help when his mother can’t provide milk.

 

POV
Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

 

This documentary dissects the persecution of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and explores how the Chinese government’s attempts to silence him have backfired and converted him into one of the world’s best known artists and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights.

 

I’LL HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAVING
Tokyo

 

Journey with Phil Rosenthal, creator of the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond, as he learns from chefs, vendors, culinary leaders and style -setters. Rosenthal visits the kitchens on and off the well-worn gastronomic path that keep traditions alive and create new ones.

 

Tokyo
Follow Phil in his search for the most delicious ramen, the sushi of his dreams and anything else that makes Tokyo a global culinary capital. He serves New York egg creams to his guests and dials down with TV host and comedian David Spector.

 

LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX
Lessons on Leadership

 

This special edition revisits conversations with Hawaii’s business and community leaders as they share their thoughts on leadership. Featured are: Maenette Ah Nee-Benham, the late Skippa Diaz, Glenn Furuya, Hokulani Holt, the late Daniel Inouye, Thomas Kaulukukui and Colbert Matsumoto.

 

This program will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 11:00 pm and Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4:00 pm.

 

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Transcript

 

I had my responsibilities as the platoon leader. And we had this code in the regiment; Don’t expect your men to go up if you’re not willing to go up. In the so-called book, the training book, it’s never led by the officer. Patrols go out. Scouts out, or something like that. The leader stays in the back. But in our code, as the boys would say, You go first, buddy.

 

Don’t ask anyone to do something—

 

Yeah.

 

—you’re not willing to do yourself.

 

 

The late Senator Daniel K. Inouye learned the intricacies and demands of leadership on the battlefields of World War II. He took these lessons with him into the world of government and politics, where he became one of the most powerful and influential leaders not only of our state, but of our nation. In this edition of Long Story Short, we will look back at some of our previous Long Story Short guests and their lessons on leadership, including how the nuances of local culture helped to shape their … leadership styles. Lessons on Leadership next, on Long Story Short.

 

Aloha mai kakou, I’m Leslie Wilcox. Master navigator Nainoa Thompson defines leadership as “stepping up….knowing … the right thing to do,,, and making it happen regardless of the consequences.” Doing the right thing can sometimes require an extraordinary amount of conviction, courage, and the ability to inspire others. In this special edition of Long Story Short, we revisit some of the stories and challenges shared by Hawaii … leaders. We begin with Thomas Kaulukukui, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Managing Trustee of the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, who, like Senator Inouye, picked up many of his first lessons in leadership on the battlefield.

 

I went into the Army in 1968.

 

You went to Vietnam?

 

I went to Vietnam for a year, 1969, ’70.

 

What’d you do in Vietnam?

 

I was a platoon sergeant in the paratroopers. Uh, did well in training, because I had the Kamehameha School ROTC background. And I ended up leading a platoon of men in … uh, basically jungle fighters.  Young men, at the time, uh, um, they’re like a pack of wolves. And they will do whatever the pack wants to do, unless there is an alpha wolf that keeps them on track. And um, if you’re not that person, they will get rid of you and get somebody else. So, you know, you really have to learn to step up.

 

Was there any particular event or moment when this all came clear to you, when you had any epiphanies over there?

 

Well, it was clear to me from the beginning. It’s uh, it’s—you know, when you’re with a group like that, it’s really clear. Uh, I’d never been in a fight in my life. I was in three fights in the first month I was there, because the men decided to test me. You have to realize, this is Vietnam War—

 

And you—

 

–and look at the way I look.

 

Uh-huh.

 

You know, I’m not a six-foot uh, uh, fair-skinned, round-eyed person. Uh, I was brought in to lead them, and I was obviously Asian. So I looked more like the enemy, than I did look like them. So it was an interesting experience, because um, I was in three fights with my own men, um, shortly after I got there, because they wanted to test whether or not I was tough enough to lead them.

 

And part of it was your culture?

 

Part of it was what I looked like. Uh, part of it was there was another leader there who they wanted, who had been there a month longer than I was, and they weren’t sure about me. So …

 

So you saw no—you had no—you had to fight. There was no—

 

Gotta fight.

 

–other way to do it?

 

Yeah. Fortunately, I was a black belt in taekwondo by then.

 

Before I got there, so without having to really hurt anybody, I guess they kinda … got some religion and said, Well, I guess he can beat up everybody else, so he’s all right.

 

We were someplace where uh, another unit got in trouble, and they called us and said, You need to go help them. Uh, there’s a battle going on, you need to go help them. And you need to get from Point A to Point B, right now. The trouble was, to go from Point A to Point B, you had to go between two hills. General rule, bad idea to go between two hills, because if the enemy is up on both hills, they’re gonna ambush you, and you’re gonna—you’re never gonna get there, you’re gonna be dead. So I called my squad leaders together. I ran a platoon of about thirty-five men. And I said, We have to go from Point A to Point B. They looked at the map, they said, We can’t go through there. I said, We don’t have a choice, because if we don’t go through there, by the time we take an alternative ro—route, our … people will be dead. So I gave an order. All the people kinda sat around, and they looked at me when they figured out where we were going. And they said, We’re not going. Now, think about the magnitude of that problem. Battle commander, give an order, people won’t go. Okay. Squad leaders, gave an order, they wouldn’t go. I tried to exhort them to move, they wouldn’t move, because … you know, the consequences were deadly. Uh, so finally, at that point, I got my radio telephone operator, made him saddle up, put on his backpack. I put my mine on. I said to everybody else, If you’re afraid, I’ll go save them myself; will fight this battle by myself. But you better hope I get killed, because if I’m not, I’m gonna come back and fix this. Off I went. Took the longest, slowest, smallest ten steps of my life down the trail waiting for—to hear if anybody else got up. And—and—and fortunately, I started hearing people getting up. They got up, and … they followed me, and off we went, and we—we made—we made it all right. Difficult experience, um … I’m not sure what would have happened if they didn’t follow. But one of the things I learned from that is, you gotta lead in front; can’t just tell people to go, especially if it’s difficult. You gotta be willing to pick up your rifle, put on your pack, and lead in front.

 

And be willing to go it alone.

 

And be willing to go it alone, if you have to.

 

So do you have a, you know, 25-word nutshell definition of leadership?

 

I have a … three-word definition, a three, word definition of leadership. My definition is that leadership is influence; nothing more and nothing less. If you have influence, and can influence, people and their thoughts, and emotions, and, actions, then you have leadership ability. That says nothing about your morality, because Hitler had leadership ability. But in—in a very … condensed, sense, I think leadership is influence. And—and learning to, influence in a positive way people’s thoughts, and emotions, and actions, were what—are the core of leadership, I think.

 

A wartime battlefield can shape leaders. So can growing up in a rural environment, where shared values help to create community well-being…. Colbert Matsumoto, born and raised on the Island of Lanai, is the Chairman of Island Insurance Companies. He also is a community leader in Honolulu, serving on … nonprofit boards in addition to corporate boards. Glenn Furuya, President and Chairman of Leadership Works, a leadership-training company he started more than 30 years ago, grew up in Hilo, on Hawaii Island. At the heart of the leadership style of each of these men is their understanding of local culture, and how being an effective leader in Hawaii can be very different from anywhere else.

 

Being local is not about where you were born. You know, it’s really about the kind of values, you embrace and the kind of philosophy that you use to guide your life, and the decisions you make in your life. So, there are many local people that you know, who were born and raised here that, you know, I don’t think espouse local values. You know. But on the other hand, there are many people that have moved here that clearly you know, the things that make, I think, Hawaii special resonated with them, which is why they chose to, come here and live here, and stay here.

 

This whole idea of local culture and what works; it used to be that certain positions in Hawaii guaranteed authority and respect. But that’s less and less true now; isn’t it?

 

Uh, yeah, I think that’s, definitely the case. You know, I think that you know, when I grew up which was when, you know, I think in the 60s, the plantations were still uh, very influential … forces in shaping our—our—our community. And there tended to be, you know, informal, leaders within those communities that people looked up to provide leadership. So in like the time that I grew up in, well, the principal of the school was, considered a very important figure. Some of the union leaders were considered important figures. Some of the, plantation bosses were also—

 

M-hm.

 

— looked up to as being, you know, important, community leaders. And so, um, people gravitated to them, and as they would in turn communicate, different, you know, projects or, concerns, you know, people would rally around them. And so, I think that those days have passed. I think that it’s harder to get people to align behind uh, different initiatives. In my experience, you know, run across, two different kinds of leadership. One—one is, implied leadership; leadership that is the result of the position that you hold. And most people fall into the category of having power because of, you know, the implied authority associated with them.   Whereas, you know, there are other people that, you know, have I think real power; a power that, you know, it generates from, they are able to assert themselves and the kind of vision and their ability to art—articulate concepts and ideas in a way that makes people feel like it resonates with them.

 

Definitely, you know, leadership requires a level of trust and confidence. It all starts from that. And if you don’t have the ability to engender the trust of the people that you’re trying to reach, you cannot lead them, you cannot convince them to move in any particular direction. That’s why, you know, great leaders have a certain special ability to engender that kinda trust.

 

You know, you have to be able to stick your neck out, because that’s how, you know, you progress. And, so asserting leadership involves taking risk, being willing to stand apart from the pack. And that takes a level of courage.

 

And so, you know, those kinds of leaders are fewer and harder to come by. But—but those are the kinds of leaders that I think exercise real, ability to move people, to affect change. And I don’t know why. I mean, it just seems that I don’t find as many of those kinds of people around as I think used to exist in the past.

 

I really do believe that the upbringing in Hilo— one thing it does is, you know, you’re humble. You you grew up humble.

 

Do you think humility … we prize humility—

 

M-hm, m-hm.

 

–in the Hawaiian culture—

 

M-hm, m-hm.

 

as well. But humility is seen as a weakness, other places.

 

Yes, it is. It’s viewed in many Western cultures as a weakness. But to me, I think that’s strength, when I can stand in front of my group and say, You know what, guys? I’m really sorry; I messed up, forgive me. You know, and just lay it out there. What’s the—what’s the alternative? What, blame people? Make excuses?

 

I do a lot of work on island style leadership, because I do believe it is a distinct and unique form of leadership. There’s this thing I call the same-same equilibrium; the same-same equilibrium. And it roots back to ahupuaa, where it was—society was an egalitarian society, where everybody in the society had a role, and everybody did their part. But all of the contributors within that society were viewed as equal, so everybody same-same.

 

M-hm.

 

Right? Okay. So, here’s the deal. Centuries later, the same-same essence mentality still is—is embedded in all of us. You’ve got to stay in this equilibrium, same-same. Everybody same-same, everybody does equal in their contribution. What’s very interesting is, whenever you break same-same, okay, and you think you’re—you act as if you’re better, right—‘cause if everybody’s same-same, then nobody’s more important or better than anybody else; right? But the minute you break it—and this is where a lot of times people who come from away, good people, they don’t understand this equilibrium. They break it. As soon as you get to this I’m better than you mentality, through your tone of voice, through your being too direct, not listening—

 

M-hm.

 

–showing everybody how smart you, the immediate response always is, Who the heck does he thinks he is? Who the heck does he think is? Immediate response.

 

Right.

 

And once that response comes out, you can’t lead in Hawaii. Who the heck you think you are? And they don’t tell it to you in your face. It’s—Hawaii is—

 

They just turn away.

 

I always say—

 

Right?

 

–to my leaders that I work with, Hawaii is the world capitol of passive aggressive behavior.

 

I do a lot of work with mainlanders coming down, to try to help them understand some of these little nuances of this place. Do not break the same-same equilibrium. Because as soon as those words come out, that question pops, it’s really hard to recover. The other thing with island people; they don’t—they don’t forgive. They—they take forever to let go.

 

The way I teach it is this. There are two types of leaders, Leslie. There’s circular leaders. These are people are who are very collaborative, they’re relationship-oriented, they’re kind, they—they really engage people.

 

M-hm.

 

Circular. Island people are generally more circular.

 

M-hm.

 

Okay. And that’s because in Hawaii, we’re a three-way blend of cultures. We are influenced heavily by Eastern culture, ‘cause in the 1940s, forty percent of the population of Hawaii was Japanese. So, heavy bushido code influence here.

 

The one element of the—the bushido code is this; you always operate from a sense of imperfection. You always come from a state of dissatisfaction. ‘Cause—

 

Oh, I didn’t know that.

 

Yeah. So, if you’re always dissatisfied, and you’re kinda imperfect, you always gotta work harder. You gotta try harder, you gotta study harder, you gotta go to school, you gotta learn. I never got praised by my parents; they never, ever praised, said, Good job, Glenn, won—you did a wonderful job. Nothing. And I think, bushido. They didn’t want me to get all big-headed and arrogant, and thinking I’m better than anybody else; right?

 

Right.

 

So, they kept—they kept it really, really restrained, the praise and things like that.

 

M-hm.

 

And yet, we’re all Americans; that’s the Western influence. We’re all Western educated folk. But at the same time, the host culture here is Hawaiian.

 

M-hm.

 

We have a major Polynesian influence. And there’s no place in the world these three forces come together like it does here in Hawaii. So, the Polynesian and the Eastern, Asian, right, give us the circular. We understand circular; that’s why people are so collaborative and warm, and aloha spirit, and ohana. Western culture is much more linear. You know, there’s the goal, here’s the plan, now do it. Now, move—

 

And if you have to run over somebody—

 

Yeah.

 

–to get there—

 

Right.

 

–it’s okay.

 

Right.

 

‘Cause that’s the goal.

 

Right, and there are a lot of island people who are just very linear, too. The biggest mistake you can make in Hawaii is take your linear approach, and slam it on the circular. Right? And then, that equilibrium gets broken. Who the heck does he think he is?

 

You’ve gotta be both. Circular, collaboration, involvement, build a relationship. But at the point of execution, we all gotta go linear; we’ve gotta get the job done.

 

I’ve always believed, Leslie, that whenever you impose things on people, when you just shove it in, you’ll get compliance. They’re gonna do it, because I’m afraid if I don’t do it, they’re gonna scold me or fire me, whatever. When you inspire people bottom-up—

 

M-hm.

 

–you get commitment. That’s real leadership.

 

Teachers are among our most important leaders. They have the power to influence and shape the minds of young people who will … become the next generation of leaders. Kumu hula Hokulani Holt, who is also the Cultural Programs Director of the Maui Arts and Culture Center, and Dr. Maenette Ah Nee Benham, Dean of Hawaiinuiakea at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Hawaiian Knowledge, are two such leaders. Their career paths are based on kuleana, the responsibilities handed down to them from their families and ancestors….

 

Hula has always been in our ohana. My grandmother was a kumu hula, she had seven daughters. Of her seven daughters, three became kumu hula. And of her granddaughters, first just me, and now my sister. And then of her great-granddaughters, my cousin Melia.

 

When did you decide you’re gonna be a kumu? Or—

 

Oh, I didn’t.

 

–did you decide?

 

I didn’t.

 

I guess that’s nothing you decide on your own, right, in the hula world?

 

Yeah, yeah; I didn’t decide. My mother decided for me.

 

She said, Well, I think it’s time for you to—to begin teaching. And I went, no, that—that belongs to other people, that doesn’t belong to me. And she said, No, I talked to your auntie, and I think it’s time for you to begin teaching. So I went kicking and screaming, but I went.

 

What kind of a kumu were you and are you?

 

I believe that I’m—I’m pretty strict. I hope to instill in my students a love for hula, but also a love for this place that we call home, and for all the many generations of people that came before us that created the—the chants and the songs, and the movements that we use. What a kumu hula is, is we want things our own way. And we demand that.

 

It is your world.

 

It is my world. I always tell my students, This is the world according to Hoku within these four walls.

 

And as a kumu hula, you get very involved in other people’s families.

 

Oh, yeah.

 

They become your family.

 

Oh, yeah.

 

So you’re privy to a lot of the struggles that—

 

Yes.

 

–people go through.

 

Yes. You know, you get parents coming and saying, You know, my daughter’s not paying attention to school, Kumu can you please talk to her? Or, you know, someone’s marriage or passing; you get involved in your students’ lives, and it’s a good thing.

 

Halau provides, focus, it—it really gets you to appreciate every little thing, I believe. And halau is not only learning hula, but it also teaches you about yourself. How to push yourself a little bit more, how to think about the welfare of others within the halau, and then that translates to others outside of halau, how to practice or do Hawaiian values, because that’s what you must have in halau as well, how to get past pain and tired, and late hours for a goal that you would like to reach. So those are all life lessons also.

 

So you were possessed at an early age of a conviction you wanted to lead.

 

M-hm.

 

Why?

 

Because I was always told that I would. I was always told. My grandmothers— both my Grandma Ah Nee and my Grandma Padeken explained to me when I was very young about my name, Kape‘ahiokalani. And it is a name of—of one of my great-great aunts, who was a chanter in King Kalakaua’s court. And basically, what they said to me was that because I held this name, I had the responsibility of—of remembering the moolelo of our family, and I had the responsibility of contributing to … the health and wellbeing of my family. That was it. That’s what they told me. And … you know, I said, Okay. Because that’s what you do. Your kupuna tell you that, and you say, Okay, so what do I need to do?

 

And there are all kinds of ways to accomplish that too.

 

Yeah, there’s all kinds of ways to do that. And I just found this to be my journey, you know, in educational leadership. I just found that to be what really gets me excited, um, what really inspires me is—and it all started because um, in fifth grade at Koko Head Elementary School, Mrs. Kwon made me do flannel board stories for the kindergartners. And I loved it. I loved just telling stories, creating stories and telling them to young kids, and watching the light bulbs go off. So my first job was as a kindergarten teacher. What a great job, you know, where you get unconditional love every single day.

 

And I know you’ve said you always want to be a teacher.

 

I always—

 

No matter what else you do, or how you do it, you want to be a teacher.

 

Yeah. Always; always. And that came from the stories and teachers over the years. You know, and good leaders are great teachers.

 

The genius of leadership is living into grace. And it’s—it’s that—that idea of creating a space where people can feel really safe, even though you say the worst things. I want you to feel safe here, I just want you to feel safe. And no matter what you have to say, no matter how angry you are, go ahead, go and do that. And when you’re pau, let’s get to work. You know, cause otherwise, we’re not gonna get it done, we’re not gonna—we’re just not gonna do it. And that’s how I—that’s how I lead. You know. And I try really hard to listen; listen, listen, listen. And as I listen, you know, I try to move it back to the core issue, as you said. Ask more questions about how that has to do with the issue, keep moving it, moving it, moving it.

 

But sometimes, there is no consensus.

 

And sometimes there’s not.

 

And then you have to figure out—somebody has to call it.

 

Yes.

 

This is not gonna be solved this way.

 

Yeah. And I do that. I do that too. You can ask the people who work for me. You know, it’s very open, we’re safe, we’re gonna talk about it, and this is how—this is the road we’re gonna take. I’m not afraid to do that. No; I’m not afraid to do that. It’s—it’s nice to know— I want people to know that everybody has a voice. You know, everyone has a voice. It’s a labor-intensive process, but everybody has a voice. And in the end, you know, there will be – everybody will know that there will be uh, a direction we’re gonna go. You know, and move on.

 

Because people want closure. I mean—

 

Yeah.

 

You can’t talk everything to death.

 

Yeah. In a microcosm, yeah, you know, we have a lot of diverse perspectives, but across the United States, across the globe, you know, there isn’t one way to do anything. But I do think that we’re reaching a time where there—there are more young people and young leaders who are seeing the promise and the potential of bringing together different groups, and really talking about hard issues, of renewable resources, about food safety, about education and wellbeing that’s very issue-oriented. And doing it in a way that is grounded in our religion, our stories. I think we’re ready at that point to do that, and I—I think that’s—that’s our work at the University to help prepare, you know, my community leaders to be able to do that.

 

I learned that, you know, you do good work. You have good intentions, you know. Doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter how much I can tell you about what I wrote, or what I studied, or what whatever, right? What matters is that I have good intentions, and I work really hard, and I try to be fair in everything that I do. And I try to be kind, you know. And I—and I lead in grace, developing a space where people can feel grace and welcome, you know. And then, we’ll move forward. Ohana does not always mean that we are of the same blood, ohana means that we can agree on a set of principles and a mission for the work that we’re doing, and we’re gonna be innovative and entrepreneurial, and we’re gonna work together really hard to get there. That’s ohana.

 

Humility, trust, listening, fairness, influence… all important qualities that Hawaii’s leaders say are critical to good leadership. These are values that we can use in our own lives, whether it is how we act with our families, in our jobs or how we conduct ourselves in the broader community. Our closing words of wisdom will be from the late Skippa Dias, legendary football coach at Farrington High School in Honolulu.

 

Mahalo to our Long Story Guests who have shared their stories and insights with us, and mahalo to you for joining us. For PBS Hawaii and Long Story Short, I’m Leslie Wilcox. Aloha a hui hou.

 

I developed um, an acronym. And the acronym was spelled out HEART, H-E-A-R-T. And—and each letter represented a basic tenet and belief that … you want the other person to acquire and mind for the young kinds. And the word HEART, the five five words are H refer to humility, the ability to … you know, to … listen to another person and … bite your tongue if—if he’s saying something that’s different than what you want. But being humble is a quality that is really, really … sought after for a lot of people, but never acquire. But humility is a good one. E, education. That one was very, very significant in my family’s upbringing. A, attitude; a positive attitude, making sure that, you know, whatever the goal, whatever the project, you set yourself out to be positive and g—and get the darn thing done. R, responsibility. You gotta be responsible for all the things that you do, and sometimes for the things that your friends and your loved ones are doing. But being responsible in that manner has—has some beautiful connotations that—that grow from it. And then T, of course, stands for team.

 

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