Month: November 2015

Downton Abbey fans meet Alastair Bruce in Waikiki

Over 100 lucky Downton Abbey fans and PBS Hawai‘i supporters gathered for afternoon tea at the Halekulani to meet and learn from Alastair Bruce, the historical advisor behind the hit Masterpiece series.


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Enjoy some photos of the event below!


Sean Na‘auao & Friends

Sean Na‘auao & Friends perform on Na Mele


Air date: Mon., Feb. 1, 7:30 pm


In this vintage performance, Sean Na’auao is joined by good friends Joe Uahinui on guitar and vocals, Jack Ofoia on bass and vocals and Bobo Butries on percussion. Keola and Kapua Dalire, daughters of the late kumu hula Aloha Dalire, and Na’auao’s sisters-in-law, provide hula artistry.



Art of Solo Ukulele

NA MELE Art of Solo Ukulele


PBS Hawaii is proud to present an encore of a special vintage NA MELE from 2000, featuring ukulele maestros Byron Yasui, Benny Chong, Gordon Mark, Blane Kanno and Jake Shimabukuro.


Starlight Ballroom


Return to the glorious days of legendary orchestras, bandleaders and singers that ruled America’s radio waves and dance halls, bringing joy and escape during the days the country went to war and through the era of victory that followed. Featuring Perry Como, Doris Day, Dinah Shore, Tex Beneke, Peggy Lee, The Mills Brothers, Count Basie and more.


Hawaii Jazz All-Stars

NA MELE Hawaii Jazz All-Stars


NA MELE swings with an encore of a classic special jazz salute to Hawaiian music, featuring Sam Ahia on guitar and vocals, Rich Crandall on piano, Sango Muyiwa on percussion, Noel Okimoto on vibes and Byron Yasui on upright bass.


Foyle’s War Revisited


Enjoy favorite moments from Foyle’s War in a behind-the-scenes special celebrating a series that has captivated loyal fans for over twelve years. Learn about the creation of the series, the decision to set it during World War II, the research that goes into each episode and the casting of Michael Kitchen as DCS Foyle.


Richard Hoopii; Led Kaapana; Bobby Ingano; Chris Kamaka; Ululani Hoopii

NA MELE: Richard Hoopii, Led Kaapana, Bobby Ingano, Chris Kamaka and Ululani Hoopii


Air date: Mon., Dec. 14, 7:30 pm


An encore presentation of this classic homage to the unique Hawaiian tradition of male falsetto singing, recorded at the PBS Hawaii studios.


Jackie Evancho
Awakening: Live in Concert

Jackie Evancho


Air date: Mon., Nov. 30, 9:30 pm


The angelic Jackie Evancho presents songs from her album, Awakening. Drawn from the best-known pieces from the classical canon, along with uplifting sacred music, Broadway tunes and pop songs, Jackie’s astoundingly beautiful young voice soars in the magnificent setting of Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre, nestled among more than 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands and meadows in Brandywine Creek Valley in Pennsylvania, the singer’s home state. Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson joins Jackie on a number of duets, including “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera. Other songs include: “The Rains of Castamere” (theme from Game of Thrones), “Nessun Dorma,” and “With or Without You.”


Prickly Business


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.


Prickly Business
Vivian’s mentor, Scott Barton, stops by the restaurant and shares the story of the African roots of okra. Vivian learns that picking okra can be a prickly business.


Erica Jong: Fear of Dying

WELL READ - Erica Jong: Fear of Dying


Air date: Thurs., Dec. 3, 11:00 pm


This series features lively, engaging conversations about ideas in literature. Host Terry Tazioli introduces the latest books – both fiction and non-fiction – and interviews noted authors about the themes in their latest works.


Erica Jong: Fear of Dying
Erica Jong, award-winning poet, novelist, non-fiction writer, discusses her latest work, Fear of Dying.


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