At year-end, I need to bid you aloha a hui hou. And this time my familiar farewell won’t mean a short-term parting. This lifelong Islander is leaving Hawai‘i in the New Year for San Antonio, Texas, to spend time with a family member facing a health challenge.
Despite the worries and strains in public education during the ongoing pandemic, teachers’ attendance and engagement were strong at last month’s statewide HIKI NŌ conference. It was the 11th such event for HIKI NŌ teachers – and the very first virtual one.
With the support of Kamehameha Schools, we’re looking to tap into the power of aloha&grit for the Islands. This month, the voices of four mana wāhine (women of strength) will be heard on local media outlets, sharing a glistening pearl of wisdom as Hawai‘i trudges through these long months of the pandemic.
One of the many things that drew me to public broadcasting was its commitment to universal access to education. In a time of increasing income disparity, this tenet is more timely than ever. Long before COVID-19 shut down schools, PBS Hawai‘i has routinely served rural and other under-resourced communities that lack digital access (Wi-Fi).
Do you remember the words of the signature song of Dory the fish in the animated movie Finding Nemo? “Just keep swimming … Just keep swimming.” A children’s song that wasn’t childish, it was about gaining and growing one’s focus, keeping the faith and pressing on.
You may notice that this monthly program guide is skinnier than it was last month, as if it went on a crash diet. There was indeed a crash of sorts, one that all of us are dealing with in one way or another: the economic fall-out from COVID-19.
We’re all still absorbing the many ways that life has changed since COVID-19 broke into our vocabulary as a double-whammy threat to personal health and the economy. Here’s just one way: The fast-changing seating configurations on our live editions of INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I.
PBS National President and CEO Paula Kerger arrived from Washington DC on a windy, drizzly afternoon, and she departed days later, with word of the passing of retired PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer.
Over the course of 13 years as CEO of PBS Hawaiʻi, I’ve had ample opportunity to experience something very delightful about our viewers: Many of them are every bit as compelling in communicating as our professional storytellers. Good storytellers know their audience. They know how to connect with emotion and imagination.
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