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“Just Keep Swimming … Just Keep Swimming.”

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO

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.

I wish I could have a moment in person with each of our viewers and supporters in this island state and let you know that I’m thinking of you and wishing you well.

Because these are strange days.

Time feels warped – too long or too short.

Familiar grocery stores feel alien.

“Safety first” means don’t let friends get close enough to hug you – for their sake and for yours. “Visiting” may mean peering at a blurred face on a Zoom screen.

We’re going through this pandemic alone – and together. Personal meaning and human connection are more important than ever.

I believe we’ll make it through this harrowing season of health threats and financial harm, by supporting each other with aloha and grit.

Your PBS Hawaiʻi team is getting ready to launch a wisdom series with Islanders who know how to weather tough times. Their past struggles strengthened them and gave them battle-hardened confidence.

While Hawaiʻi is still in deep waters swimming to the shoreline, please know this: You make a difference to me. You make a difference to PBS Hawaiʻi and the larger community.

Thank you for being who you are.

It’s a pleasure and an honor for this public media organization to share with you mind-nourishing and heart-filling stories, diverse voices, timely and trustworthy information, and educational resources.

Our state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa, is wise to heed the words of Dory the Pacific blue tang in the movie Finding Nemo.

Our state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua‘a, is wise to heed the words of Dory the Pacific blue tang in the movie Finding Nemo.


We’re rooting for you and yours, and we look forward to hearing from you with your aloha and grit and sustained support.

By all means, let’s keep swimming.

Aloha nui,

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