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NA MELE
‘Ale‘a

NA MELE 'Ale'a

 

An encore presentation of a performance from the PBS Hawai‘i studios in Manoa by this multi-Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning group comprised of Kale Hannahs, Ryan Gonzalez and Chad Takatsugi. They combine sweet harmonies with tight instrumentals to produce enchanting traditional Hawaiian music reminiscent of years gone by.

 

BARE FEET WITH MICKELA MALLOZZI
Montreal Then & Now – Montreal, Canada

 

Join dancer and host Mickela Mallozzi on adventures that explore the traditional side of culture and community through celebration and artistic expression. A classically trained dancer who teaches regularly at The Ailey Extension in New York City, Mickela is inspired by folk dances from around the globe.

 

Montreal Then & Now – Montreal, Canada
Montreal’s European history is found in its traditional dances from France, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Mickela gets a taste of this Old World feel at La Grande Rencontre Festival, while also experiencing the artistic modernity of this city.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

 

This program explores the contributions to Broadway musicals by Jewish artists, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

 

NA MELE
Kawika Kahiapo

 

Slack key musician and singer-songwriter Kawika Kahiapo is a longtime member of the PBS Hawai‘i ‘ohana. In 2008, he wrote the theme song for our “PBS Hawai‘i and You” campaign. He then served on our Board of Directors for six years, from 2009 through 2015.

 

Kahiapo makes his NA MELE debut, performing music inspired by his lifelong home, Windward O‘ahu. “When I lived in Lā‘ie, driving up and down the coast every day, coming to and from work and from gigs, I was just inspired by the natural beauty,” Kahiapo says in the program. “I wanted to celebrate that.” Song selections include “Nani Wale Kualoa,” “Kaulana Makapu‘u” and “‘O ‘Oe ‘Io.” Kahiapo’s wife Laurie and daughter ‘Ālana accompany him with hula during several songs.

 

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at this production of Na Mele:

 

Donʻt Miss Kawikaʻs Na Mele Digital Short.

 



BARE FEET WITH MICKELA MALLOZZI
Waltzing in Vienna, Austria

BARE FEET WITH MICKELA MALLOZZI: Waltzing in Vienna, Austria

 

The world-renowned ball season in Vienna, Austria emulates the ostentatious lifestyle of the 18th & 19th century imperial family, the House of Habsburg, with its traditional Viennese waltzes. Mickela dons a gown in celebration while also learning the knee-slapping traditions of Schuhplattler in the hills of Steiermark!

 

NA MELE
Haunani Apoliona and Kuʻuipo Kumukahi

NA MELE: Haunani Apoliona and Kuʻuipo Kumukahi

 

Multiple Hoku Hanohano Award-winners Haunani Apoliona and Ku’uipo Kumukahi present classic Hawaiian songs in both solo and duet performances.

 

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific

 

Directed by Sam Low and Boyd Estus, this documentary explores the heritage of Polynesian wayfinding, and how indigenous Pacific societies sustained their navigational practices and practitioners. The film features Mau Piailug, who was at that point the last known navigator to be ceremonially initiated on Satawal, an atoll in Micronesia’s remote Caroline Islands.

 



BARE FEET WITH MICKELA MALLOZZI
Hogmanay in Scotland – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Join dancer and host Mickela Mallozzi on adventures that explore the traditional side of culture and community through celebration and artistic expression. A classically trained dancer who teaches regularly at The Ailey Extension in New York City, Mickela is inspired by folk dances from around the globe.

 

Hogmanay in Scotland – Edinburgh, Scotland
Mickela heads to Edinburgh, Scotland to celebrate Hogmanay, the world’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration. While there, she explores Scotland’s traditional dances of ceilidh, Highland dance and step dance.

 

NA MELE
Jerry Byrd & Friends

NA MELE Jerry Byrd & Friends

 

NA MELE presents a special encore of the smooth sounds of the late master steel guitarist Jerry Byrd. Byrd was joined for this nostalgic journey by four master musicians in their own right: Hiram Olsen Jr. on guitar and vocals; Dennis Keohokalole on ukulele and vocals; Gary Aiko on upright bass and vocals; and the late Ned Ka’apana on guitar and vocals.

 

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
Voyage of the Hōkūle‘a

 

Witness Hōkūle‘a’s inaugural 1976 journey from Hawai‘i to Tahiti, the preparations leading up to it, and the behind-the-scenes turmoil that threatened to derail the voyage. Rifts are seen among leadership, between leadership and the crew, and among crewmembers. The film by Dale Bell was co-produced by the National Geographic Society and WQED Pittsburgh.

 

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