Danai Gurira

BREAKING BIG: Danai Gurira


See how Tony Award-nominated writer Gurira made the leap from storyteller to Hollywood star. The Zimbabwe native yearned to bring African faces and voices to Broadway through her plays, but ended up starring in the mega-hit film Black Panther.






Who Am I?


Explore the ways that America’s best-loved novels answer the age-old question, “Who am I?” From life lessons to spiritual journeys, these books help us understand our own identities and find our place in the world.



Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth


Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer-activist Alice Walker was born into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia in 1944. She came of age during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Gloria Steinem and Walker herself.


E.O. Wilson:
of Ants and Men


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.


HIKI NŌ: What I Learned

PBS Hawai‘i - HIKI NŌ: What I Learned


HIKI NŌ (which is the Hawaiian phrase for “Can Do”) is a PBS Hawai‘i Learning Initiative that mentors middle and high schoolers from public, charter, and private schools throughout the state of Hawai‘i as they create PBS-quality video stories about themselves and their communities. Stories that meet PBS standards are compiled into a weekly half-hour program that airs statewide on PBS Hawai‘i and worldwide on pbshawaii.org


Through the rigorous, trial-and-error process of creating a story that meets PBS standards, students learn the following survival skills for the 21st century: critical thinking and problem-solving; collaboration across networks and leading by influence; agility and adaptability; initiative and entrepreneurialism; effective oral and written communication; accessing and analyzing information; curiosity and imagination.


The completed HIKI NŌ stories show only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to revealing the students’ overall learning experience. To help illuminate the process, PBS Hawai‘i has produced short, “What I Learned” mini-docs about what students experienced during the production of selected HIKI NŌ stories. To view these “What I Learned” mini-docs and their corresponding HIKI NŌ stories, click on the school names below.


PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 708 | What I Learned | Sacred Hearts Academy

What I Learned: Sacred Hearts Academy

Interview Transcript



PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 708 | What I Learned | Waianae Intermediate School

What I Learned: Waianae Intermediate School

Interview Transcript



PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 709 | What I Learned | Kalani High School

What I Learned: Kalani High School

Interview Transcript



PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 710 | What I Learned | Waianae High School

What I Learned: Waianae High School

Interview Transcript



PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 711 | What I Learned | Saint Francis School

What I Learned: Saint Francis School

Interview Transcript



PBS Hawaii - HIKI NŌ Episode 712 | What I Learned | Aliamanu Middle School

What I Learned: Aliamanu Middle School

Interview Transcript


To see our full “What I Learned” series playlist, click here.


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.