May 24 – May 30, 2015

Arts, Drama, Culture


The 2015 National Memorial Day Concert

Sun., May 24, 7:00 pm, with encore at 8:30 pm



Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 26th broadcast of this night of
remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in
uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives
for our country. The concert airs from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and -our
troops around the world via American Forces Network. The all-star line-up
includes: Grammy Award-winning music legend Gloria Estefan; “The Voice” 2014
winner Tessanne Chin; Emmy Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne; Tony Award-
winning actress and singer Laura Benanti; actor/producer/director Esai Morales;
distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell, US Army (Ret.); and the National
Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Jack Everly.




Sun., May 24, 10:00 pm



Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated
as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the
art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable wealth,
social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this audience
pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history and
cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind
controversial works of art.



The team faces a daunting challenge as they search for lost masterpieces in
Britain’s public art collections. More than 100,000 oil paintings have been
photographed and posted online as part of the Your Paintings initiative –
17,000 of them listed as “artist unknown.” Philip and his colleague Bendor
Grosvenor believe they’ve identified several missing works by artist Thomas
Gainsborough. Can they prove it?


Art of Solo Ukulele

Mon., May 25, 7:30 pm



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.



Charleston, WV, Part 3 of 3

Mon., May 25, 8:00 pm



Part 3 of 3 in Charleston, West Virginia, features standout appraisals that include:
a Newcomb College vase, ca. 1905, in need of a good cleaning; an 1875 W.S.
Young landscape oil of the Greenbrier River in West Virginia; and a collection
of Noel Coward “Sail Away” memorabilia gifted by Coward himself. Watch to find
out which item is valued at $35,000 to $37,000! Also, Host Mark L. Walberg and
appraiser Rafael Eledge head to the Rosanna A. Blake Library of Confederate
History at Marshall University to look at Civil War cigarette booklets.


The Homefront

Mon., May 25, 9:00 pm



View intimate portraits of America’s military families, with unprecedented access to
soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women. More than two million men and
women serve in America’s all-volunteer military force, and another three
million are their husbands, wives, sons and daughters. Yet over the course of
two long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the stories and the service of these
military families have often been overlooked. The program creates a series of
intimate portraits – following families through the difficulties of deployment,
the joys of homecoming, and the challenges of reintegrating as a family after
many months apart. This revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism,
sacrifice and resilience.


The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family

Mon., May 25, 11:00 pm



Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding
achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans
and military families. Among those scheduled to appear are Nick Jonas, Jerry
Lewis and Arturo Sandoval.


Frank Padgett

Tues., May 26, 7:30 pm



Frank Padgett’s B-24 bomber was shot down over Indochina in World War II.
Held prisoner by the Japanese, he was subjected to torture by one of the more
abusive arms of the Japanese forces. Padgett survived torture, disease and what
was then known as “shell shock,” eventually became a lawyer in Hawaii, and was
later appointed to the Hawaii Supreme Court.


This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed.,
May 27 at 11:00 pm and Sun., May 31 at 4:00 pm.


Soul of a Banquet

Tues., May 26, 11:00 pm



Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of
Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food.
Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in
San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film
is equal parts delectable showcase of gastronomy and touching portrait of
Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution
to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. Featuring
interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Chiang herself.



Cracklin’ Kitchen

Wed., May 27, 7:30 pm



A Chef’s Life is a documentary and cooking series that takes viewers inside
the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, returned home
to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town 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.


Cracklin’ Kitchen

Vivian goes about christening the restaurant’s new “whole animal, no waste”
program with two pigs from Warren Brothers’ farm. She uses everything – including
the skin – and, on her father’s recommendation, demonstrates how to make sweet
potatoes with cracklins.


Even Though the Whole World Is Burning

Thurs., May 28, 9:00 pm



Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists,
including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings,
however, but also the singular form of environmental activism and land
stewardship he embodies. Now in his 87th year, Merwin has dedicated over three
decades to preserving and regenerating native plants and palms on a 19-acre
site on the north shore of Maui. The preserve, called the Merwin Conservancy,
with over 800 species, holds the most comprehensive private collection of palms
in the world. These tangible actions for the environment go hand-in-hand with his
poetry, offering important insights for an era marked by environmental
degradation, human disconnect with natural processes and rapid climate change.
The film is an intimate portrait of a vibrant, humorous and challenging man who
is often called a “national treasure.”


Tree Safari: The Koa Connection

Thurs., May 28, 10:30 pm



Acclaimed sculptor Brad Sells teases fine art from rough timber. This program
traces the arc of Sells’ artistic process as he travels to the Big Island of Hawaii
in his search for koa wood, revered for its density, luster, tone and color.



Part 2 of 2

Thurs., May 28, 11:00 pm



American travelers Chris and Sarah pick vegetables on a farm outside of
Changchun and have them cooked in a Manchurian style “hotpot” dish. In Harbin,
they discover a wildlife reserve for Siberian tigers on Sun Island along the
city’s Songhua River.



Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert

Fri., May 29, 9:00 pm



This wide-ranging, one-night-only event celebrates the start of BSO music director
Andris Nelsons’ tenure as the 15th music director of the orchestra and features
two of the conductor’s close colleagues – the acclaimed Latvian soprano
Kristine Opolais and the internationally acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Each sings selections from the Wagnerian and Italian verismo
repertoires, then join forces for a powerful duet from Puccini’s Manon
. The concert opens with Wagner’s Tannhäuser overture – the
work that first inspired a five-year-old Nelsons to a life in music – and
closes with Respighi’s spectacular orchestral showcase, Pines of Rome.


The 2015 National Geographic Bee

Fri., May 29, 11:00 pm



Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National
Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The
contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools
with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining
and challenging competition.


Hawaii’s State Geographic Bee winner vies for the Bee crown and the top prize of
a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic



New England

Sat., May 30, 7:00 pm



VICTORY GARDEN’s edibleFEAST takes viewers on a journey across America, traveling
from garden to sea, mountains to fields, to learn about fresh local foods and the
people who grow and produce them. Hosted by passionate foodie and TV
personality Amy Devers, each episode features the work of 2013 James Beard
Award-winning filmmaker and Chef Daniel Klein, who introduces viewers to
gardeners, farmers and food producers around the country.


New England

Visit magnificent farms of New England. The first stop is Winter Hill Farm in
Maine, where owners Sarah and Steve manage a herd of rare Randall cattle and
operate a small farmstead creamery producing raw milk, yogurt and artisanal
cheeses. Next, visit Michelle and Dana of Bantam Cider, and the apple orchards of Tower Hill
Botanical Gardens, to see how hard cider is made in Boston. Then head to Green
City Growers, where owner Jessie Banhazl shows how to make a cold frame from
the ground up, and finally to the home of Chef Carolyn Johnson who cooks up two
delicious apple-inspired dishes.



The Netherlands beyond Amsterdam

Sat., May 30, 7:30 pm



America’s leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers
to bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countrysides. Each episode
contains Rick’s valuable insights on art, culture and history, and his practical,
experience-enhancing travel advice.


The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam

By train, bike and boat, Rick visits the top Dutch sights outside of Amsterdam:
from Haarlem to Rotterdam, and from Delft to the Zuiderzee. Along the way, he
enjoys charming towns, cheese markets, mighty dikes and windmills old and new.


Il Volo: We are Love

Sat., May 30, 8:00 pm


Volo is a young trio of tenors that has won hearts across America with their
exquisite vocals. In this live concert of love songs filmed in Miami Beach,
Florida, the group performs “Questo Amore,” “I Bring You to My
Senses,” “We Are Love” and other songs in Spanish, English,
Italian and French.


Carole King – James Taylor Live at the Troubadour

Sat., May 30, 9:30 pm



This concert special stars Carole King and James Taylor, filmed at their 2007
performances celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Los Angeles’ famed Troubadour
nightclub. At that club some 40 years ago, Taylor urged King to emerge as an
artist from behind her piano, a seminal moment in the history of these pop
singer-songwriter icons. King and Taylor perform 12 songs, including stunning
performances of the pair’s most beloved hits such as King’s “So Far Away,”
“It’s Too Late,” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow‌” as well as Taylor’s “Carolina
in My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James” and “Fire and Rain,” to name just a few.



The Lumineers/Shovels & Rope

Sat., May 30, 11:00 pm



The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope bring the best in Americana to the ACL stage.
Denver’s Lumineers perform their hits “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love,” while South
Carolina’s Shovels & Rope rocks songs from the album O’ Be Joyful.

Public Affairs



Obama at War

Tues., May 26, 10:00 pm



Go inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the deadly
civil war in Syria. Through interviews with military and diplomatic leaders,
examine the president’s choices as he tries to defeat the Islamic State without
dragging America into a prolonged conflict.


Thurs., May 28, 7:30 pm



This episode is the first all-Middle School edition of HIKI NŌ.


Top Story

Students from Maui Waena Intermediate School on Maui tell the story of their
experience at the 2015 Student Television Network conference and video competition
in San Diego, California, where they learned that it is far better to give than to
receive. Although the primary purpose of their trip was to participate in the
video competition, they also spent a great deal of time volunteering for worthy
San Diego-based causes. Maui Waena students cleared half an acre of weeds and
invasive plants from Balboa Park, the largest urban park in San Diego. They
also served meals to 300 homeless people at the city’s largest homeless shelter,
Father Joe’s Village. The Maui Waena students went on to win several awards at
the competition, but they consider their hours of community service as the most
rewarding part of the trip.


Also Featured:

Students from Aliamanu Middle School on Oahu report on the sometimes frightening
transition from Middle School to High School.


Students from Waipahu Intermediate School on Oahu tell the story of a diabetic
teacher at their school who is educating others about the disease.


Students at Seabury Hall Middle School on Maui profile their marching band director
Richie Franco and his unconventional journey from the tough streets of Chicago
to teaching music in Makawao, Maui.


Students at Waianae Intermediate School on Oahu tell the story of a student with
a limp brought on by a medical condition that made her a target for bullies. With
the support of friends and her own upbeat outlook, she is now moving forward to a
positive future.


Students at Kapaa Middle School on Kauai invite us to their school’s Electives
Night – a unique evening of student art and performances that excites not only
students and their parents, but the entire community as well.


Students at Lahaina Intermediate School on Maui tell the story of a special garden
on campus that is encouraging teachers and students alike to take their lessons


This program encores Saturday, May 30 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 pm.
You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website,


How Can We Best Help the Homeless?

Thurs., May 28, 8:00 pm



Efforts to deal with Oahu’s homeless population, such as moving them out of parks
and off sidewalks, have only shifted them away from businesses, leading to more
sidewalk tents in Kakaako and Kapalama. Now City Council members want the Mayor
to consider using the former Hilo Hattie site on Nimitz Highway as a homeless shelter.
What could the State and counties do to help? How can we best help the homeless?


INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII is a live public affairs show that is also live streamed on Your questions
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Fri., May 29, 7:30 pm



For 40 years, WASHINGTON WEEK has delivered one of the most interesting
conversations of the week. Hosted by Gwen Ifill, it is the longest-running
public affairs program on PBS and features a group of journalists participating
in roundtable discussion of major news events.



Fri., May 29, 8:00 pm



This weekly series features the iconic TV anchor’s focus on the events and
conversations shaping this week and the week ahead. Drawing on conversations
from his nightly PBS program and new insightful perspectives from around the
world, it captures the defining moments in politics, science, business,
culture, media and sports.



Fri., May 29, 8:30 pm



THE MCLAUGHLIN GROUP is an unscripted forum featuring some of the greatest
political analysts in the nation.

Science and Nature



My Bionic Pet

Wed., May 27, 8:00 pm



The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like
preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals
need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails
because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate
creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Amazing
prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology can provide
just what they need, and scientists are finding that innovations created in the
process are benefitting both animals and humans. Meet these inspiring animals
and the remarkable individuals whose work has helped them live their
lives again.



First Man on the Moon

Wed., May 27, 9:00 pm



When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this
accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the
limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of
talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11. NOVA
presents an intimate portrait of an unassuming American hero through interviews
with Armstrong’s family and friends.




The Storm

Tues., May 26, 8:00 pm



Ken Burns’ seven-part documentary tells the stories of Theodore, Franklin and
Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential
families in American politics. The seven-part, 14-hour series marks the first
time their individual stories have been woven into a single narrative.


The Storm

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president in 1920 and seems assured of a still
brighter future until polio devastates him the following summer. FDR returns to
politics in 1928 and, as governor of New York, acts with such vigor and imagination
during the first years of the Great Depression that the Democrats turn to him
as their presidential nominee in 1932. He survives an attempted assassination
as president-elect and at his inauguration tells his frightened countrymen the
only thing they have to fear is “fear itself.”



The Man Who Saved the World

Wed., May 27, 10:00 pm



This film explores the dramatic and little-known events that unfolded inside a
nuclear-armed Soviet submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis. While politicians
desperately sought a solution to the stand-off, Vasili Arkhipov, an officer aboard
the submarine, refused to fire a nuclear torpedo, thus averting disaster. The program
combines tense drama with eyewitness accounts and expert testimony about a critical
event during the Cold War.




Tapered Tail Tripod Table 2

Sat., May 30, 2:00 pm



Using only the hand tools of the pre-industrial era, woodworker Roy Underhill
and his guests prove that there was life before electricity. Whether you think
muscle-powered tools are a thing of the past – or a thing of the future –
you’ll reconnect with your own inner craftsperson.

Tapered Tail Tripod Table 2

A walnut burl top and some tricky turning make tapered dovetails for the
three-legged table.



Sat., May 30, 2:30 pm



Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner install an electric vehicle charger
next to his house. Then, Richard helps a homeowner install a new kitchen sink.



Adaptation & Accessibility

Sat., May 30, 3:00 pm



Richard meets HFOT project manager Mike Duckett at the jobsite to understand
some of the 150 requirements implemented on ADA-approved and Energy Star-rated
homes. He travels to a plumbing manufacturer to see the technology behind touchless
faucets and toilets. At the house, Mike shows Norm how tile contractor Steve
Collette is using a beveled piece of marble to create an ADA-compliant
threshold in the shower. Then they check out the technology behind the
automatic door opener being used on many of the doors in the house. Cat DeWitt
reveals how the hybrid styled faucet will make life more manageable for Matt and
the rest of the family.




Sat., May 30, 4:00 pm



Attention all cheese lovers: this show is for you. Martha Stewart makes fluffy,
homemade ricotta with just three ingredients – so good, you’ll never buy
store-bought again. Next, she prepares a retro party favorite, heavenly cheese
fondue, and transforms butter, cheese and pasta into fettuccine alfredo. Then
learn the proper technique for melting raclette, an Alpine cheese
specialty, and elevate grilled cheese to new heights of decadence with grown-up
grilled cheese sandwiches.



Dinner in the Mediterranean

Sat., May 30, 4:30 pm



Man on the street Doc Willoughby visits Chef Michael Psilakis at his restaurant
Kefi to learn all about Greek cuisine. Then, host Christopher Kimball goes into
the kitchen with test cook Bridget Lancaster to learn how to make grilled chicken
souvlaki at home. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews mixing bowls,
and gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her favorite yogurt maker. Finally, test cook
Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the ultimate tabbouleh.



Cooking Ahead

Sat., May 30, 5:00 pm



Chef Sara Moulton returns with a fourth season of SARA’S WEEKNIGHT MEALS, featuring
simple but delicious recipes for putting flavorful, healthy, home-cooked meals
on the table with minimal fuss. In addition, guest chefs from around the globe
prepare their favorite dishes in Sara’s home kitchen before taking her on a
culinary expedition to their favorite local farms, ethnic enclaves and other
secret food sources.


Cooking Ahead

Sometimes the easiest way to get dinner on the table on a weeknight is to cook
ahead on Sunday. Eat these hearty comfort meals on Sunday, then reheat or use
them in tons of other ways during the week. Sara’s got braised brisket and rice
with broccoli rabe pesto. Plus, she’ll teach you everything you need to know
about grains.



Chicken Three Ways

Sat., May 30, 5:30 pm



Chef Lidia Bastianich conjures simple, seasonal and economical dishes with grace,
confidence and love. She teaches viewers to draw on their roots, allow for
spontaneity and cultivate a sense of home in the kitchen. Filled with tips and
techniques collected through years in the kitchen and at the family table,
Lidia channels her passion for teaching into a fun and trustworthy curriculum
of kitchen wisdom.


Chicken Three Ways

Lidia shows viewers how to make an easy poached chicken breast salad; pasta shells
with zucchini and chicken; plus an elegant Sicilian-influenced dish of chicken
breasts with orange and olives.