Revisit stories from Bill Paty, Frank Padgett and Jerry Coffee and their harrowing experiences as prisoners of war. Bill Paty, who served as Director of the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, landed in German hands in Normandy, right before the D-Day Invasion. On the other side of the world, retired Associate Justice Judge Frank Padgett parachuted into enemy territory during World War II and was held prisoner for eight months by the Japanese military. Navy Captain Jerry Coffee spent seven years in captivity in North Vietnam. These three stories of fortitude and faith are a testament to the strength of the human spirit and dedication to one’s country, even in the darkest of times.
It's hard to think of a choir or chorus without thinking of Nola Nahulu - one of Hawaii's premiere conductors and music teachers. Nola got hooked on music while taking piano and ballet growing up as a child in Makaha, and she parlayed that passion into a career that has spanned more than three decades. Nola has taught and conducted some of the islands' legendary and beloved choral groups - including the Kawaiaha'o Church Choir, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and the Honolulu Symphony Chorus. She has also taught music and choir at churches and schools - including Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii.
As a young boy growing up in ahupuaa o Niu, now known as Niu Valley, Nainoa Thompson would go to Maunalua Bay with a family friend, Yoshi Kawano. “And we would go fishing. And that’s where my love for the ocean started, through fishing,” Thompson remembers. In this interview from August 2015, Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson discusses sailing the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokulea, on a voyage around the world to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of our earth and the ocean that he loves.
Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS national, oversees media content that’s distributed to more than 330 public television stations, including PBS Hawaiʻi. Visiting from Virginia, she shares her thoughts on leadership, finding your path in life and navigating an ever-changing media landscape.
Meet second-generation owners of Kamaka Hawaii, Sam Kamaka Jr. and Fred Kamaka Sr. Now celebrating 100 years in business, Kamaka Hawaii has been the ‘ukulele crafter of choice for artists around the world.
Enjoy an intimate and heartfelt interview series hosted by four-time New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan, who conducts candid conversations with influential leaders in their fields. In this program, Kelly Corrigan interviews attorney and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson.
Travel expert Rick Steves sails beyond Europe for a one-hour special, Egypt: Yesterday and Today. Join Steves for an exploration of historic and cultural wonders, including the teeming metropolis of Cairo, the fabled city of Alexandria and the glories of the pharaohs in Luxor. He also brings viewers into a wonderland of back lanes and shops, meeting artisans, craft makers and vendors.
Art in the Twenty-First Century Borderlands tells how contemporary art can challenge preconceived notions of the U.S.-Mexico border. The program features artists who see the border as an open wound, theatrical stage, political podium, studio and contradictory landscape that features both ugliness and beauty.
On Great Performances: Now Hear This Becoming Mozart, violinist and conductor Scott Yoo invites piano phenomenon Stewart Goodyear to his Festival Mozaic in California. Goodyear will have to find the inspiration to play Mozart’s titanic 20th piano concerto as Mozart himself would have done it: directing the orchestra from the piano while improvising the solos.
INSIGHTS features the race for three seats up for grabs in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees Races. In the Molokaʻi contest, current Board Chair Colette Machado is facing challenger Luana Alapa, who edged out the veteran for the victory in the Primary Election.
This is the first of four specials in which outstanding HIKI NŌ graduates from the Class of 2020 gather together to discuss their HIKI NŌ experiences and how they feel the skills they learned from HIKI NŌ will help them in college, the workplace and life.
Just as writing changed the course of human history, the evolution of paper and printing revolutionized the spread of information. The printing press kicked off the Industrial Revolution that fast-tracked us to the current digital age. But as the 4,000-year-old tradition of penmanship falls out of favor, should we consider what might be lost in this pursuit of ever more efficient communication?
ISLANDS OF WONDER concludes its three-parter with an outsider’s look at the most remote island chain on Earth, our own Hawaiʻi home. The program shows the Islands as a sanctuary for wildlife that reaches these tropical shores. Learn how these animals, including invasive species, have developed and adapted to survive in their surroundings.
NEW! Join us for a visit with Jack Law, a longtime Honolulu entrepreneur and businessman who’s also known as an advocate for LGBTQ civil rights. The owner of the iconic Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand in Waikīkī, Law grew up in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Oʻahu in 1966 to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. But school was short-lived, as he made friends and decided to pursue his dream of working in the entertainment industry. Law was a founding member of the Life Foundation, a pioneer nonprofit in focusing on the needs of those with HIV/AIDS.
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