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Air Date: Tue, Dec 29, 2020 7:30 PM
Kohala native Manaola Yap grew up processing dyes from native roots and plants, while helping his mother, kumu hula Nani Lim Yap, create elaborate hula costumes for performances. These early experiences now inform his brand of Hawaiian luxury clothing, Manaola Hawai‘i, which made its New York Fashion Week debut in September 2017.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 24, 2020 7:30 PM
As we begin the first new school year in the COVID-19 era, HIKI NŌ students reflect on their experiences with distance learning and other challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Air Date: Tue, Dec 22, 2020 7:30 PM
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.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 10:00 PM
PBS in the United States and the BBC in the United Kingdom, team up for ISLANDS OF WONDER, a weekly exploration of three isolated island environments, including Hawaiʻi and Borneo, that harbor wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. In the premiere episode, we’ll visit Madagascar, Earth’s oldest island, which has been isolated longer than any other place in the world. Life here has had time to evolve in strange and unusual ways, resulting in more unique wildlife than possibly any other island on the planet.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 9:00 PM
In August 1969, 15-year-old Terry Kanalu Young became quadriplegic after a diving accident. Initially bitter about his circumstances, he eventually realized that his rage could destroy him – or he could learn a great lesson from it. This film explores Young’s life journey, from a Hawaiian history student to an activist and community leader, and how he used his insights about identity and trauma to offer hope to dispossessed Native Hawaiians. To learn more about Terry Kanalu Young, be sure to see this interview.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 8:00 PM
Born This Way: Awaʻs Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand. This documentary follows her journey from male to female as we see the support of her family and the hurdles she must overcome. The Rogers - An intimate glimpse into the lives of those who formed the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands - The Rogers of Samoa - as they build an outside oven, seek romance, and prepare to perform a traditional men's dance in public. While still facing many obstacles, their stories illustrate the power that come when those rejected by society create their own community.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 7:30 PM
As we begin the first new school year in the COVID-19 era, HIKI NŌ students reflect on their experiences with Distance Learning and attending school from home.
Air Date: Tue, Dec 15, 2020 7:30 PM
Opera and cockfighting are some of the diverse subjects that Kauai-based documentary filmmaker Stephanie Castillo has covered throughout her career. Castillo released her first film, Simple Courage, in 1992, which drew parallels between Hansen’s Disease and the major health crisis at the time of the film’s release, the AIDS epidemic.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 10:00 PM
PBS in the United States and the BBC in the United Kingdom, team up for ISLANDS OF WONDER, a weekly exploration of three isolated island environments, Madagscar, Hawaiʻi and Borneo, that harbor wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. In this episode we visit Borneo, the third largest island on Earth, may seem like a paradise but its harsh landscape proves a struggle to survive. These challenges allow the island to host a greater diversity of life than almost any other island.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 9:00 PM
This film tells the story of 130 young men from Hawaii who, from the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific. The first wave of these colonists was a group of Hawaiian high school students, chosen because government officials assumed Pacific Islanders could best survive the harsh conditions present on the tiny, isolated islands. For the young men, who were unaware of the true purpose of their role as colonists, what ensued is a tale of intrigue, courage, and ultimately, tragedy.
Air Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2020 7:30 PM
Hawaiian Christmas medleys, original compositions and re-interpretation of a popular song are featured on this holiday special. These accomplished local artists offer their gifts of music: Manu Boyd; Ho‘okena with Maila Gibson; Kuana Torres Kahele; Henry Kapono; Nina Kealiiwahamana with Aaron Salā; The Leo Nahenahe Singers; Gail Mack with Gordon Kim; and Peter Medeiros with Joshua Silva and Nate Stillman.
Air Date: Fri, Dec 4, 2020 9:30 PM
AMERICAN MASTERS tells the story of international art sensation Keith Haring, who blazed a trail through the art scene of 1980s New York and beyond. Haring’s style revolutionized the worlds of pop culture and fine art before his early death at age 31. The film features previously unheard interviews with the artist and those who knew him.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2020 9:00 PM

The poignant annual lantern floating ceremony, which had been held every Memorial Day since 1999 at Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu, did not take place last May because of the coronavirus pandemic. The international Buddhist community Shinnyo-en continued to observe this beloved tradition by creating a television special honoring those who laid a foundation for our lives.

Air Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2020 7:30 PM
As we begin the first new school year in the COVID-19 era, HIKI NŌ students reflect on their experiences with distance learning and other challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Air Date: Wed, Dec 2, 2020 8:00 PM
Set against the magical backdrop of the Arctic, NATURE "Snow Bears" is a dramatized story based on the extraordinary adventures and life-changing journey of newborn polar bear cubs as they leave the safety of their den for the first time. Bravely led by their mother, the cubs must make the perilous 400-mile voyage to the sea to feed. Encountering many dangers along the way - Arctic foxes, roaming bears ready to kill, extreme weather, snowdrifts and ice cracks - they undertake an epic survival challenge. These cubs are rarely seen in their natural habitat, and "Snow Bears" is a unique glimpse into their world.
Air Date: Tue, Dec 1, 2020 7:30 PM
Named for the island where he was born, Lanai Tabura is well-known for his talents as a DJ, comedian, television host, actor and entrepreneur. Now he dedicates himself to one of his earliest passions – cooking – to share aloha across the globe through food.
Air Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2020 7:30 PM
As a young child, Josh Tatofi thought he had an ordinary life. “I thought everyone’s dad was a rock star, and I thought everyone was playing music,” he says. His father, Tivaini Tatofi, was a founding member of local island music group Kapena. “I didn’t really know that my childhood was special until way later,” says the younger Tatofi.
Air Date: Sun, Nov 29, 2020 8:00 PM
Enjoy this celebration of the iconic PBS series, hosted by actor Alan Cumming. From Upstairs, Downstairs and I, Claudius to Downton Abbey and Victoria, Masterpiece has won 83 Emmy Awards and 16 Peabody Awards, and introduced generations of PBS viewers to the delights of British drama.
Air Date: Sun, Nov 29, 2020 7:30 PM
When we hear his distinctive voice, there is no mistaking the music of Jerry Santos. In this Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song, Jerry has woven together a story of home. “The idea of home was the driving force for the content. Most of the songs speak to the idea of kuʻu home, a personal, endearing way to refer to our place in the world. It becomes kuʻu because we attach to it our familiarity, what the wind and the rain are like, how the mountains smell, what is in the river, who our people are, our attachment to them and the things we have learned by being of a place,” Jerry says.
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