Learn how one local girl’s love of storytelling and social justice inspired her to share her gift with the world. Documentary filmmaker Ciara Lacy speaks to her journey and how moving home inspired her documentary, Out of State, which premiered nationally on PBS stations, including PBS Hawaiʻi, on the film series Independent Lens.
Meet Heather Haunani Giugni, a longtime filmmaker whose passion for preserving Hawaiʻi’s stories culminated in the establishment of ʻUluʻulu, the Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive at the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oahu. The archive is named after her father, a longtime aide to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
Hawaiʻi volleyball fans know and revere him as one of the sport’s winningest coaches of all time. Dave Shoji looks back at key moments in his 42-year coaching career and speaks of his retirement focus on family and health.
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.
“The health of the land is the health of the people” is a core belief for Dr. Noa Emmett Aluli. The Molokaʻi physician comes from a prominent Hawaiian family of medical doctors, academics, musicians and historical figures.
Princess Johnson, whom our team welcomed at PBS Hawaiʻi for this conversation, is Creative Producer of the PBS KIDS series Molly of Denali, which follows the adventures of 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly Mabray and her friends.
Award-winning writer Stephanie Han draws from her life experiences to inform her poetry, fiction and non-fiction, which frequently grapple with identity in multicultural settings. Her childhood was anchored by books, which helped her make sense of others and the world around her.
“Chicken skin” storyteller Lopaka Kapanui grew up around old Hawaiian legends and ghost stories from his family, and says he’s always been sensitive to spirits. In the 1990s, he was introduced to Oʻahu’s original “chicken skin” storyteller, Glen Grant, and his ghost tours.
Inoue is the founder of Happiness U, an organization with a mission to teach others about achieving life balance and fulfillment. Her childhood in San Francisco and Taiwan left her feeling lonely and out of place. After working several dozen jobs in Japan, she moved to Hawai‘i on a whim.
Behind the scenes of the 4,000-acre Kualoa Ranch on Windward Oʻahu is John Morgan, its president and owner. He’s a sixth-generation member of the kamaʻāina Morgan family. There’s still some ranching at Kualoa, though the property is perhaps best known for its recreational activities and as a backdrop in blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park.
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