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PBS Hawaii Presents features independent documentaries, dramas, music showcases and special event programs about Hawaiʻi, by Hawaiʻi producers.

Air Date: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 8:30 PM
Keep It A Secret, recounts the inspiring true story of the dawn of Irish surfing and how the sport’s brave pioneers found peace in the surf during the most violent years of The Troubles conflict.
Air Date: Thu, Mar 30, 2023 9:00 PM
Homegrown Hawaiʻi investigates why Hawaiʻi imports an estimated 85 to 90 percent of the food consumed here and asks, "Can we reverse this?" Farmers and ranchers from all four counties and reveal the risks, challenges and rewards of farming and ranching in Hawaiʻi. Directed, shot and edited by Lynn Beittel of Visionary Video.
Air Date: Thu, Mar 23, 2023 12:00 AM
Nature’s beauty takes center stage this month in PBS Hawai‘i Presents: Himalayan Prayer for World Peace. Maui-based filmmaker Tom Vendetti takes viewers on a pilgrimage through India, Nepal and Tibet, exploring some of the most remote parts of the Himayalas to highlight a number of religious sites, customs and events. From sacred waters to centuries-old structures, this documentary reveals parts of the region rarely seen by many in the Western world while holding on to a message of peace, love and compassion.
Air Date: Thu, Mar 9, 2023 8:30 PM
Fifty years ago, a fiery, young politician from Pā‘ia, Maui championed federal legislation that changed America. Patsy Takemoto Mink was the principal author of Title IX which passed in 1972. To mark the anniversary of the law’s passage, PBS Hawaiʻi Presents, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, a film that shares how one person made a significant difference.
Air Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2023 8:30 PM
Shinmachi: Stronger Than a Tsunami tells the story on the Japanese business district in Hilo called Shinmachi that was destroyed by a deadly tsunami on April 1, 1946. Families salvaged what they could to rebuild only to have the district wiped out again by another deadly tsunami in 1960. Surviving residents recall the community resilience to keep the spirit of Shinmachi alive today.
Air Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2023 9:00 PM
This film tells the story of music teacher Harry Urata, and his efforts to record, preserve and perpetuate the musical oral histories of Japanese immigrants who worked in Hawai‘i’s sugarcane fields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through their canefield songs, or holehole bushi, these women sang about their joys and sorrows of trying to start life in a new world.
Air Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2023 8:30 PM
From an infant who wound up in the ICU to a surfer who had to relearn to walk and talk after the parasite crept into his nervous system, the documentary gives an eye-opening look into the potentially catastrophic consequences of Rat Lungworm disease shared through several accounts from Hawaiʻi residents on their battles with the parasite.
Air Date: Thu, Feb 9, 2023 8:30 PM
Kai Piha: Kaʻahele Ma Waikīkī takes viewers on a historical tour of Waikīkī's surfing history, the history of our kūpuna and aliʻi who lived there and who loved Waikīkī. Navigating this journey is waterman, historian and author John Clark.
Air Date: Thu, Feb 2, 2023 8:30 PM
What happens when you are three years old and homeless in Hawaiʻi? Find out in this documentary that follows Thalia and her parents who live in a homeless encampment in the Kakaʻako neighborhood in Honolulu.
Air Date: Thu, Jan 26, 2023 9:00 PM
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront problems that many had been not-so-quietly talking about for years; Hawaiʻi’s overdependence on imported food and its reliance on a tourism-based economy. Hear from local farmers, entrepreneurs, elected officials, government leaders and other stakeholders as they share ideas on how to increase the state’s homegrown food supply as well as agricultural exports to help diversity Hawaiʻi’s economy.
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