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PBS Hawai‘i Presents offers independent documentaries, dramas, music showcases and special event programming about Hawai‘i, by Hawai‘i producers.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 2, 2020 9:00 PM
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, this film constructs a rich portrait of a colorful and controversial Hawaiian man.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2020 9:00 PM
A collection of candid interviews and archival images, combined with the music of an array of virtuoso performers, this film tells the story of Hawaiian slack key. It depicts how this unique style of playing has become fundamental to Hawai‘i’s musical, cultural and familial traditions.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2020 9:00 PM
In 1999, Lahaina’s plantation era came to an end with the closing of the West Maui town’s Pioneer Mill, the beating heart of Lahaina’s sugar industry.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2020 9:00 PM
Surveying 40 years of Hawaiʻi’s rich musical traditions, this film tells the story of the Sons of Hawaii, the music group led by Eddie Kamae that helped launch the Hawaiian cultural renaissance.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2020 9:00 PM
This award-winning documentary celebrates the music and spirit of Sam Li‘a Kalainaina, a performer and composer shaped by his home in remote Waipi‘o Valley on Hawai‘i Island.
Air Date: Thu, May 28, 2020 9:30 PM
In this new film, Professor of Anthropology Christine Yano explains, “If we want to know something of what some of these womenʻs lives were like…we could do no better than to listen to their own words, as expressed through song.
Air Date: Thu, May 21, 2020 9:00 PM
Shortly after Hōkūle‘a was built in the 1970s, a search began for someone who could teach the art of navigation without modern instruments – native knowledge that had been all but lost. Master navigator Mau Piailug of Micronesia agreed to share what he knew.
Air Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2020 9:00 PM
Opening Comments: Leslie Wilcox with Vera Zambonelli and Shirley Thompson, the producers of Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi       Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi       Closing Comments: Vera Zambonelli and Shirley Thompson       About the Film   Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi is an hour-long compilation of six locally produced short […]
Air Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2020 9:30 PM
STRANGE LAND tells the story of Stephanie Castillo‘s Filipino mother’s journey as a WWII war bride. Her mother met and married a Hawaiʻi-born GI of same Filipino ancestry, but the journey to America was far from the dream marriage.
Air Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2020 9:00 PM
Shipped thousands of miles away from Hawaiʻi to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two Native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.
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