Educator, composer and hula dancer Nona Beamer, or Aunty Nona, was a champion of Hawaiian culture. On Nona Beamer and her Family: A Century of Songs, hear special songs from her musically talented family, as well as one-on-one interviews. They share personal stories, including the time Aunty Nona fired her sons Kapono and Keola on stage, during a live concert.
Eighty years ago in February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the establishment of internment camps for people of Japanese ancestry. Relocation centers were stationed throughout the country with several in Hawaiʻi on multiple islands. This film that shares untold first-hand accounts of Hawaiʻi residents and their experiences of being detained during World War II.
This documentary pays tribute to a range of composers who flourished between the 1870s and the 1920s. The film explores the poetry and play of Hawaiian lyrics, as well as the places and features of the natural world that inspired songs still loved and listened to today.
Enjoy this 2001 film which tells the epic saga of the rivalry between Pelehonuamea, goddess of the volcano, and her youngest and favorite sister Hiʻiaka. The film weaves together archetypal themes of creation, love and betrayal into a sweeping dramatic hula performance by Hilo-based Hālau O Kekuhi. The film is presented in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications.
Season 3 of Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i showcases the often untold stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers, celebrating the powerful and important work of pioneering women who paved the way to help build the local industry as well as new rising stars who continue to create groundbreaking work.
An environmental documentary that traces the destruction of Hawai‘i’s rainforests, this film calls for preservation and a return to the ecological wisdom that guided traditional Hawaiians’ connection to the land.
For centuries, loko iʻa, or fishponds, were a vital part of the Native Hawaiian food system, connecting freshwater sources to the ocean, using rock-wall enclosures to raise and eventually harvest fish. In recent decades, there has been a resurgence of this indigenous way of aquafarming.looks at how four fishponds on Oʻahu are being restored.
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.
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.
On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The massive crater carries the unique distinction of being "the quietest place on Earth." The exquisite stillness of its stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from spiritual to philosophical.
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