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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, Jul 27, 2023 8:30 PM
Ka Hana Kapa documents the history of kapa in Hawai‘i and follows the complex process of Hawaiian kapa making from start to finish
Air Date: Thu, Jul 20, 2023 7:30 PM
Death is an intimate experience, and how we lay our loved ones to rest varies between cultures. The film KAPU: Sacred Hawaiian Burials sheds light on the ongoing battle by Native Hawaiians to protect burial sites across the state and the iwi, or sacred bones, that are within them.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 13, 2023 8:30 PM
Part two of a two-part documentary. On We, The Voyagers: Our Moana, see how the people of Taumako navigate challenging weather and find their way in the open ocean by interacting with patterns of winds, waves and stars.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 6, 2023 8:30 PM
We, The Voyagers: Our Vaka is the first of a two-part documentary that chronicles the inspiring story of the Polynesians of Taumako, a small island in the Solomon Islands in the Southwestern Pacific. The island’s elders never lost their ancient tradition of wayfinding and work to pass the knowledge down to younger generations.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 29, 2023 9:00 PM
Jeri follows Galeaʻi, an 18-year-old Lāʻie, Windward Oʻahu resident as she trains for and participates in the 2019 World Fireknife Competition seeking to become the Women’s Division champion.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 22, 2023 8:30 PM
Enjoy this encore showing of Homealani, a 2012 documentary by Hawaiʻi filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk. The film profiles her grandfather, Oliver Homealani Kupau, who was born in Hauʻula, Windward Oʻahu in 1899, a year after the illegal annexation of Hawaiʻi by the United States. The film shares her grandfather's journey through Hawaiʻi's cultural transition from indigenous to western while never forgetting his Native Hawaiian roots.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 8, 2023 8:30 PM
Skin Stories is an anthology of stories and stunning images gathered from the hot spots of Pacific tattoo: from the steaming landscape of Rotorua in New Zealand to the vibrant gathering of the first international tattoo convention in Apia, Samoa; from the terraced, lush taro fields of Maui to the golden beaches of Oʻahu and California.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 1, 2023 8:30 PM
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.
Air Date: Thu, May 25, 2023 9:00 PM
This film recounts the diverse history of the rich, fertile area on the slopes of Haleakalā from the days before Western contact to the present. The film weaves together stories from dozens of Upcountry residents who lived and worked on the sugar and pineapple plantations; paniolos who made a living raising cattle; and long-time merchants and historians who call Makawao home.
Air Date: Thu, May 18, 2023 8:30 PM
Why do all the women in Tonga know how to juggle?  Filmmaker Paprika Leaverton explores the origins of the native juggling art known as “hiko” and how it was revived by one of Tonga’s most revered monarchs. The film also takes a closer look at the country’s gender and power dynamics and how hiko is helping to empower women in a male-dominated society.
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