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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 14, 2022 9:00 PM
Homegrown Hawaiʻi investigates why we import an estimated 85 to 90 percent of the food consumed here and asks, "Can we reverse this?" Farmers and ranchers from all four counties reveal the risks, challenges and rewards of farming and ranching in Hawai'i.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 7, 2022 9:00 PM
The award-winning 1996 film, Happy Birthday Tūtū Ruth, directed by Ann Marie Kirk, profiles Ruth Makaila Nakagawa Kaholoaʻa starting with the celebration of her 90th birthday. Tūtū Ruth was was born and raised in Waipiʻo and Waimanu valleys in the Kohala Mountains on Hawaiʻi Island. She grew taro for most of her life while raising 13 children mostly by herself.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 30, 2022 8:30 PM
Charlotte Simmons sits down for an interview with quilter Deborah Kakalia and her student Milly Singletary who helped her write the book, Hawaiian Quilting as an Art. In 1973 Bob Barker took a trip to Kalaupapa on the island of Molokaʻi to talk with survivors of Hansen’s Disease, residents, and caregivers about life in the settlements of Kalaupapa and Kalawao.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 23, 2022 8:30 PM
The Huliheʻe Palace in Kailua-Kona was built for Hawaiian royalty in 1838. Staff and volunteers showcase and describe palace artifacts used for fishing, poi pounding, and kapa beating. ‘Iolani Luahine shows off the one-of-a-kind Kīʻope pond. The episode features hulu performances and cultural activities on the front lawn.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2022 9:00 PM
Chef Julia Child and host Bob Barker are given a cooking demonstration from local chef, Titus Chan, who hosted a number of cooking shows in the 70s and 80s including, The Chan-ese Way which aired on KHET from 1973-94. Residents of the Makua Aliʻi Senior Center take a crabbing and fishing excursion to West Loch in Pearl Harbor.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2022 8:30 PM
Edith Kanakaʻole sits down for a two part interview with Pau Hana Years. Edith discusses what it was like growing up in Keaukaha on Hawaiʻi Island, traveling the world sharing hula and her love of poi. Along with her two daughters and grandchildren, Edith performs a number of songs and hula and even teaches an improptu Hawaiiana class.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 2, 2022 8:30 PM
In 1972, Bob Barker traveled to the Friendly Isle for a celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Homesteading on Molokaʻi. The festivities marking 50 years since the first homesteaders on Molokaʻi featured song and dance from local artists including a performance from the legendary George Helm.
Air Date: Thu, May 26, 2022 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, May 19, 2022 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.
Air Date: Thu, May 5, 2022 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.
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