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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, Dec 5, 2019 10:00 PM
Narrated by vactor Tom Selleck, this film chronicles the personal stories of veterans and citizens who witnessed the attack by the Japanese on the American Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941, launching the United States into World War II.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2019 9:00 PM
One of the few crew members from the USS Arizona who survived the Pearl Harbor attack, Raymond Haerry Sr., passed away at the age of 94 on September 27, 2016. This documentary follows Haerry’s family as they travel from New Jersey to O‘ahu to place his ashes aboard the sunken battleship.
Air Date: Thu, Nov 21, 2019 9:00 PM
Rev. Mitsuo “Mits” Aoki, a pioneer of Hawai‘i’s hospice movement and founder of the University of Hawaii School of Religion, passed away in August 2010. This film from 2003 highlights his own transformative near-death experience; his therapeutic work with terminally-ill cancer patients; the death of his wife Evelyn; and thoughts about his own mortality.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 17, 2019 9:00 PM
Herb Ohta is one of the giants of the ‘ukulele who snatched the simple four-stringed instrument out of the background and planted it firmly at the front of the stage.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 10, 2019 9:00 PM
Ka Hana Kapa documents the history of kapa in Hawaiʻi and follows the complex process of Hawaiian kapa making from start to finish. Hawaiian kapa is one of the most beautiful art forms in the Pacific.
Air Date: Thu, May 9, 2019 9:00 PM
The Hawaiian Room, located in the famed Lexington Hotel, was an oasis of Hawaiian culture and entertainment in the heart of New York City. Between 1937 and 1966, hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians from Hawai‘i were recruited to perform at the entertainment venue.
Air Date: Thu, Apr 4, 2019 8:00 PM
War for Guam traces the enduring legacy from World War II in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898, and how the native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the U.S. under Japanese occupation, only to be later stripped of much of their ancestral lands by the American military.
Air Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2019 9:00 PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and accomplished literary translator William Stanley Merwin shares his thoughts on creativity, conservation, communication and more in A Conversation with America’s Poet Laureate.
Air Date: Thu, Aug 16, 2018 9:00 PM
Using historical footage and interviews from artists who were interned, this film tells the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the War Relocation Authority emphasized the importance of assimilation and Americanization.
Air Date: Thu, Aug 9, 2018 9:00 PM
Feel the pulse of the Pacific – the stories of its people, cultures, languages, music and contemporary issues – in PACIFIC HEARTBEAT, the nationally distributed series from Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawai‘i.
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