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.
The Puʻukoholā Heiau on Hawaiʻi Island is a sacred site in the Hawaiian culture and significant because of the role it played in the unification of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Hoʻokuʻikahi: To Unify As One documents the 1991 ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of the consecration of the heiau.
Students at Waimea High School on Kaua‘i are taking their learning out of the classroom and onto the farm. But this isn’t your typical farm – lessons go well beyond learning to grow plants.
"Ke‘elikōlani" follows the name change of Central Middle School in downtown Honolulu to Princess Ruth Ke‘elikōlani Middle School. It explores the royal history of the campus and its links to the Native Hawaiian princess it is now named after.
Keep It A Secret, recounts the inspiring true story of the dawn of Irish surfing and how the sport’s brave pioneers found peace in the surf during the most violent years of The Troubles conflict.
Master slack key musician Cyril Pahinui jams with some of the most revered and talented musicians in Hawai‘i in intimate kanikapila-style backyard performances. Cyril was the son of Gabby “Pop” Pahinui, who is considered the “Godfather” of Hawaiian slack key guitar.
Homegrown Hawaiʻi investigates why Hawaiʻi imports an estimated 85 to 90 percent of the food consumed here and asks, "Can we reverse this?" Farmers and ranchers from all four counties and reveal the risks, challenges and rewards of farming and ranching in Hawaiʻi. Directed, shot and edited by Lynn Beittel of Visionary Video.
Nature’s beauty takes center stage this month in PBS Hawai‘i Presents: Himalayan Prayer for World Peace. Maui-based filmmaker Tom Vendetti takes viewers on a pilgrimage through India, Nepal and Tibet, exploring some of the most remote parts of the Himayalas to highlight a number of religious sites, customs and events. From sacred waters to centuries-old structures, this documentary reveals parts of the region rarely seen by many in the Western world while holding on to a message of peace, love and compassion.
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.
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