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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, Mar 1, 2018 9:30 PM
Follow the mythological origins of ‘ulu, its journey from Tahiti to Hawai‘i on Polynesian voyaging canoes, and modern efforts to revitalize breadfruit as a possible solution to food shortages.
Air Date: Thu, Feb 15, 2018 9:00 PM
A young multi-racial kanaka maoli (native Hawaiian) woman, filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez, sets out to discover the meaning of her incredibly lengthy Hawaiian name from her estranged mother, whose diagnosis as schizophrenic in the 80s caused their family separation.
Air Date: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 8:00 PM
In his documentary, ‘ike: Knowledge is Everywhere, filmmaker Matthew Nagato could have pointed out everything that’s wrong with public education in Hawai‘i. Instead, Nagato set out to accent the positive, by sharing stories of trailblazers in Hawai‘i who are creating and implementing innovative programs to improve public education.
Air Date: Thu, Aug 3, 2017 9:00 PM
This film chronicles Emmy-winning Maui filmmaker Tom Vendetti’s experiences and reflections drawn from his more than 30 years of traveling through the Himalayas.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 9:30 PM
A formidable presence in 19th century Hawaii, Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani refused to speak English, practice Christianity, or leave the Hawaiian Islands. Though her life was darkened by the deaths of her children and her beloved first husband, she was a popular and strong force who resisted the kingdom’s drift toward annexation.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 9:00 PM
This documentary tells the story of Hawaiian patriot Joseph Nāwahī, a teacher, surveyor, lawyer, cabinet minister, newspaper editor and artist in Hawaii who lived from 1842 to 1896. Nāwahī founded the anti-annexation political party Hui Aloha ‘Aina and died a political prisoner deemed treasonous by the American- controlled Republic of Hawaii.
Air Date: Thu, May 4, 2017 9:00 PM
Kid Kine Kurses harkens back to the days when local people didn’tlock their doors, kids played outside until the sun went down and friends and family got together to talk story.
Air Date: Thu, Mar 30, 2017 9:00 PM
Koji Ariyoshi lived a remarkable life at the center of events that transformed Hawai‘i, America, China and the world. Born on a Kona coffee plantation in 1914, he worked as a stevedore in Honolulu while attending the University of Hawai‘i.
Air Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2017 9:00 PM
One of a handful of women lawyers practicing in Hawai‘i in the 1940’s and 50’s, Harriet Bouslog became a champion for the working class. With her partner Myer Symonds, she represented the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), fighting for fair labor laws and wages for the people of Hawai‘i.
Air Date: Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM
Maiki Aiu Lake was one of the most widely recognized kumu hula of the 20th century. She was passionately devoted to learning about Hawaiian culture at a time when such interests were often discouraged. Maiki helped preserve and pass on crucial components of Hawaiian knowledge and tradition through difficult times.
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