PBS Hawaiʻi Presents features independent documentaries, dramas, music showcases and special event programs about Hawaiʻi, by Hawaiʻi producers.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 21, 2023 8:30 PM
Black Grace: From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow, a 2004 film chronicling the journey of an all-male dance troupe from New Zealand that blends traditional Polynesian and contemporary dance. The group grew from obscurity in Cannon’s Creek, a small New Zealand town, to winning the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in New England. The film is presented in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 7, 2023 8:30 PM
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.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 7, 2023 8:30 PM
"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.
Air Date: Thu, Nov 30, 2023 8:30 PM
Enjoy this 2001 film which tells the epic saga of the rivalry between Pelehonuamea, goddess of the volcano, and her youngest and favorite sister Hiʻiaka. The film weaves together archetypal themes of creation, love and betrayal into a sweeping dramatic hula performance by Hilo-based Hālau O Kekuhi. The film is presented in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications.
Air Date: Thu, Nov 16, 2023 8:30 PM
In 1998, a locally-made film exposed what Native Hawaiians had written, talked and sung about for a century: the true story of how and why Hawai‘i became part of the United States.
Air Date: Thu, Nov 9, 2023 8:30 PM
The locally produced film series Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi 2 showcases women filmmakers who are preserving and perpetuating our Island culture and history. The series profiles women who helped build the local independent film industry, as well as current filmmakers who are at the top of their field.
Air Date: Thu, Nov 2, 2023 8:30 PM
Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi 1 is an hour-long compilation of six locally produced short films that tells the stories of Hawaiʻi-based women filmmakers, taking them from behind the camera to out in front.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 26, 2023 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, Oct 19, 2023 8:30 PM
Kai Piha: Kaʻahele Ma Waikīkī takes viewers on a historical tour of Waikīkī's surfing history, the history of our kūpuna and aliʻi who lived there and who loved Waikīkī. Navigating this journey is waterman, historian and author John Clark.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 12, 2023 8:30 PM
Under a Jarvis Moon tells the story of 130 young men from Hawaiʻi who were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific.
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