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Air Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2023 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.
Air Date: Thu, Feb 23, 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, Feb 9, 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, Jan 12, 2023 8:30 PM
This award winning one-hour documentary pays tribute to the untamed spirit of a colorful and controversial Hawaiian man. Known throughout the islands, Luther Makekau was part philospher and part outlaw, a chanter and a singer, a fighter and a lover, a cattle rustler, a rebel and a poet. Born on Māui in 1890, during the reign of King Kalākaua, he lived nearly a hundred years, shaped by a century of turbulent cultural change.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 29, 2022 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 22, 2022 8:30 PM
Composer and slack key guitar master Keola Beamer evokes the richness of Hawaii's music and dance traditions in stories that touch both heart and soul. In his latest endeavor, he shares a Beamer family philosophy that's been passed down through the generations about the many facets of aloha.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 15, 2022 8:30 PM
Whether it’s returning to the source, chasing your love, respecting the land or awakening the past – Family Ingredients is a journey where our host, Ed Kenney, highlights a simple dish that reminds us of the importance of family, friends and purpose.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2022 8:30 PM
The late Rev. Mitsuo “Mits” Aoki, founder of the University of Hawai‘i School of Religion, talks about his therapeutic work with terminally ill patients, the death of his wife and thoughts about his own mortality.
Air Date: Fri, Nov 11, 2022 8:00 PM
Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation highlights the challenges that these individuals face caring for loved ones who are veterans, particularly during the ongoing pandemic, and sheds a raw, uplifting view into the lives of 24.5 million children and millennials who step forward as caregiving heroes.
Air Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2022 8:30 PM
Part two of a two-part documentary. On We, The Voyagers: Our Moana, see how the people of Taumako navigate challenging weather and find their way in the open ocean by interacting with patterns of winds, waves and stars.
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