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PBS Hawaii Presents features independent documentaries, dramas, music showcases and special event programs about Hawaiʻi, by Hawaiʻi producers.

Air Date: Thu, Oct 27, 2022 8:30 PM
From 1990, No Nā Mamo: For the Descendants is a tribute to the late hula master Kauʻi Zuttermeister. The film documents how four generations of her family were invited to open the famed Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. Crews filmed the year-long preparation ahead of their trip to Hilo, where they performed the mele, chants and hula of the Zuttermeister tradition.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 13, 2022 8:30 PM
Listen in on the history of vintage Hawaiian music from when the Islands were still a territory and hear tales from some of Hawaiʻi’s famous radio personalities, including the late Jacqueline “Honolulu Skylark” Rossetti, the late James Grant Benton and Perry & Price.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 6, 2022 8:30 PM
Educator, composer and hula dancer Nona Beamer, or Aunty Nona, was a champion of Hawaiian culture. On Nona Beamer and her Family: A Century of Songs, hear special songs from her musically talented family, as well as one-on-one interviews. They share personal stories, including the time Aunty Nona fired her sons Kapono and Keola on stage, during a live concert.
Air Date: Thu, Sep 22, 2022 8:30 PM
This documentary pays tribute to a range of composers who flourished between the 1870s and the 1920s. The film explores the poetry and play of Hawaiian lyrics, as well as the places and features of the natural world that inspired songs still loved and listened to today.
Air Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2022 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, Aug 25, 2022 8:30 PM
An environmental documentary that traces the destruction of Hawai‘i’s rainforests, this film calls for preservation and a return to the ecological wisdom that guided traditional Hawaiians’ connection to the land.
Air Date: Thu, Aug 11, 2022 8:30 PM
For centuries, loko iʻa, or fishponds, were a vital part of the Native Hawaiian food system, connecting freshwater sources to the ocean, using rock-wall enclosures to raise and eventually harvest fish. In recent decades, there has been a resurgence of this indigenous way of aquafarming.looks at how four fishponds on Oʻahu are being restored.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 28, 2022 8:30 PM
This award-winning documentary celebrates the music and spirit of Sam Li‘a Kalainaina, a performer and composer shaped by his home in remote Waipi‘o Valley on Hawai‘i Island.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 21, 2022 8:30 PM
On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The massive crater carries the unique distinction of being "the quietest place on Earth." The exquisite stillness of its stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from spiritual to philosophical.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 14, 2022 9:00 PM
Homegrown Hawaiʻi investigates why we import an estimated 85 to 90 percent of the food consumed here and asks, "Can we reverse this?" Farmers and ranchers from all four counties reveal the risks, challenges and rewards of farming and ranching in Hawai'i.
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