PBS Hawaiʻi Presents features independent documentaries, dramas, music showcases and special event programs about Hawaiʻi, by Hawaiʻi producers.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 5, 2023 8:30 PM
What happens when you are three years old and homeless in Hawaiʻi? Find out in this documentary that follows Thalia and her parents who live in a homeless encampment in the Kakaʻako neighborhood in Honolulu.
Air Date: Thu, Sep 21, 2023 8:30 PM
The Hawaiian Room, located in the famed Lexington Hotel, was an oasis of Hawaiian culture and entertainment in the heart of New York City. Between 1937 and 1966, hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians from Hawai‘i were recruited to bring this pioneering entertainment venue to life. In the documentary, filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk weaves together interviews conducted through Hula Preservation Society with over 20 former performers as they speak candidly and fondly of their experiences at the historic supper club, and the culture shock of going from Hawai‘i to New York City.
Air Date: Thu, Sep 14, 2023 8:30 PM
Keepers of the Flame: The Cultural Legacy of Three Hawaiian Women is a tribute to three Hawaiian women whose lives spanned the 19th and 20th centuries: Hawaiian historian and author, Mary Kawena Pukui; dancer and chanter, ‘Iolani Luahine; and kumu hula and teacher, Edith Kanakaʻole. This story reveals the power of their commitment to Hawaiian culture and values and the ways their influence is still felt today.
Air Date: Thu, Aug 31, 2023 9:00 PM
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront problems that many had been not-so-quietly talking about for years; Hawaiʻi’s overdependence on imported food and its reliance on a tourism-based economy. Hear from local farmers, entrepreneurs, elected officials, government leaders and other stakeholders as they share ideas on how to increase the state’s homegrown food supply as well as agricultural exports to help diversity Hawaiʻi’s economy.
Air Date: Thu, Aug 10, 2023 8:30 PM
Enjoy this encore presentation of the Emmy-winning first Family Ingredients special from 2013 – before it became a nationally televised half-hour series. Chef and host Ed Kenney joins Honolulu-based Chef Alan Wong for a culinary journey, tracing Wong’s roots through family recipes. In Japan and in Wahiawā, the rural O‘ahu town where Wong grew up, they meet organic farmers, tofu makers, sushi chefs and others who connect cultures through food.
Air Date: Thu, Aug 3, 2023 8:30 PM
This award-winning documentary honors the role of kūpuna (elders) in preserving Hawaiian culture. It focuses on the legacies of three respected elders whose lives bridged the transition from older times into the late 20th century. They are Ruth Makaila Kaholoaʻa; Lilia Wahinemaikaʻi Hale; and Reverend David "Kawika" Kaʻalakea. Each is a living archive whose memories and perspectives need to be shared.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 8, 2023 8:30 PM
Skin Stories is an anthology of stories and stunning images gathered from the hot spots of Pacific tattoo: from the steaming landscape of Rotorua in New Zealand to the vibrant gathering of the first international tattoo convention in Apia, Samoa; from the terraced, lush taro fields of Maui to the golden beaches of Oʻahu and California.
Air Date: Thu, Jun 1, 2023 8:30 PM
Season 3 of Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i showcases the often untold stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers, celebrating the powerful and important work of pioneering women who paved the way to help build the local industry as well as new rising stars who continue to create groundbreaking work.
Air Date: Thu, May 4, 2023 8:30 PM
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.
Air Date: Thu, Apr 6, 2023 8:30 PM
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.
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