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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, Jan 13, 2022 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, Dec 30, 2021 8:30 PM
From tofu to sushi, see how food connects us to culture. Chef and host Ed Kenney joins Honolulu-based Chef Alan Wong for a culinary journey, tracing Wong’s roots through family recipes.
Air Date: Thu, Dec 23, 2021 8:30 PM
In 1819, a battle to the death was waged between two factions of Hawaiians: traditionalists, and those who wanted to do away with traditional practices. This film follows musician Keola Beamer, a direct descendant of the leader of the traditionalists, as he explores through song the meaning of his ancestors' battlecry: "mālama ko aloha."
Air Date: Thu, Dec 16, 2021 8:30 PM
The 2003 film Skin Stories traces the roots of tattooing and the evolution of body art traditions in the Pacific, highlighting individual stories and traditional ceremonies.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 28, 2021 8:30 PM
ʻUkulele legend Herb Ohta, better known as Ohta-San, performs songs including “Rhapsody in Blue,” “The Girl from Ipanema” and his chart-topping ballad, “Song for Anna.” Ohta-San also teams up with his son, Herb Ohta Jr., for the Hawaiʻi classics “Hiʻilawe” and “Sanoe.”
Air Date: Thu, Sep 16, 2021 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, Sep 9, 2021 8:30 PM
More than 500,000 war brides from 50 different countries came to America. But what happens when the journey to America was far from the dream marriage? Hear how the filmmakerʻs mother made peace with a decision she regretted.
Air Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2021 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.
Air Date: Thu, Jul 22, 2021 8:30 PM
Aunty Nona tells her own story along with family members, and describes the very best of all things Hawaiian: the people, their knowledge, culture, wisdom and aloha.
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