The award-winning 1996 film, Happy Birthday Tūtū Ruth, directed by Ann Marie Kirk, profiles Ruth Makaila Nakagawa Kaholoaʻa starting with the celebration of her 90th birthday. Tūtū Ruth was was born and raised in Waipiʻo and Waimanu valleys in the Kohala Mountains on Hawaiʻi Island. She grew taro for most of her life while raising 13 children mostly by herself.
Charlotte Simmons sits down for an interview with quilter Deborah Kakalia and her student Milly Singletary who helped her write the book, Hawaiian Quilting as an Art. In 1973 Bob Barker took a trip to Kalaupapa on the island of Molokaʻi to talk with survivors of Hansen’s Disease, residents, and caregivers about life in the settlements of Kalaupapa and Kalawao.
The Huliheʻe Palace in Kailua-Kona was built for Hawaiian royalty in 1838. Staff and volunteers showcase and describe palace artifacts used for fishing, poi pounding, and kapa beating. ‘Iolani Luahine shows off the one-of-a-kind Kīʻope pond. The episode features hulu performances and cultural activities on the front lawn.
Chef Julia Child and host Bob Barker are given a cooking demonstration from local chef, Titus Chan, who hosted a number of cooking shows in the 70s and 80s including, The Chan-ese Way which aired on KHET from 1973-94. Residents of the Makua Aliʻi Senior Center take a crabbing and fishing excursion to West Loch in Pearl Harbor.
Edith Kanakaʻole sits down for a two part interview with Pau Hana Years. Edith discusses what it was like growing up in Keaukaha on Hawaiʻi Island, traveling the world sharing hula and her love of poi. Along with her two daughters and grandchildren, Edith performs a number of songs and hula and even teaches an improptu Hawaiiana class.
In 1972, Bob Barker traveled to the Friendly Isle for a celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Homesteading on Molokaʻi. The festivities marking 50 years since the first homesteaders on Molokaʻi featured song and dance from local artists including a performance from the legendary George Helm.
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