Sesame Street Live

July 7 – 16, 2017





Sesame Street Live | Elmo Makes Music

  • Friday, July 7 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8 – 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 9 – 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 13 – 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 14 – 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15 – 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 16 – 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.



VIP Ticket Packages

Our VIP Ticket Packages are SOLD OUT. Mahalo for your support! With a contribution of $100 to PBS Hawai‘i, you’ll receive a VIP Ticket Package that includes: two premium tickets, access to our exclusive pre-show party in the Maui Room (Second Floor) of the Blaisdell, and the opportunity to take photos with two Sesame Street Live friends!

You may select from either of the following VIP Package options:

  • Package 1: Saturday, 7/8 – 9:00 a.m. Pre-Show Party + 10:30 a.m. Show Start SOLD OUT
  • Package 2: Saturday, 7/8 – 12:30 p.m. Pre-Show Party + 2:00 p.m. Show Start SOLD OUT
  • Package 3: Saturday, 7/8 – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Show Party + 5:30 p.m. Show Start SOLD OUT

Enter to Win a Family Pack!

Submissions are now closed. The winner will be contacted via email. Mahalo to everyone who entered!


Save on Regular Admission

Save $4 per ticket with the coupon below. Simply present this ticket at the Blaisdell Center Box Office, or use code PBS at to redeem this offer.

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The Flute Maker


Host Eric Gorges combs the country for America’s finest craftsmen, documenting what it means to be a modern-day maker. In each episode, Eric explains the history of an old-world craft as it is practiced in America today.


The Flute Maker
Geri Littlejohn has been making Native American-style flutes for more than 20 years. She starts with a simple piece of bamboo and finishes with what she likes to call a “sacred musical gift of art.”


The Land of Eb


This fictional story is set in the stark volcanic landscape of one of the most remote communities on Hawai‘i Island – Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. Jonithen Jackson portrays Jacob, a Marshallese immigrant father and grandfather, who struggles to provide for his large family. When Jacob overhears a cancer diagnosis from his doctor he keeps the news to himself, forgoing treatment in favor of working to pay off his property which he plans to pass down once he’s gone. Sensing his end, Jacob turns a small video camera on himself and begins to record his story – and that of his people, the Marshallese. The film is a contemplative look at a community in Hawaii still struggling to recover from the effects of the nuclear age. It is a profoundly realistic portrayal of one man’s unwillingness to let go of his dignity and the hope he has for his family’s future.


Gifts of Stocks and Bonds

Gifts of stock and other appreciated securities are a popular way to give because it may help you avoid the capital gains tax while giving you a charitable income tax deduction. It is also very easy to do, and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, PBS Hawai‘i will not be taxed on gifts from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension, or other tax deferred plan.


This is all the information you need to give a gift of stock to PBS Hawai‘i:


Firm: Morgan Stanley, LLC

Address: 733 Bishop Street, Honolulu 96813

DTC#: 0015

For the Benefit of: Hawaii Public Television Foundation dba PBS Hawaii

Account#: 129-180673



Neighborly Gifts that Hit the Spot


Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS HawaiiIf you’re lucky, there’s someone in your life who always comes up with a perfect gift–and often it’s an item that’s not even on your radar.


We sometimes feel that way at PBS Hawaii, with people helping us in ways that we don’t expect.


There are especially thoughtful people on Neighbor Islands. We send our “free” broadcast signals farther than those of any commercial TV station to reach more people, and Neighbor Islanders reach back.


Here are two recent examples, beginning with Kauai woodworker Dean Mayer:


—“I made a lot of sawdust, that’s how I made it.”


Dean is humbly explaining how he crafted a beautiful, rich-grained lobby desk for PBS Hawaii’s future home. It’s in his Omao workshop, ready to be shipped to Honolulu.


Kauai woodworker Dean Mayer created this reception desk for PBS Hawaii's future lobby.

Kauai woodworker Dean Mayer created this reception desk for PBS Hawaii’s future lobby.


The wood is from a large monkey pod tree that had to be cut down because its growth was threatening the safety of a home on the Koloa property of his friend, Dan Suga.


Dean says he was moved to make the desk because he enjoys PBS Hawaii programming.


Everyone who enters our future home will see Dean’s creation as soon as they open the door. We hope you’ll come and visit.


—“Everyone loved seeing Downton Abbey on the big screen.”


That’s Susan Bendon of Spreckelsville, Maui, talking about a “pop-up” screening she gamely pulled off with little notice. Taking time out from the busy holiday season, a group of Maui residents watched the highly anticipated premiere of Downton Abbey’s fi nal season more than a week before television viewers were able to see it. Susan, a PBS Hawaii Board Member, enlisted Seabury Hall’s Lynn Matayoshi and they presented the episode in the school’s comfortable auditorium.


Top Left: On Maui, PBS supporter Ann Jones and PBS Hawaii Board Member Susan Bendon, greet guests at an advance screening of Downton Abbey at Seabury Hall. Top-right: Maui Magazine publisher Diane Haynes Woodburn at the Downton Abbey advance screening.
Top Left: On Maui, PBS supporter Ann Jones and PBS Hawaii Board Member Susan Bendon, greet guests at an advance screening of Downton Abbey at Seabury Hall. Top-right: Maui Magazine publisher Diane Haynes Woodburn at the Downton Abbey advance screening.

In Honolulu, we worked with Ward Consolidated Theatres to give an advance screening for fans.


“PBS made many friends,” Susan said. See what I mean? With Lynn, Susan made it happen.


With Dan Suga’s tree, Dean made it happen. We are lucky indeed.


Aloha a hui hou,

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Island Insurance Foundation Donates $50,000 to PBS Hawaii for NEW HOME

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HONOLULU—The Island Insurance Foundation has donated $50,000 to PBS Hawaii for the renovation and construction of the public television station’s new facility.


Board chair Robert Alm and president and CEO Leslie Wilcox of PBS Hawaii receive the $50,000 check from the President of Island Insurance Foundation, Tyler Tokioka.


Board chair Robert Alm and president and CEO Leslie Wilcox of PBS Hawaii receive the $50,000 check from the president of Island Insurance Foundation, Tyler Tokioka.


Construction of PBS Hawaii’s The Clarence T.C. Ching Campus began in November 2014, with completion in spring 2016. The existing one-story structure at the corner of Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road (formerly the KFVE Newsplex) is being renovated and expanded to include a second story, for a total of 30,000 square feet under roof.


The structure will house a main television studio, a “Learning Zone” for students and teachers, and spaces that promote collaboration and partnerships for innovation.


“Island Insurance is proud to support PBS Hawaii and its tradition of providing quality educational programming,” said Tyler Tokioka, President of the Island Insurance Foundation. “Their new facility will enable PBS Hawaii to enhance its content and showcase the stories that make Hawaii such a special place.”


“Island Insurance is a company known for its deep and abiding commitment to Hawaii and what is best about us,” said Robbie Alm, PBS Hawaii Board Chair. “To have them support us is very, very special.”


For more information on PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME, naming opportunities or to contribute toward the project’s completion, visit


Download this Press Release


Contact: Emily Bodfish
Phone: 808.973.1169


PBS Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawaii’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world. | | @pbshawaii


We’ve Moved!


New construction is underway, but we are still seeking donations for PBS Hawaii’s NEW HOME.


To learn more about our NEW HOME Campaign, click here.


We thank you for your interest in supporting Hawaii’s only public television station, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering local and national programming. Mahalo!


HIKI NŌ Supporters

Bank of Hawaii Foundation

Bays Lung Rose & Holma


Frank M. & Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation

The Freeman Foundation

Hawai‘i Alpha Delta Kappa

Hawai‘i Community Foundation

Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association

Kamehameha Schools

George Mason Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation

Richard Smart Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation


…and supporters like you! Thank you!

Monthly Giving


Make a difference without the hassle.


Become a PBS Hawai‘i Monthly Sustainer and join the growing number of supporters who have generously decided to make easy, convenient and automatic monthly gifts to PBS Hawai‘i.


Each month, a gift of the amount you choose will be automatically given to PBS Hawai‘i.


Your tax-deductible gift sustains our independence as a locally owned organization. As a monthly sustainer, you’ll receive less mail from us, so more dollars are spent on the programs you love!


**If you are interested in a thank-you gift from one of our pledge drives, please be sure to type in the gift description into the comment box.


Monthly Gift


Sponsorship & Business Support

Local Broadcast Sponsorship is a message identifying business, foundation, or individual support for the quality programs provided by PBS Hawai‘i. Sponsor acknowledgments air twice per program (once at the beginning, once at the end) for a period of six or twelve months, with an option for renewal. Over 37 local businesses, foundations, and individuals have chosen to support PBS Hawai‘i’s statewide broadcast by sponsoring their favorite programs. Click here to view the list of broadcast sponsors


PBS Hawai‘i supporters have discovered that sponsorship:

  • Yields significant marketing benefits.
  • Builds brand awareness by linking you or your business with high-quality programs.
  • Generates community goodwill through support of public television.
  • Positions you or your business before an educated and influential audience.
  • Promotes your offerings to a statewide audience at an affordable price.
  • Markets your brand in an environment free of commercial clutter.


To learn more about local broadcast sponsorship with PBS Hawai‘i, contact Patty Doo:


Patty Doo
Director of Business Support
808. 462. 5048




sponsor_support_Steve_Tabussi“At First Insurance, we see the value of PBS Hawai‘i programming to our company, and understand that if we want this sort of programming to continue to thrive, we need to support it.”
Steve Tabussi, Senior Vice President of Marketing
First Insurance Company of Hawaii


Amy Hennessey, Director of Communications Ulupono Initiative“Ulupono Initiative is proud to sponsor PBS Hawai‘i’s mission to provide quality television programs to the people of Hawai‘i. We want to support others who do great things for our community, like PBS Hawai‘i.”
Amy Hennessey, Director of Communications
Ulupono Initiative


sponsor_support_Rich_Pezzulo“Both our organizations share a deep connection with Hawai‘i, and supporting local programming is the same as supporting the local community.”
Richard Pezzulo, Executive Director
Waimea Valley


KristeenHanselman, Executive Director University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)“PBS Hawai‘i presents a variety of insights through the telling of stories and personal experiences. Our support will allow PBS Hawai‘i to expand creative programming that will benefit everyone throughout Hawai‘i.”
Kristeen Hanselman, Executive Director
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)



Mahalo to Our Broadcast Sponsors!


ABC Stores
Associa Hawaii
Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation
Bank of Hawaii Foundation
Bendon Family Foundation
Cades Foundation
Cades Schutte LLP
Carlsmith Ball LLP
Caswell Orthodontics
Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks
Dr. Belinda Aquino
Dr. John Mirikitani, J.D., PhD
Fendu Boulangerie
First Hawaiian Bank
First Insurance Company of Hawaii
G 70
Hanalani Schools
Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaii Dental Service
Hawai‘i Gas
Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)
Hawaii Medical Service Association
Hawaii National Bank
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
Ice Palace Hawaii
John & Clifford Mirikitani Foundation
Jeffrey Samuels Real Estate Services
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Keiki Care Center of Hawaii
Kina`Ole Estate
Kosasa Foundation
Matson Foundation
McCabe, Hamilton & Renny Co., Ltd.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union
Robert & Deanna Levy
Ruby Tuesday Hawaii
Seven-Eleven Hawai‘i, Inc.
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii
Stepping Stones Academy
Ulupono Initiative
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA)
Waimea Valley


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