America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump, Part 1


An investigation into America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. Episode One traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.




America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump, Part 2

FRONTLINE - America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump


An investigation into America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. Episode Two examines how Donald Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions and how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide.




Mitski / Rainbow Kitten Surprise


Savor the experimental rock of singer/songwriter Mitski and indie rockers Rainbow Kitten Surprise. New Yorker Mitski plays songs from her album “Be the Cowboy,” while North Carolina’s RKS perform cuts from the record “How to: Friend, Love, Freefall.”




Under a Jarvis Moon


This film tells the story of 130 young men from Hawaii who, from the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific. The first wave of these colonists was a group of Hawaiian high school students, chosen because government officials assumed Pacific Islanders could best survive the harsh conditions present on the tiny, isolated islands. For the young men, who were unaware of the true purpose of their role as colonists, what ensued is a tale of intrigue, courage, and ultimately, tragedy.


PBS Hawaii Presents Under a Jarvis Moon




Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel


Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel engages leading historians, biographers and personal friends to reveal a complex woman who experienced profound identity shifts during her life and struggled with the two great issues of her day: the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans. A charismatic force until a tragic accident lead to her death at age 48, Mitchell rebelled against the stifling social restrictions placed on women: as an unconventional tomboy, a defiant debutante, a brazen flapper, one of Georgia’s first female newspaper reporters, and, later, as a philanthropist who risked her life to fund African American education. Emmy®-winning executive producer/writer Pamela Roberts uses reenactments based on Mitchell’s personal letters and journals to show how her upbringing and romantic relationships influenced the creation of Gone With the Wind. The film also explores Scarlett and Rhett’s place as two of the world’s greatest lovers and the public’s initial reception to the book and David O. Selznick’s 1939 epic film – from racial lightning rod to model for survival. 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize win for the only book published during her lifetime and Gone With the Wind’s lasting popularity seems permanently etched in the American cultural landscape.







Meet Other Candidates in the Democratic Primary for governor


Six citizens are running in the Democratic Primary for governor of Hawai‘i. Two of them appeared in a live broadcast of Insights on PBS Hawai‘i on July 5. PBS Hawai‘i invited the four other candidates via email to share their views on issues facing Hawai‘i in written form up to 750 words. The candidates are Ernest Caravalho, Wendell Ka‘ehu‘ae‘a, Richard Kim and Van Tanabe. Only Ka‘ehu‘ae‘a and Caravalho responded by the June 27 deadline.


Ernest Caravalho   |   Wendell Ka‘ehu‘ae‘a



Ernest Caravalho  (D)

Candidate for Governor Ernest Caravalho

My name is Ernest Caravalho and I humbly ask for your support and vote for Governor of the state of Hawai‘i. I was born in Honolulu and raised in Kalihi. After I graduated I joined the Air force, then from their went back to school where I studied law to become a paralegal. I returned to Hawai‘i to take care of my nephews.


Hawai‘i is at a critical crossroads and it is now time for the people to get involved and decide where we go from here. Do we continue to do things as usual by voting for the same old guard who do not look out for the people, but instead the special interest groups, corrupt corporations and the foreign investor who continue to build their financial portfolios on the backs of our people or do we have the courage to make the change that we need to take back our government for the people.


Until we make the corrections that needs to be made, business as usual will continue to be rampant in Hawai‘i. We shall never see a truly great education system, Health Care for all, affordable Housing, the decrease of homelessness and Job security for all our people.


We need to make changes now as we need fresh new ideas to be flowing into our government. We cannot continue as we are going as we are being taxed out of our homes and ‘āina. The way we gather our taxes is not working and whenever government needs more they take away from other projects and end up taxing the people.


We need to look at rebuilding our economy and being more reliant on high tech jobs then being reliant on tourism and the military. We must look at ways that we can use to be totally green in Hawai‘i and we must act upon Climate Change by leading the way.


We must look at the legalization of recreational marijuana, the lottery, a specialized zoned area for the legalization of gambling (parts of Ala Moana into Waikīkī.) and the creation of a lotto that will limit the amount of tourism in Hawai‘i at any given time. We must look at all ideas that will help us to control the exodus of all our people as they can no longer afford to live in their own ‘aina.


The truth of the matter is that it will be hard, but like medicine which many don’t like to take, we must come to a realization that the medication that we need is going to be hard at first but then we will start to heal. It’s time we all stand strong and do what is right for all of Hawai‘i with the respects to all our people.


Lastly, we must make things right with all Kanaka Maoli. Until we have healed the scars and made things right again, Hawai‘i shall never be Hawai‘i and we shall all lose. An apology by the State is a must and action to be followed by that apology will show everyone that we will make things right once and for all.


Mahalo my Friends,
Ernest Caravalho




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Wendell Ka‘ehu‘ae‘a  (D)

Candidate for Governor Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a

Aloha my name is Wendell Ka‘ehu‘ae‘a.

1. Born and raised in Honolulu

2. Attended Lanakila Elementary, Kawananakoa Inter., Graduated from Farrington High School 1960.

3. Joined the U.S. Navy. Served under Admiral John McCain, Pacific Fleet Commander. Worked in his public information office on board ship.

4. Join Aloha Airlines, Honolulu, after the service. Then worked for Holmes & Narves on Johnston Island.

5. Moved to the Island of Hawai‘i worked for Coca Cola, Suisan, Air Cargo, Puna Sugar, Cultivation – Supervisor and Na Leo O Hawaii Community T.V.

6. Raised my family – Wife, two sons, two daughters on Panaewa Farm lot 20ac. For 30 years. On the Island of Hawai‘i – Hilo.

7. Built (2) Radio Stations in East Hawai‘i. KAHU AM Panaewa and KAHU FM in Pahala, Ka‘u.

8. Attended Hawaii Island Community College at age 53, Graduated with a AA Liberal Arts Degree. Continued to the University of Hawaii-Hilo. Graduated – BA Communication, BA Political Science and a Minor in Economics. All within 5 years. (Age 58)

9. Co-Chair- The Veterans Day Parade in Hilo The first (7years).

10. Very proud, I am a Hawaiian. I participated in the Merrie Monarch Royal Court. Last year 2017


*Requesting your consideration to represent the Residents and ‘Ohana of Hawai‘i as Governor.




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Past Films | Submit Your Film | Frequently Asked Questions



About PBS Hawaiʻi Presents


Hawai‘i is home to our native Hawaiian culture, a convergence of the Pacific, Asia and Western cultures, and a complex history. As a result, Hawai‘i is rich with stories. PBS Hawai‘i Presents harnesses our Islands’ storytelling traditions with a statewide platform for independent filmmakers, offering thoughtful and diverse perspectives reflecting the history and cultures of the region.


We at PBS Hawai‘i are interested in sharing authentic stories that reflect our diverse communities. If you believe your film would be an excellent fit for PBS Hawaiʻi Presents, and would like to submit your film for consideration, please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Submit Your Film.



Previous PBS Hawaiʻi Presents Films


Here are summaries of several films that have aired on PBS Hawaiʻi Presents:


Filmmaker: Ann Marie Kirk
The Hawaiian Room was an oasis of Hawaiian culture and entertainment in the heart of New York City, housed in the famed Lexington Hotel. Between 1937 and 1966, hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians from Hawai‘i were recruited to perform at the entertainment venue. In this documentary, more than 20 former performers spoke candidly and fondly of their experience at the historic nightclub, and the culture shock of moving from Hawai‘i to New York City.


Filmmakers: Matt Yamashita and John Antonelli
This documentary traced the mythological origins of ‘ulu, its journey from Tahiti to Hawai‘i on Polynesian voyaging canoes, and modern efforts to revitalize breadfruit as a possible solution to food shortages. Native practitioners, medical specialists and agricultural experts have a shared vision of the ‘ulu tree playing an important role in cultural preservation, health restoration and food sustainability for Hawai‘i’s future.


Filmmaker: Marlene Booth
In August 1969, 15-year-old Terry Kanalu Young became a quadriplegic after a diving accident. Initially bitter about his circumstances, he eventually realized that his rage could destroy him – or he could learn a great lesson from it. This film explored Young’s life journey, from a Hawaiian history student to an activist and community leader, and how he used his insights about identity and trauma to offer hope to dispossessed Native Hawaiians.


Filmmakers: Robert Pennybacker and Roy Kimura
This PBS Hawai‘i-produced documentary follows the students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center on O‘ahu, who were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel halfway across the globe to perform at The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. When a lack of funds threatens to keep students from going to Scotland, the Hawai‘i community rallies behind them.


Filmmakers: Chris Conybeare and Joy Chong Stannard
In this film, Professor of Anthropology Christine Yano explains, “If we want to know something of what some of these womenʻs lives were like…we could do no better than to listen to their own words, as expressed through song.” The women that Professor Yano is referring to are Japanese immigrants who worked in Hawai‘i’s sugarcane fields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through their canefield songs, or holehole bushi, these women sang about their joys and sorrows of trying to start life in a new world. Hosted and narrated by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, the film tells the story of music teacher Harry Urata, and his efforts to record, preserve and perpetuate these musical oral histories.


Filmmaker: Matthew Nagato
In his documentary, filmmaker Matthew Nagato could have pointed out everything that’s wrong with public education in Hawai‘i. Instead, Nagato set out to accent the positive, by sharing stories of trailblazers in Hawai‘i who are creating and implementing innovative programs to improve public education. “We want people to strive, to get to places, to do things, and not just sit around and accept the status quo, simply because it’s difficult. I choose the route that gives people the hope, the opportunity and the belief,” Nagato stated in an interview.


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Submit Your Film


There are two ways you can submit your film for consideration for PBS Hawaiʻi Presents: an online submission, or by mail. Please see below and choose one option.


Option 1: Fill out the electronic submission form below.


Option 2: Download and fill out our submission form.

If you choose to fill out and print a submission form, please mail this form, along with a copy of your film, or a link and password to your film, to:

Chuck Parker
Vice President, Content
PBS Hawaiʻi


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What types of films are usually aired on PBS Hawaiʻi Presents?

PBS Hawai‘i Presents is our weekly hour-long series featuring authentic stories that reflect our diverse communities in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. A hallmark of any programming on PBS Hawai‘i is that it must not be driven by political or commercial interests.


What are you looking for when you select programs?

The most important factor is quality, in editorial content and production values. Here are some of the questions we consider in determining whether a film is a good fit for PBS Hawai‘i Presents:

•  Is the program meaningful to the viewers/users we serve?
•  Is the program compelling?
•  Is it fair and accurate?
•  Does it reflect diverse viewpoints?
•  Has the story been told before?
•  Is the program well-shot and well-edited?
•  Is the program satisfying from beginning to end?

In addition to reviewing films as individual submissions, we look at the mix of films over the course of a broadcast season to assure a varied slate.


Will you review rough cuts?

PBS Hawaiʻi reviews completed films for consideration.


How do I submit my program?

Click here.


Will I be notified if my program gets selected for broadcast?

When you submit your online application and film link to PBS Hawai‘i, you will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. Within 60 days, you can expect to be notified whether your film is under consideration. A final decision is made quarterly during a calendar year.


How will PBS Hawaiʻi Presents support my program?

We work with filmmakers to meet PBS Hawai‘i technical requirements. PBS Hawai‘i also provides promotional support for PBS Hawai‘i Presents films, including but not limited to our broadcast channels, social media, and


Do I have to clear rights for public television broadcast?

Yes, you will need to clear legal rights prior to broadcast.


Do I need Errors and Omissions Insurance?

Yes. You are required to have E&O insurance in place prior to broadcast, but not prior to submission.


Is there a PBS Hawaiʻi Presents acquisition fee?

PBS Hawai‘i does not pay a licensing or acquisition fee to filmmakers for programs accepted for PBS Hawai‘i Presents. PBS Hawai‘i does not fund the production or distribution of independent films, but can broadcast the programs.


What is the PBS Hawaiʻi Presents standard broadcast length?

The total running time (TRT) is 56 minutes, 46 seconds for a “TV hour” (including credits), no commercial breaks. Occasionally shorter programs are considered, typically half-hour productions. Actual length should be no more than 26 minutes, 46 seconds (including credits), uninterrupted.


Can there be a theatrical release of my film prior to broadcast?



Will PBS Hawaiʻi edit my film in any way?

PBS Hawai‘i will not edit films, but we may request edits to ensure clarity and accuracy, and to maintain broadcast time requirements.


How long is the required PBS Hawaiʻi broadcast license period?

PBS Hawaiʻi requires a three-year broadcast license agreement.


Whom do I contact if I have additional submission questions?

Please email Chuck Parker, Vice President of Content, at or call at 808. 462. 5074.


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