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INDEPENDENT LENS
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

INDEPENDENT LENS - Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

 

RUMBLE tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others, RUMBLE shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

 

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Hula as a Bedrock of 21st-Century Success

 

CEO Message

 

Hula as a Bedrock of 21st-Century Success

 

This month, the renowned musical Lim Family of Kohala on the Big Island takes the stage on Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song (Mon., Jan. 28, 7:30 pm). We at PBS Hawai‘i have wanted to feature this remarkable ‘ohana for years.

 

However, it’s not easy to catch the family members in one place for long! They’re often in different parts of the Islands, and in farflung countries, in versatile groups, performing and teaching. Ed Yap, a family musician and husband of fellow performer and kumu hula Nani Lim Yap, is known for his flying fingers, booking and re-booking airline tickets online as plans evolve.

 

As I interviewed Nani for an upcoming episode of Long Story Short (Tues., Jan. 22, 7:30 pm), I saw once again, with another Island family, that the tradition of hula can serve as a bedrock for modern business success. Nani has long been in demand as a hula teacher in Japan and now, China, for her deep knowledge of this ancient art.

 

“(Hula) is about the collective, and it is about recognizing that together, we produce something that is amazing.” – Ulalia Woodside, Executive Director, Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i

 

Nani and Ed’s son Manaola Yap, appearing in a Long Story Short encore (Tues., Jan. 15, 7:30 pm) is a young fashion designer and business owner with national and international credentials. “My background in design, and everything I do, comes from hula,” he says.

 

A dancer performing HulaAs a child, he helped his mother stage hula dramas for hotel visitors, creating costumes that helped tell the stories. For a dance honoring Pele, the fire goddess, he says Nani burned all of the edges of the dancers’ fabric “to a crisp.”

 

Successful father-and-son designers and hula practitioners Sig and Kuha‘o Zane of Hilo, Hawai‘i Island, also credit hula with inspiring and sustaining their aloha shirt business. For Sig, it started decades ago with wanting to make a special gift to court his future wife, seventh-generation kumu hula Nālani Kanaka‘ole. Sig learned silk screening and created plant designs, because in hula, many plant forms are important. Like Manaola, he had no formal design or business training.

 

Ulalia Woodside, Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, oversees 40,000 acres of preservation lands. She grew up in Waimānalo, Windward O‘ahu, learning the discipline and interconnectedness of the hula tradition. She says it forged her view of how to live life and how to carry out her work.

 

“(Hula) is about the collective,” she says, “it is about recognizing that together, we produce something that is amazing.”

 

Season’s Aloha

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Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad

 

Gertrude Bell was an archaeologist and diplomat, sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia,” who helped shape politics in the Middle East after World War I. Her story is told entirely in her own words and those of her contemporaries, excerpted from letters, diaries and official documents.

 

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FRONTLINE
The Facebook Dilemma, Part 1 of 2

FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma, Part 1 of 2

 

FRONTLINE details the early warnings about Facebook’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Original interviews and rare footage show how the company faced claims of misuse while becoming an unprecedented global power.

 

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INDEPENDENT LENS
The Cleaners

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Cleaners

 

Meet some of the people whom Silicon Valley leaders like Facebook and Google hire to do “digital cleaning” – deleting offensive, pornographic and incendiary posts. Mostly located in the Philippines, these “content moderators” delete “inappropriate” content on the net, thereby influencing what people around the world see and think. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

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FRONTLINE
The Facebook Dilemma, Part 2 of 2

 

FRONTLINE examines Facebook’s response to charges that it promotes “fake news” and disrupts American politics. Included: the company’s role sowing division worldwide; and the challenges that face the social media platform.

 

 

HIKI NŌ
HIKI NŌ Class of 2018 Special, Part 2 of 4

HIKI NŌ Episode #923: Class of 2018 Part 2 of 4

 

This is the second of four specials in which outstanding HIKI NŌ graduates from the Class of 2018 gathered at PBS Hawaiʻi to discuss their HIKI NŌ experiences and how they feel the skills they learned from HIKI NŌ will help them in college, the workplace and life.

 

 

This episode features Tyler Bright, who graduated from Waiʻanae High School in West Oʻahu and is now majoring in biology at Chaminade University in Honolulu; Ronald Crivello-Kahihikolo, who graduated from Konawaena High School on the Kona side of Hawaiʻi Island and is now majoring in journalism at Emerson College in Boston; and Marlena Lang, who graduated from Kauaʻi High School in Līhue and is now majoring in broadcast journalism at Biola University in Southern California.

 

To start off the show, each graduate shows a HIKI NŌ story that they worked on and discusses what they learned from the experience of working on that particular story. Tyler presents her story “Voyaging Through Time,” about how members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society are passing their knowledge to the next generation. Ronald shows “The Red-Headed Hawaiian,” about a fair-skinned, red-headed Native Hawaiian who shed his unmotivated attitude toward school when he decided he wanted to become a doctor. Marlena cites her story “The Fact of You,” a personal essay about the search for one’s own truth in this often superficial age of social media and 24/7 news coverage.

 

This program encores Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

 

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Berlin

 

Olafur Eliasson considers the impact of art beyond the object in this preview of the upcoming Berlin episode from Season 9 of the Art in the Twenty-First Century television series. Featured artists include Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Hiwa K and Susan Philipsz.

 

 

HIKI NŌ
HIKI NŌ Class of 2018 Special, Part 1 of 4

 

Over the summer, twelve outstanding HIKI NŌ graduates from the class of 2018 gathered at PBS Hawai‘i to discuss their HIKI NŌ experiences and how they feel the skills they learned from HIKI NŌ will help them in college, the workplace and life. Their insightful and refreshingly honest conversations can be seen in four HIKI NŌ Class of 2018 Specials.

 

This first special features Brooke Kanna, who graduated from Kaua‘i High School in Līhu‘e and is now majoring in Cinema and Media Arts at Biola University in Southern California; Yasha Ronquillo, who graduated from Maui High School in Kahului and is now majoring in Applied Business and Information Technology at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College; and Grace Benton, who graduated from Kalāheo High School in Windward O‘ahu and is now majoring in Data Science at the University of San Francisco.

 

To start each episode, each graduate shows a HIKI NŌ story that they worked on and discusses what they learned from the experience of working on that particular story. Yasha presents her story “I Am Able,” about a middle school student with spina bifida who won’t let his handicap keep him from pursuing his dreams. Grace shows “Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop,” about the closing of a landmark Windward O‘ahu bakery. Brooke shows her story “J-1 Visa Program,” about a program run by McDonald’s that gives teenagers from foreign countries hands-on work experience.

 

This program encores Saturday, Sept. 22, at 12:00 pm and Sunday, Sept. 23, at 3:00 pm. You can also view HIKI NŌ episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino.

 

 

 

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