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INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
What’s it Going to Take? Managing Tourism in Hawaiʻi

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: What’s it Going to Take? Managing Tourism in Hawaiʻi

 

This week’s INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI is a special edition, expanded to 90 minutes, asking What’s it Going to Take? Managing Tourism in Hawaiʻi. The tourism industry is one of the State’s largest employers and has been the driving force of our economy. But there are costs to the arrival of more than 10 million visitors each year, including overcrowded beaches, traffic and the wear and tear on natural treasures. The coronavirus pandemic is now crippling the visitor industry. This could be a rare opportunity to reshape the future of tourism in Hawaiʻi. You can join the conversation by phoning in, or leave us a comment on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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NATURE
Soul of the Elephant

NATURE: Soul of the Elephant

 

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. This film, shot over two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of two great storytellers of natural history.

 

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NATURE
Big Birds Can’t Fly

NATURE: Big Birds Can't Fly

 

This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things – feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing, and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Flightless birds include ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis, and, interestingly, all have evolved independent of each other on different continents. Research has shown that some of these big birds at one time could fly, but once the dinosaurs were wiped out, these same birds no longer needed to take flight from their enemies. As they began to explore a world rich with food and free from predators, they grew fat, and their legs grew long and strong – until the day they discovered that although they had become good at walking, they’d also become too heavy to fly.

 

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Grand Coulee Dam

 

Grand Coulee was more than a dam – it was a proclamation. In the wake of the Great Depression, America turned from private enterprise to public works, not simply to provide jobs, but to restore faith. The ultimate expression of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Grand Coulee played a central role in transforming the Northwest; it was the largest hydroelectric power-producing facility in the world when it was completed in March 1941. After WWII, a vast irrigation project made possible by the dam helped turn the barren deserts of central Washington into rich farmland. But the dam prevented access to one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world. Deprived of the salmon, their most important resource, the native people who lived along the Columbia experienced a profound cultural decline. Featuring the men and women who lived and worked at Grand Coulee and the native people whose lives were changed, as well as historians and engineers, this film explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the project’s legacy.

 

PBS Hawaiʻi’s New Home

 

Welcome to PBS Hawaiʻi’s New Home, the Clarence T.C. Ching Campus


Here is PBS Hawaiʻi’s open-concept new home, designed for collaboration, transparency and flexibility.

 

 

In May of 2016, we moved into the two-story building at the corner of Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu. It functions beautifully as a place to create, acquire and distribute stories that matter to the islands that we serve.

 

 

Interior square footage is 30,000 square feet, which includes a large television/multimedia studio and a smaller second studio which doubles as PBS Hawaiʻi’s Board Room. There also is ample, cheerful space in which to hold events and meet with community members.

 

We are ever grateful to the people of Hawaiʻi and others who provided this place where people and ideas come together.

 

Our sincere and heartfelt Mahalo to our supporters, the people of Hawai‘i

 


 

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INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
The Honolulu Zoo: A Fall from Grace

 

The Honolulu Zoo lost its accreditation after the Association of Zoos and Aquariums determined that the zoo receives inadequate funding from the City and community partners, and suffers from inconsistent leadership and political wrangling. City leaders vow to turn things around. The question is: How? On INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I, we’ll examine with Zoo Director Baird Fleming and other animal advocates with differing perspectives.

 

Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.

 

Phone Lines:
462-5000 on Oahu or 800-238-4847 on the Neighbor Islands.

 

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NATURE
Raising the Dinosaur Giant

 

Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet? Deep in a South American desert, a giant is being awakened after 101 million years of sleep. Paleontologists have discovered a giant femur – the largest dinosaur bone that has ever been unearthed. Another 200 bones from the same species have also been discovered. Sir David Attenborough guides us through the remarkable journey of waking the giant as it happens – connecting the dots, translating the paleo jargon and explaining the revelations using living examples, other dinosaur discoveries and CGI visuals.

 

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