Sesame Street

Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration


Sesame Street is all ready for its 50th anniversary celebration with host Joseph Gordon Levitt and featuring classic Sesame Street songs sung by some of today’s most beloved celebrities. All the muppets and cast members celebrate 50 years of the street where everyone is welcome.




A Capitol Fourth


Celebrate America’s 243rd birthday with an Independence Day celebration featuring Carole King, the Broadway cast of Beautiful featuring Vanessa Carlton, the Muppets of Sesame Street, Lindsey Stirling, Keala Settle, Vanessa Williams, Lee Brice, Gone West featuring Colbie Caillat, Yolanda Adams, Laine Hardy, Angelica Hale, Maelyn Jarmon, Maestro Jack Everly conducting the NSO and hosted again by John Stamos!


This program will encore later in the evening at 9:30 pm.


A Capitol Fourth





Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Featuring Rolando Villazón

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazón


Experience Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Rolando Villazón, a one-hour holiday spectacular featuring the world- renowned operatic tenor Villazón as guest artist and narrator.


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis


Hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Joining Osnes and Jarvis are four distinguished Metropolitan Opera soloists.


Jim Henson


This biographical profile uses Jim Henson’s most memorable quotes to frame his life story. Follow Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work, his breakthroughs with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, his fantasy films of the 1980s to his sudden death in 1990.


Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Featuring Santino Fontana and the Sesame Street Muppe


Renowned star of stage and song Santino Fontana and the Muppets from Sesame Street join the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah for a magical holiday extravaganza. The concert includes a rendition of a classic carol from Sesame Street, “Keep Christmas with You,” as well as “Sing a Christmas Carol” from Scrooge, and inspiring arrangements of sacred Christmas music.


Let’s Dance – With Sesame Street Live

Saturday, July 11th

Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall

Get Your VIP Ticket Package Today – Call 973-1375!


With a contribution of $100 to PBS Hawaii, 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) and the opportunity to take photos with two Sesame Street Live characters!


You may select from either of the following VIP Package options:
• Package 1: Saturday, 7/11 – 9:00 a.m. Pre-Show Party + 10:30 a.m. Show Start
• Package 2: Saturday, 7/11 – 12:30 p.m. Pre-Show Party + 2:00 p.m. Show Start
• Package 3: Saturday, 7/11 – 4:00 p.m. Pre-Show Party + 5:30 p.m. Show Start


For more information or to reserve your VIP package, please call 973-1375. Seating is limited so call today!

Let's Dance with Sesame Street Live

Sesame Street


SESAME STREET is funded in part by a Ready To Learn cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education through PBS.


Sesame Street, the recipient of 85 Emmys, engages children with its unique blend of excitement, humor, and compassion. Sesame Street helps children learn and grow in a constantly changing, continually challenging environment.


The Sesame Street format now includes brand new segments, smoother transitions, and a deeper focus on school readiness. Daily segments include “Journey to Ernie,” a problem solving game of hide-and-seek, and the wildly popular “Elmo’s World.” Children can also expect a daily dose of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and the Count.


For children 2 to 4 years old.


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Series Goals
Sesame Street encourages children to:


  • Take beginning steps toward reading, writing, mathematics and science.
  • Appreciate cultural diversity by modeling people who differ in appearance, action, or point of view playing together, working together, making friends, and resolving conflicts.
  • Appreciate the arts in a variety of forms including visual art, music, and dance and create their own art as they develop the concept, “I am an artist.”
  • Learn about the body and how to keep it healthy and safe.


Helping Kids Prepare for School
Sesame Street is built around a comprehensive, whole child curriculum created by in-house child psychologists and educators. Every segment, every song, and every story is designed to educate young viewers about a specific lesson – and every year the curriculum focus changes to address the current educational needs of children.


When to Watch
Find out when SESAME STREET airs in your area, and also get episode descriptions and related activities!



Thankful for a Beloved Feathered Friend


Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii

You might think that Big Bird would make himself scarce at Thanksgiving time. After all, he could be mistaken for a holiday feast!


However, it was on a Thanksgiving Day that Big Bird was front and center in one of the most powerful programs that the groundbreaking series Sesame Street has ever produced.


The year was 1983. The broadcast aired during the first week of a new Sesame Street season–on the holiday, so that parents were home with their children to discuss the program.


Our tall feathered friend helped children to understand death and grief.


The episode was called “Farewell, Mr. Hooper.” Will Lee, the actor who played the gruff but good-hearted store owner, had died of a heart attack. They’d grown to love the grumpy grocer through his many chats with Big Bird, who came in to buy birdseed milkshakes.

Big Bird, Our Feathered Friend

The question for show producers was: How do we explain Mr. Hooper’s absence? Had he gone on vacation, never to be seen or mentioned again? Had he moved away?


No. Producers said they followed their instincts to “deal with [death] head-on.” First, they researched how preschoolers react to death. Experts advised them to stay away from how Mr. Hooper died and provide their young viewers with a sense of closure about Mr. Hooper’s passing.


Head writer Norman Stiles is quoted as saying: “We decided to say that while Mr. Hooper was not here anymore, we will always have that part of him that lives within the heart, that we have our love, and that it will always stay.”


The episode ends with a tearful Big Bird saying he’s going to miss Mr. Hooper and hanging Mr. Hooper’s picture near his nest. Then he leaves to see a new baby visiting the neighborhood.


Like many children’s shows scattered over the TV universe, Sesame Street entertains. And, like other PBS children’s shows, it has always done something deeper and lasting: it teaches.


So, at Thanksgiving, we at PBS Hawaii toast a dear, not-for-eating “big bird” who has brought new dimension to young lives!



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