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NĀ MELE
Kawai Cockett and Darlene Ahuna

NĀ MELE Kawai Cockett and Darlene Ahuna

 

NĀ MELE features the traditional Hawaiian music of Darlene Ahuna and the late Kawai Cockett. In this vintage performance, Kawai Cockett is backed by Sam Sepitmo and Charlie Wahineho‘okae. Joining Darlene Ahuna are her husband J.J. Ahuna and Led Kaapana. Ha‘aheo Cockett provides hula artistry.

 

 

 

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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GREAT PERFORMANCES
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn – The Broadway Musical

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn - The Broadway Musical

 

Enjoy the hit Broadway adaptation of the classic 1942 movie musical, showcasing an Irving Berlin score, including the Oscar-winning “White Christmas.” The production features big dance numbers, comedy and a hit parade of the great songwriter’s famous tunes.

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES
Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148

GREAT PERFORMANCES – Michael Buble: Tour Stop 148

 

Michael Bublé presents a front row seat to his To Be Loved tour, which was seen globally by more than two million fans. The program features live performances of his biggest hits, including “Home,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” “Cry Me A River” and “Feelin’ Good.”

 

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Aretha! Queen of Soul

Aretha! Queen of Soul

 

Aretha Franklin, whose vocal power and songwriting vision defined a musical era and earned her the title “Queen of Soul,” died this week at 76. Her iconic hit songs like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” resonated with millions at a time when America’s civil rights movement was taking hold. Hari Sreenivasan anchors this PBS special on her journey and the legacy she leaves for future generations.

 

 

 

Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawai‘i

Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawai‘i

 

Recorded live in August 2018 at the historic Hawai‘i Theatre in Honolulu, this concert features Engelbert Humperdinck crooning more than five decades of his international hits, including “After the Lovin’,” “The Last Waltz,” “Release Me,” “A Man Without Love” and many others.

 

Engelbert Humperdinck in Hawai‘i

 

 

 

NĀ MELE
Ledward Kaapana and Family

 

On most Friday evenings, slack key artist Ledward Kaapana gets together with his neighbors to share potluck dishes, laughter and music. For Ledward, it’s a tradition that goes back to his younger days in Kalapana on the island of Hawaii. “When I was growing up, we used to have kani ka pila…everybody sit down and enjoy, listen to music,” Ledward remembers. This special Na Mele features Ledward and his sisters Lei Aken, Lehua Nash and Rhoda Kekona, playing their music in Ledward’s garage. Ledward’s falsetto voice leads off with “Nani,” and Lei, Lehua and Rhoda take vocal solos on “Kaneohe,” “Kalapana” and “Holei.”

 

 




GREAT PERFORMANCES
In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

GREAT PERFORMANCES - In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

 

Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in the Broadway musical In the Heights, which went on to win five Tony Awards. This documentary follows the cast and creative team as they embark on the greatest adventure of their young careers.

 

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
John Prine

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: John Prine

 

Hailed as “the Mark Twain of American songwriting” by Rolling Stone, John Prine (who made his ACL debut on Season 3 in 1978) makes his highly-anticipated eighth appearance on Austin City Limits with a new batch of songs from his just-released The Tree of Forgiveness.

 

 

 

 

NĀ MELE
Keali‘i Reichel

NĀ MELE: Guest artist Keali'i Reichel

 

Keali‘i Reichel has long established himself as one of Hawai‘i’s premier artists. His dedication to the perpetuation of Hawaiian language, song, chanting and hula has evolved into unique and personal performances that showcase the depth of Hawaiian culture for international audiences. This performance, recorded at the PBS Hawai‘i studio, excellently showcases his artistry.

 

 

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