PBS HAWAII Presents a Special Preview Screening of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a Film By Ken Burns

In partnership with the National Park Service and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association, PBS Hawaii is inviting the public to attend this special preview at the Arizona Memorial Museum Theater on Sunday, September 20, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required by calling (808) 973-0289 before Monday, September 14.

The 12-hour, six-part documentary series will air nightly on PBS Hawaii from Sunday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. through Friday, October 2.  Directed by Ken Burns, it is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: The most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.

Filmed over the course of more than six years – from the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, and Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii…


…the documentary is nonetheless a story of people from every background, who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so, reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

The narrative traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years.  Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and stunning cinematography, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.  It is simultaneously a biography of compelling characters and of the American landscape.

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA ’S BEST IDEA is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.  Director/producer: Ken Burns.  Producer/writer: Dayton Duncan .  Co-producers: Craig Mellish, Julie Dunfey and David McMahon.  Supervising editor: Paul Barnes.  Episode editors: Paul Barnes, Erik Ewers and Craig Mellish.  Cinematography: Buddy Squires, with Allen Moore, Lincoln Else and Ken Burns.  Narrator: Peter Coyote.

Funding is provided by General Motors; Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Park Foundation, Inc.; Public Broadcasting Service; National Park Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; The Pew Charitable Trusts; and Bank of America.

For More Information

Christina Kanemoto – 973-1187 – ckanemoto@pbshawaii.org