Bank of Hawaii Foundation Grants $100,000 for PBS Hawai’i’s HIKI NO

Bank of Hawaii Foundation, an early backer of PBS Hawai‘i’s award-winning HIKI NŌ statewide student digital media initiative, has renewed its support with a $100,000 grant.

HIKI NŌ, primarily an education program, encourages students to hone progressive “real world” learning skills. These skills are showcased in a weekly on-air and online newscast, in which students meet national PBS professional journalism standards.

“Kudos to Leslie Wilcox and PBS Hawai‘i for championing HIKI NŌ and helping students from all islands to develop skills in a digital world,” said Peter S. Ho, Chairman, President and CEO of Bank of Hawaii. “HIKI NŌ students tell the stories of their communities with a voice and perspective that is powerful and authentic.”

Bank of Hawaii Foundation’s support dates back to the launch of HIKI NŌ in 2011. Since then, HIKI NŌ schools have become digital media stand-outs at local and national competitions.

At no cost to schools, HIKI NŌ serves 90 public, private and charter schools across the Islands, middle and high schools. Under the guidance of teachers, participating students create their stories of their communities after school hours. The Hawaii State Department of Education is considering making HIKI NŌ an official elective course in public schools.

Says PBS Hawai‘i Director of Learning Initiatives Robert Pennybacker: “Bank of Hawaii Foundation has helped open career paths to students by enabling them to gain the ability to problem-solve, persevere and meet deadlines with quality digital media work.”

Hawaii Mayors to Appear Live on PBS Hawaii’s ‘Insights’

All four Hawai‘i mayors are scheduled to appear on the January 26, 8:00 pm live broadcast of Insights on PBS Hawai‘i. Insights is also live streamed on

On August 18th, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim was on PBS Hawaii’s television show “Insights on PBS Hawaii“.

Alan Arakawa (Maui County), Kirk Caldwell (Honolulu County), Bernard Carvalho (Kaua‘i County) and Harry Kim (Hawai‘i County) will be discussing priorities for each of their counties, as they face 2017 with new city and county councils, and a new state legislative session. Two of them, Caldwell and Kim, are also beginning new terms.

As controversial issues including GMOs and commercial real estate development continue to take hold, the mayors will discuss increasing divisions across and within the counties, and how each island county can work together as a unified state.

Insights on PBS Hawai‘i is a public affairs program that airs live on Thursday nights at 8:00 on PBS Hawai‘i and

PBS Hawaii Hires Cheryl Oncea as New Advancement VP

PBS Hawaii has hired Cheryl Oncea as its new Vice President of Advancement. Oncea will head fundraising initiatives at PBS Hawaii, a non-profit media organization and Hawaii’s only statewide public television station.

Cheryl Oncea

Cheryl Oncea

Oncea has 25 years’ experience in Hawaii’s media landscape, leading sales and advertising teams at KSSK Radio, KHON2, Pacific Business News, KGMB and most recently, Hawaii News Now.

PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox said, “Cheryl is very skilled and creative in generating revenue support for media enterprises. We’re her first nonprofit, but she knows us well, as an avid viewer and industry colleague.”

“I am thrilled that my career path has led me to this opportunity to join PBS Hawaii,” Oncea stated. “It is a rare chance to work at a locally owned television station with the specific mission of serving our community and advancing learning and discovery.”

Major Players in Energy Debate for Live Televised Discussion

Should the state allow a major Florida company, NextEra Energy, to buy Hawaii’s largest public utility provider, Hawaiian Electric?

PBS Hawaii Presents

This week, PBS Hawaii’s live public affairs program, Insights on PBS Hawaii, brings together some of the leading figures on different sides of this hotly contested issue.

President of NextEra Energy Hawaii Eric Gleason; Representative Chris Lee, Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection; Jeffrey Ono, Executive Director of Consumer Advocacy for the State of Hawaii; and HECO President and CEO Alan Oshima have agreed to take part in this live unscripted discussion about the potential merger of Hawaiian Electric Industries and its subsidiaries and NextEra Energy, and the future of Hawaii’s largest power utility, on Insights at 8:00 pm Thursday, October 22. Daryl Huff will moderate the discussion. Viewer questions are welcome.

While NextEra Energy says the proposed multi-billion-dollar merger would provide a more affordable clean energy future for Hawaii, opponents have concerns over how a merger might impact consumers and Hawaii’s renewable energy goals. The proposed deal also has prompted some to examine the merits of other options, such as utility cooperatives and county-run utilities.

The one-hour program also will be streamed live at Viewers are encouraged to phone in questions at (808) 973-1000 or (800) 238-4847; send an email to ; or tweet the hashtag #PBSInsights on Twitter.

Big Island Schools Join Forces to Host PBS Hawaii HIKI NŌ News Program

For the first time, students from four schools representing diverse, rural Hawaii Island communities will join forces to host an episode of PBS Hawaii’s student news program, HIKI NŌ:

  • Kau High School in Pahala
  • Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana in Waimea
  • Kua o ka La Public Charter School – Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy in Milolii
  • Volcano School of Arts & Sciences in Volcano

This will be the first HIKI NŌ appearance for all four schools. The episode is scheduled to premiere Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.

Hiki No

From March 31 through April 4, HIKI NŌ Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker, Managing Editor Susan Yim and Editor/Assistant Producer Lawrence Pacheco will visit each school to train students and teachers on their responsibilities as “home-base,” or host, schools. Photos from these sessions will be available for publication after the training period.

Among the students’ host duties will be to present notable facts about their communities.

“One of the key goals of HIKI NŌ is to teach students the skills to tell visual stories about their communities, especially remote communities rarely covered by traditional media outlets,” Pennybacker said. “It’s important for the people of Hawaii to get a glimpse of unique communities across the state, and to give students in those communities a voice.”

Other Hawaii Island schools participating in HIKI NŌ:

  • Connections New Century Public Charter School
  • Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy
  • Hilo Intermediate School
  • Hilo High School
  • Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Middle School
  • Kamehameha Schools Hawaii High School
  • Keaau High School
  • Kealakehe High School
  • Konawaena High School
  • Waiakea High School
  • Waiakea Intermediate School
  • West Hawaii Explorations Academy

Big Island Student Wins 2014 Hawaii State Spelling Bee… “P-L-A-N-G-E-N-C-Y””

Christianne Abella, an eighth grader at Konawaena Middle School on Hawaii Island, emerged as the 2014 champion of the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee at PBS Hawaii Saturday night.

Christianne Abella

Christianne Abella

Christianne will represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 25-31. The national bee is televised live on ESPN.

Christianne’s winning word was “plangency” – the quality of a loud, resounding sound.

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer

Runner-up Hope Kudo, another eighth grader from Hawaii Island, represented Kealakehe Intermediate School. She and Christianne were this year’s Hawaii Island co-champions.

The other 12 contestants were:

  1. Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6 – Kauai
  2. Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8 – Leeward Oahu
  3. John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Central Oahu
  4. Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
  5. Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
  6. Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7 – Windward Oahu
  7. Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5 – Leeward Oahu
  8. Leila Nelson of Kapaa Middle School, Grade 7 – Kauai
  9. Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5 – Windward Oahu
  10. Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Maui
  11. Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8 – Central Oahu
  12. Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4 – Maui

A Tree Grows on Nimitz Highway… Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Awards PBS Hawaii $5 Million Grant

Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation

Hawaii’s only public television station today announced that The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has awarded PBS Hawaii a $5 million grant to help the organization build a new home in Honolulu. The educational nonprofit organization has an urgent need for a new facility because it is losing its lease at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where it has occupied space for more than 40 years.


HIKI NŌ Premieres Monday on PBS Hawaii

Hawaii Students from 55 Public, Private and Charter Schools Deliver an Historic Launch Season of Programming  from the Nation’s First Statewide

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They’re on the verge of making history. Several hundred students from Kauai, Niihau, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island are working feverishly on their first newscasts – their opportunity to tell the stories of their communities to a statewide television audience and on the worldwide web.

With the guidance of their teachers and support from the PBS Hawaii team – Hiki Nō Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker , Managing Editor Sue Yim, and Producer/Editor Lawrence Pacheco – these students are creating the first statewide student news network in the nation.  Each newscast will be produced by an average of nine school teams.

The Bank of Hawaii Foundation donated $100,000 and will be the exclusive Hiki Nō broadcast and webcast underwriter.  “There are stories unique to every community on every island, and Hiki Nō allows students to share their perspectives on community issues with all of us,” said Donna Tanoue, President of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation.  “We’re looking forward to seeing students tell their stories their way.”

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President & CEO, said, “We deeply appreciate the Bank of Hawaii Foundation’s investment in the future, giving students across the state equal access to a powerful learning vehicle for 21st-century skills. The program builds critical thinking and teamwork, and we’ll see collaborative leaders emerge.”

In this first season, Hiki Nō will air every Monday at 5 PM, starting February 28, with encores scheduled for Mondays @ 5 pm, Tuesdays @ 12:30 pm, Fridays @ 9:30 pm, Saturdays @ 12:30 pm, and Sundays @ 3:00 pm.  Hiki Nō programs will also be available at

Participation in Hiki Nō is open to all middle and high schools in the state at no cost. School teams producing the debut newscast are:

  • Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School , Kauai
  • Kalani High School , East Honolulu
  • Kamehameha Schools Kapālama High School
  • Kawananakoa Middle School, Nuuanu
  • Konawaena High School , West Hawaii Island
  • Maui High School, Kahului
  • Maui Waena Intermediate School, Kahului
  • Sacred Hearts Academy , Kaimuki
  • Waipahu High School , Central Oahu

Major Development Funding for Hiki Nō is from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, Hawaii Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and citizens of Hawaii .

For more information on Hiki Nō go to or contact Susan Yim , Managing Editor for Hiki Nō at

PBS Hawaii Presents “A Conversation with America ’s Poet Laureate: W.S. Merwin”

Program Will Premiere for Hawaii Audiences Thursday, February 24th at 8:30PM Before Airing on PBS Stations Across the Country

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and longtime Maui resident W.S. Merwin is America ’s Poet Laureate.  This honor had never been bestowed upon a Hawaii resident; let alone a writer who wants to be known as a Hawaii poet.  True to this conviction, Mr. Merwin insisted on presenting himself to the world from Hawaii with an interviewer from Hawaii .


Leslie Wilcox talks story with Mr. Merwin

PBS Hawaii CEO and veteran journalist Leslie Wilcox spoke with Mr. Merwin at his lush, secluded home on Maui ’s northern coast, where he and his wife Paula cultivate one of the world’s largest collections of endangered palm trees.

Flowing through the hour-long program,  produced by PBS Hawaii,  are readings from his work and his thoughts about poetry, literature, the power of words, Hawaiian myth and values, conservation, the future of mankind and much more.  In the end, a never-before-seen portrait of the man and the artist emerges.


Merwin's garden

Merwin is the seventeenth United States Poet Laureate.  He has published 26 collections of poetry and received numerous honors and awards in a career that spans more than six decades.

William Stanley Merwin was born in New York City in September of 1927, the son of a strict Presbyterian minister. He was raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania .  As a child, he listened to and was moved by the language of the King James Version of the Bible and the children’s poetry his mother often read to him. With a gift for languages, he graduated from Princeton University in 1948, and then traveled, living for many years, alternately, in Europe and the United States .

In 1976, Merwin moved to Hawaii to study Buddhism with the revered Zen master, Robert Aitken.  Besides being a widely read poet and accomplished literary translator, Merwin is also recognized for his commitment to the environment.  For the last thirty five years the Hawaiian Islands have been Merwin’s home.

Because Merwin wishes to be represented to the world through this interview, selections from it will also be made available to media outlets around the globe.

Marche Kawai Joins the PBS Hawaii Staff as Director of Business Support


Marche Kawai Will Focus on Building New and Diverse Partnerships with the Local Business Community


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Television Account Executive Marche Kawai brings a successful track record of nearly a decade to her new position with PBS Hawaii . Kawai will work with the local business community that provides underwriting funds for the station’s broadcast programming and broadband content, as well as education initiatives and community outreach.

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President & CEO said, “It’s been 10 years since Hawaii ’s public television station became an independent private nonprofit, no longer supported by State taxpayer funding.  We’ve made the transition successfully, and yet we know the next decade will bring new challenges and require a new revenue model for enhancing underwriting opportunities.  Marche has a gift for creating and customizing community-minded partnerships with Hawaii businesses.”

Kawai joined PBS Hawaii Tuesday, October 12th.  Prior to her new position she was an account executive at KHON2 and KGMB9.

Candidates Abercrombie & Aiona – Djou & Hanabusa Will Appear on PBS Hawaii October 14th

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In an unprecedented edition of Insights on PBS Hawaii , host Dan Boylan will be joined by the leading candidates for Governor and U.S. Congress for two back-to-back conversations.  Candidates Abercrombie and Aiona will be first to join Boylan for a conversation beginning at 7PM on Thursday, October 14.   Without interruption for commercials or station breaks, for the next 45 minutes these candidates will answer Boylan’s questions as well as questions submitted by the public via phone, email and a live Insights blog forum.

Immediately following Abercrombie and Aiona, the leading candidates for Hawaii ’s 1st Congressional district, Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa, will sit down with Boylan for their turn answering questions in the same live conversation format.

“The format is civil discourse.  Disarmingly simple–and yet the exchanges are sometimes profound,” said Leslie Wilcox , PBS Hawaii President and CEO.

“We should expect our leaders of differing perspectives to disagree in a civilized manner, and to truly listen instead of just waiting to speak. We ask that candidates show the sense of respect and fairness that governs normal conversation.”

To accommodate the earlier 7PM start time of this special 90-minute edition of Insights , PBS NewsHour will move to 6PM on this night only.  Insights’ encore broadcasts will be scheduled on Friday night, October 15th at 9:30PM and Sunday afternoon, October 17th at 3PM.  The entire program will be available online at on Friday morning following Thursday’s live broadcast.

Trustees from T.C. Ching Foundation Present Check for $100,000 to PBS Hawaii for Hiki Nō Student News Network

Trustees from T.C. Ching Foundation present check for $100,000 to PBS Hawaii for Hiki Nō Student News Network. Students from Waianae High School , Maui High School , Moanalua High School , Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School , and Ke Kula Ni’ihau O Kekaha Charter School attended the presentation January 11, 2010

Hawaii’s only public television broadcaster formally announced at a news conference today the station will work with the state’s public, private and charter high schools and middle schools to create a statewide student news network.

Student newscasts and other content will be made available on PBS Hawaii’s broadcast and webplatforms. The model is the first of its kind in the country, and the TV station has branded it Hiki Nō – the Hawaiian phrase for “Can Do.”

PBS Hawaii is a private, non-profit organization, so the station must secure funding through grants and private donations. Today the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation stepped up to become the first major local funder of Hiki Nō, giving $100,000…

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PBS Hawaii Invites All Middle & High Schools in Hawaii To Build the Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network

Hiki Nō “Can Do” Model Gains Major Local Funder
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Hawaii’s only public television broadcaster formally announced at a news conference today the station will work with the state’s public, private and charter high schools and middle schools to create a statewide student news network.  Student newscasts and other content will be made available on PBS Hawaii’s broadcast and web platforms.  The model is the first of its kind in the country, and the TV station has branded it Hiki Nō – the Hawaiian phrase for “Can Do.”

PBS Hawaii is a private, non-profit organization, so the station must secure funding through grants and private donations.  Today the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation stepped up to become the first major local funder of Hiki Nō, giving $100,000.

“We see this as a bold and innovative project that understands our young people, growing up in the digital age, and it knows how to prepare them to succeed,” said Ching trustee Kenneth Okamoto.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded PBS Hawaii one of its largest grants last year, $200,000, for Hiki Nō.

“Nationally, this student-based news program is recognized as a groundbreaking step into the future of education.  And we want everyone in our community to embrace and support what our young people are doing to help lead us as a community,” said Robert Alm, Board Chair of PBS Hawaii.

Last week the station announced that veteran journalist, Susan Yim, had signed on as Managing Editor for Hiki Nō.  Today Yim said, “Hiki Nō will create a network of student storytellers to take us into their communities and humanize the issues that concern them. I’m looking forward to facilitating the collaboration among participating teachers and schools, ensuring editorial and technical standards as students introduce us to new ways to deliver news.”

Leaders of the public, private and charter schools in Hawaii see a model like Hiki Nō as an opportunity for students to develop the skills and competencies they’ll need for the 21st century.

“This is a vehicle for transformational change in Hawaii ,” PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox said. “It puts students and learning first. And it provides value to educators.”

The students will be connected via a web-based virtual newsroom.  This will eliminate the geographic boundaries so that teams of students from schools on different islands can work together under the Hiki Nō brand, producing stories about things that matter. About 30 schools throughout the state have already expressed an interest in working together to build the Hiki Nō network and collaborate on the creation of content for broadcast and web casts.

For the past several years, a small but growing group of Hawaii schools has emerged victorious at national competitions and they’ve established themselves as skilled communicators and storytellers.

Today students from Waianae High School , Maui High School , Kauai’s Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School and Ke Kula Ni’ihau O Kekaha Charter School, Moanalua High School , and Mid-Pacific Institute attended the news conference.

Last November, Waianae High School and Intermediate School , Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School , Maui High School and Waimea High School were all award recipients at the national Student Television Network competition. They competed against schools with some of the strongest media programs in the country.  Waianae High School took first place in the Best Overall Category and the two local middle schools, Waianae and Chiefess Kamakahelei of Kauai, swept 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the middle school competition.

At the news conference, PBS Hawaii previewed a campaign it will use to introduce Hiki Nō to TV viewers and the online community. In the near future, the station will also begin airing a sampling of stories produced by students.

The timeline for launching the first Hiki Nō inter-school newscast is early 2011 and the station plans to schedule the local newscast produced by the students between BBC World News and PBS NewsHour.   Plans call for producing one newscast per week initially and gradually adding additional newscasts to the weekly schedule. Between the fall of 2011 and the following spring, the network will become a six-day-a-week broadcast and web program.  Newscasts will air every weekday with a recap edition on weekends – a total of 3 hours of new content each week.

Tax-deductible donations in support of Hiki Nō may be made via the PBS Hawaii website  Organizations interested in becoming underwriters in support of helping Hawaii ’s schools with this bold education initiative should contact Lucy Ahn , VP Corporate & Foundation Support at PBS Hawaii (

For more information on Hiki Nō contact Linda Brock  (973.1383)

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PBS Hawaii Names Susan Yim Managing Editor for Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network

Susan Yim

Veteran Journalist Signs On to Launch Hiki Nō, A  Bold, New Collaboration with Public, Private and Charter Schools

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PBS Hawaii, the islands’ public television station, announced today that respected reporter and editor, Susan Yim, has been selected as Managing Editor for the station’s major education initiative, Hiki Nō.

This is the first of two upcoming announcements, as Hawaii’s only public television broadcaster and private non-profit formally launches a multi-media initiative and statewide education model that will be the first of its kind in the country.

Yim’s role will be crucial  in establishing collaboration among schools and maintaining editorial standards of stories produced by the students for prominent placement on PBS Hawaii ’s broadcast schedule and web platforms beginning early next year.  Yim spent 20 years in daily journalism as a reporter and editor and later worked with nonprofits and businesses to improve the way they tell stories about what they do.

“Sue will draw upon a wealth of experience to work for a better future,” Leslie Wilcox , PBS Hawaii ’s President and CEO, said.

Wilcox said, “Hiki Nō will unify Hawaii ’s students in developing skills for the 21st-century workforce, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication.  School teams will lead the nation in shaping statewide newscasts in an inclusive ‘virtual newsroom.’”

Hiki Nō (the Hawaiian phrase for “can do”) has been presented independently to the leadership of the Hawaii ’s public and charter schools, as well as the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, and received their enthusiastic support.  The program augments and expands what schools are able to do, overcoming geographical and economic barriers.

“Hiki Nō gives our students an opportunity to be first,” Yim said.  “They will create the model, and in the process learn and use the skills they’ll need to be successful, engaged citizens of the 21st century.”

Next week PBS Hawaii will hold a news conference with further details, including timeline and funding.  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is the first funder, giving PBS Hawaii one of the two largest grants of their kind last year in support of launching Hiki Nō.

Sunday on PBS: Fellowship of the Whales

In Hawaii, where new land is born as volcanic rock, another birth takes place. A baby humpback enters the world and joins the 3,000 or more whales that congregate in the warm waters off Hawaii each winter to mate and give birth. This is the story of her first year of life.


Fellowship of the Whales premieres on PBS Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 7pm HAWAII TIME and is part of the 28th season of the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series produced by Thirteen in association with WNET.ORG for PBS.

More info here: Fellowship of the Whales

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 –

PBS Hawaii Selects ACM’s First Program for Statewide Broadcast

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Statehood Special from Academy For Creative Media

Premieres Thursday Night Followed by Live Insights Panel Discussion

State of Aloha – a one-hour statehood documentary from the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media – will be part of a special 2-hour Insights on PBS Hawaii Thursday, August 27, at 7:30PM.  This will be the first program from ACM to be broadcast to a statewide audience.

Following the State of Aloha broadcast,   Insights moderator Dan Boylan will be joined by a special panel:  Journalist Helen Altonn – with Star-Bulletin for 54 years; Kekuni Blaisdell, MD – Professor of Medicine University of Hawaii at Manoa & Hawaiian Sovereignty Activist; John Waihee – Former Hawaii Governor (1986-1994); and Jon Okamura – Professor, Ethnic Studies Dept. University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Insights viewers and web followers can join the live discussions each week by calling in questions (973-1000) or emailing – insights, as well as following the discussion on – pbshawaii and the Insights LIVE blog forum at

State of Aloha was a four-year research documentary project produced by ACM students and professional mentors.  Producer/Director Ann Misawa says ACM pitched a research topic on Hawaii Statehood and received funding from a General Services Administration grant intended for research.  Misawa says, “We were free to explore the topic as we saw fit….   What I have heard from students over and over is that they were surprised by this or that element of history they were not aware of earlier.”

The title State of Aloha was taken from a sermon concerning statehood given by Reverend Abraham Akaka March 13, 1959.

This special 2-hour edition of Insights on PBS Hawaii will be rebroadcast in its entirety on Friday evening, August 28th from 10:30PM-12:30AM and on Sunday, August 30th from 3-5PM.

For More Information

Linda Brock – 973-1383 –

Robert Alm to Head PBS Hawaii Board of Directors

Robert Alm

Robert Alm

Hawaii’s only public television station, PBS Hawaii, has a new Board Chair—Robert Alm, Executive Vice President of Hawaiian Electric Company, succeeding longtime Chair Neil Hannahs.  Alm is also the new Board Chair of another nonprofit organization, Enterprise Honolulu, and teaches a graduate course in leadership at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Other members of the PBS Hawaii Board Executive Committee are Vice Chair, auto executive Ronald Hansen; Secretary, Timothy Johns, CEO of Bishop Museum; and Treasurer, Big Island building supply executive Jason Fujimoto.

In addition, four new members joined the PBS Hawaii Board of Directors: marketer Ian Kitajima, musical artist Kawika Kahiapo, governmental affairs specialist Ken Hiraki, and community development executive Marissa Sandblom.  PBS Hawaii Board members are unpaid and serve three-year terms.

PBS Hawaii, an educational media organization, is the home of high-quality television programs including Sesame Street , Nova, Na Mele, and many documentaries, which are broadcast without commercial interruption.

The viewer-supported organization, located in Manoa, bought a parcel of land along Nimitz Highway and plans to build its future home there.

The PBS Hawaii Board of Directors:

ROBERT ALM (Chair)  – Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Hawaiian Electric Company

RONALD HANSEN (Vice Chair)   –  VP and COO King Automotive Group

TIM JOHNS (Secretary)   –  President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Museum

JASON FUJIMOTO (Treasurer)  –  Vice President & Director of Corporate Operations for Hawaii Planing Mill, Ltd.

ANDREW AOKI – Co-founder of 3Point, a Hawaii-based firm that thinks strategically about the organizational, analytical, and political facets of creating public value

CAROLYN BERRY —  2003 recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Jefferson Award and  a board member for Adult Friends for Youth, Diamond Head Theatre, Chaminade University and Hawaii Youth Symphony

JIMMY BORGES – Renowned entertainer and recipient of Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement award

KEIKI-PUA DANCIL, PH.D. – Executive Vice President of Business Operations for Hawaii Chitopure

ROBIN PUANANI DANNER – Founding President & CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

GUY FUJIMURA – Secretary/Treasurer of ILWU Local 142

KEN HIRAKI – Attorney and Government Affairs Director for Hawaiian Telcom

ALAN HOFFMAN – Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Hawaiian Airlines

HŌKULANI HOLT-PADILLA –   Director of Cultural Programs, Maui Arts & Cultural Center

JOAN LEE HUSTED – Retired Executive Director of Hawaii State Teachers Association

KAWIKA KAHIAPO –  Three-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, as a master of slack key guitar, composer, musician and member of the band Kaukahi

IAN KITAJIMA – Marketing Manager of Oceanit, a leading Honolulu-based international tech company

THOMAS KOIDE – Senior Executive Vice President & Manager Hawaii Branch Division for Bank of Hawaii

BILL MILLS – Chairman of The Mills Group.  Also serves on the boards of Grace Pacific Corporation, Iolani School , Hawaii Pacific University and St. Andrew’s Priory

CAMERON NEKOTA – Director of Kapolei Property Development, LLC, an affiliate of the James Campbell Company, LLC.

MARISSA SANDBLOM – Vice President of Kauai-based Grove Farm Company and President of the Grove Farm Company Foundation

DAVID WATUMULL – Co-founder, President & CEO of Cardax Pharmaceuticals.  Co-inventor of the initial Cardax technology

The Graying of Hawaii

Media Release

The Graying of Hawaii, an independently produced documentary on Hawaii’s elder care crisis, will make its television broadcast premiere on PBS Hawaii in a special episode of the station’s live public affairs show— Insights on PBS Hawaii —Thursday, June 18th, at 7:30 p.m.

Produced by Marc Delorme and Audrey Kubota, the 56-minute-long independent documentary takes a hard look at long-term care, aging-in-place, family caregiving, and the need for government agencies that serve seniors and their caregivers to prepare for the enormous demographic growth of our elder population.

According the filmmakers, “the State of Hawaii has one of the fastest growing aging populations.  The long-term care crisis is already here, with a shortage of nursing home beds and a lack of services enabling senior citizens to ‘age-in-place’ at home.”

State of Hawaii and City and County of Honolulu officials who deal with these and other issues related to elder care were asked to be interviewed for the documentary, but declined.  PBS Hawaii will give the State and City a chance to tell their sides of the story in a live panel discussion that will immediately follow the broadcast of the film.  Insights host Dan Boylan will moderate.

As is the case with all Insights on PBS Hawaii shows, viewers are invited to call, e-mail, or “twitter” in their questions and comments about the topic.

With the film and the live panel discussion, Insights on PBS Hawaii : The Graying of Hawaii will run a full two hours.  The two hour program will repeat on PBS Hawaii Friday June 19th at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday June 21st at 3:00 p.m.

Here is the PBS Hawaii Twitter Account

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PBS Hawaii… South Points Connection to TV Land

CEO of PBS Hawaii Leslie Wilcox talks about some of the woes that it takes to get PBS Hawaii to the residents on the Southern tip of the Big Island.

Her most recent blog, “For Crying Out Loud, in South Point” she mentions:

…The only “free” TV is PBS Hawaii. We’re the only over-the-air broadcaster that spends time, energy and money to reach the under-served in a large southeastern area of Hawaii Island.

We do it through a series of translator stations, which pick up our signal in Hilo, and pass it along, all the way down to Na’alehu and South Point.  We must go to out-of-the-way places to build and maintain these translators…

PBS Hawaii is the only channel that I DVR now and I rarely watch television much these days.

I’m glad that the folks down in South Point don’t have to scream… “We want our MTV… err PBS”