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PBS Hawaii Selects ACM’s First Program for Statewide Broadcast

Media Release:

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 @pbshawaii.org, as well as following the discussion on twitter.com – pbshawaii and the Insights LIVE blog forum at pbshawaii.org.

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 – lbrock@pbshawaii.org