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PBS Weekly Newsletter

Polynesian voyaging, renewable energy, and the mysteries of mental illness.

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                       June 20 – 26, 2021
Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…
Thirteen years ago, the state of Hawaiʻi committed to generating 100% of its power using renewable energy by 2045. It was viewed as a bit ambitious at the time, but achievable. Since then, thousands of homeowners have installed photovoltaic and solar water heating systems. Energy companies have installed wind turbine farms on several islands but the approval process, proximity to neighborhoods and noise concerns have generated controversy and protests. How close are we to achieving our goal? Join us for a Renewable Energy Update on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., June 24, 8:00 pm). You can join the conversation by phoning in or leaving us a comment on Facebook or Twitter. INSIGHTS also streams live on and on PBS Hawaiʻi’s Facebook page.
PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS (Thurs., June 24, 9:00 pm) features the first of a two-part documentary that chronicles the wayfinding traditions of the Polynesians of Taumako in the Solomon Islands. On We, The Voyagers: Our Vaka (vaka meaning a voyaging vessel), see how the people of Taumako construct their canoes, and learn the ancient story of Lata, a cultural hero who was the first person to build and sail a voyaging canoe to distant islands.
MYSTERIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Tues., June 22, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm and Wed., June 23, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm) places the stories of people living with mental illness today in a broader historic, scientific and social context. The four-part series traces how our understanding of mental illness has evolved from an ancient conception of spiritual affliction to the latest 21st century neurobiological breakthroughs.
US ON MASTERPIECE (Sun., June 20, 8:00 pm and Sun., June 27, 8:00 pm) is a two-part drama tinged with humor and heartbreak, as a married couple and their rebellious son embark on a long-planned tour of Europe, despite the wife’s proclamation that she wants to leave the marriage. Pictured from left: Tom Hollander, Tom Taylor and Saskia Reeves.
INDEPENDENT LENS Two Gods (Mon., June 21, 9:00 pm) introduces Hanif Muhammad, a Muslim mortician in a New Jersey casket shop who uses rituals of death to mentor troubled youth. He attempts to counter their tumultuous home lives and teach them to embrace life. Pictured: Muhammad shows a young charge how to build a casket.
On Adventures of T-Man (Mon., June 21, 10:00 pm), meet Terrence, a 26-year-old man with high-functioning autism who yearns to live an independent life. When he’s chosen by a tech firm to be part of a pilot program hiring people on the autism spectrum, he sees his chance to take his first steps toward life on his own.
GREAT PERFORMANCES Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert (Fri., June 25, 8:00 pm), presents selections by Strauss, Wagner, Offenbach, Puccini and others from the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, under the baton of conductor Valery Gergiev featuring Metropolitan Opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Searching for the Standing Boy of Nagasaki (Sat., June 26, 8:00 pm) details a story from the aftermath of the devastation brought on by the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, Japan. An American army photographer took a picture of a boy stoically waiting in the line at a crematory, carrying the lifeless body of his younger brother. The film chronicles the search to determine the boy’s identity and his survival story.
Stay updated with the latest programming on our Schedule page. There, you can search our schedule using the online tool, and download our monthly program guide and printable schedules.

Mahalo for viewing and supporting Hawaiʻi’s only statewide, locally owned television station. We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, convening the voices of Hawaiʻi and advancing discovery through quality storytelling. We offer many online TV programs on demand through our Passport feature. For more information, click here.

Final thought… On July 27, 2019, I said goodbye to my father as he took his last breath in my arms. Dad’s life dramatically changed after suffering a massive stroke in 2009. While the stroke took away his ability to speak freely, he still found ways to communicate and touch hearts. He did it with his smile, wit and sense of humor. I am grateful for the memories and values my dad instilled in me. I miss him dearly and wish heaven had a phone so I could hear his voice one more time. I wish all the men who are fathers or mentors a blessed and happy Father’s Day weekend. Please enjoy your special day and embrace that you do make a difference…even when you think no one is watching or noticing…someone is. Happy Father’s Day, Daddy…
Mahalo nui,

Ron Mizutani
President and CEO
PBS Hawaiʻi
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Honolulu, HI 96819-2295

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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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