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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter

A Capitol Fourth, a trip to Brazil, and Ernie Pyle’s story.

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER                                                             July 4 – 10, 2021
Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…
Exciting changes are ahead on PBS Hawaiʻi with the creation and development of new local content. Some of those changes begin this week with a new weekday schedule for three local programs:
–On July 6, HIKI NŌ: Hawaiʻi’s New Wave of Storytellers moves to Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.
–On Thursday, July 8, INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI moves up a half hour to its new time of 7:30 pm.
–Also on Thursday, July 8, PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS moves up a half hour to its new time of 8:30 pm.
Stay tuned for more announcements in the near future.
For decades, Laniākea Beach was a surfing hotspot on Oʻahu’s North Shore, best known for its high-performing waves. Today, Laniākea’s identity has drastically changed. Now commonly referred to as “Turtle Beach,” it is an extremely popular spot for thousands of tourists who want to see Hawaiian green sea turtles that frequent this spot to bask in the sun. There is no legal parking in the area and no crosswalk on busy Kamehameha Highway. The combination creates dangerous conditions for pedestrian traffic. Join our conversation about Laniākea Beach Parking and Safety Concerns on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., July 8, 7:30 pm). You can phone in or leave us a comment on Facebook or Twitter. INSIGHTS also streams live on and on PBS Hawaiʻi’s Facebook page.
A Capitol Fourth (Sun., July 4, 7:00 pm, encore at 8:30 pm) commemorates our country’s 245th birthday with musical performances by Jimmy Buffett, Cynthia Erivo, Alan Jackson, Gladys Knight, Renée Fleming, and Hawaiʻi’s own Auliʻi Cravalho. Vanessa Williams hosts the special, which will feature a spectacular fireworks display over the Washington, DC skyline.
FIRING LINE WITH MARGARET HOOVER joins our public affairs lineup on Sundays at 6:00 pm beginning July 4. Author and commentator Hoover hosts civil and engaging discussions with guests from across the ideological spectrum. On this Independence Day episode, Admiral William H. McRaven shares stories from his 37 years of service.
On POV The Neutral Ground (Mon., July 5, 9:00 pm), comedian C.J. Hunt documents the dispute over removing four Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Hunt embarks on a journey across the country to discover what it would take to convince America to end its long romance with the Lost Cause.
THE LATINO EXPERIENCE (Tuesdays at 9:00 pm, July 6-20) is a three-part series exploring a broad collection of experiences, perspectives and points of view through short films that highlight the diversity of the Latino/a/x community and illuminate the vibrancy culture in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Greetings from Tohoku (Thurs., July 8, 9:30 pm) profiles three towns within Japan’s Tohoku region, the area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011. See the connections made resulting from disaster relief efforts along with the current state of reconstruction 10 years after the disaster.
GREAT PERFORMANCES Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba (Fri., July 9, 8:00 pm) documents the Grammy-winning Cuban American singer’s adventure through three of Brazil’s most influential cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador. Estefan meets performers Maria Rita, Carlinhos Brown and Jorge Aragão to explore the origins of the some of the country’s greatest musical traditions and innovations.
On Rick Steves Best of the Alps (Sat., July 10, 8:00 pm), join host Steves on an Alpine adventure in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and France. Packed with scenic train rides, majestic glaciers and picturesque hikes, this special celebrates both nature and culture while visiting the high points of Europe. Pictured: Steves atop Switzerland’s Schilthorn Peak.
Ernie Pyle: Life in the Trenches (Sat., July 10, 9:30 pm) tells the story of WWII correspondent Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who reached millions each week with tales celebrating “ordinary” Americans doing extraordinary things. The folksy style of Pyle’s writings captured snapshots of American life during the 1930s.
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… A Japanese sniper killed Ernie Pyle on the island of Ie Shima in 1945. Eight years before his death, in 1937, the famed war correspondent visited Kalaupapa, Molokaʻi. Pyle took notice of the community’s attitude saying it was “one of kindness and gentleness.” He was 37-years-old at the time and called it one of the powerful experiences of his life. Congress approved The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in 1948 and opened to the public in a ceremony a year later in 1949. Five men were honored in that public ceremony: an unknown soldier, three fallen soldiers … and Ernie Pyle. It remains Pyle’s final resting place.
Mahalo nui,

Ron Mizutani
President and CEO
PBS Hawaiʻi
315 Sand Island Access Road
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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