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PBS Hawaii Weekly Newsletter

Insights on PBS Hawaii:  COVID-19:  Stress and Mental Health.

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Accessed on 30 October 2021, 0428 UTC.

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October 31 – November 6, 2021
Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…


COVID-19: Stress and Mental Health
We are heading into a second consecutive holiday season under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic. How are we as individuals and as a community handling the lingering nature of the virus and the lifestyle changes it creates? Join us for INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Nov. 4, 7:30 pm). You can phone in a question during the program or leave us a comment on our livestream on the PBS Hawaiʻi Facebook page. INSIGHTS also streams live on
It’s known as “Hawaiian gold,” and it’s getting harder to find. Lanai Tabura returns to WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT? once again to talk story about the dangerous art of picking ʻopihi. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.
This week’s episode of HIKI NŌ (Tues., Nov. 2, 7:30 pm) is Part 2 of the HIKI NŌ Triple Crown of Storytelling Challenge, in which students had just four days to film, conduct interviews and edit projects that met the theme: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. 
PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS Canefield Songs: Holehole Bushi (Thurs., Nov. 4, 8:30 pm) tells the story of music teacher Harry Urata, and his efforts to record, preserve and perpetuate the musical oral histories of Japanese immigrants who worked in Hawai‘i’s sugarcane fields.
A musical performance in 1826 changed America’s cultural landscape with the introduction of Italian opera to New York City. Reconstructed through meticulous research, DA PONTE’S ORATORIO: A Concert for New York, lost to history and unheard for almost 200 years, is brought back to life (Fri., Nov. 5, 8:00 pm).
From mighty elephants to tiny termites, an entire community of creatures call the waterhole their home. Witness the dramas of Africa’s great wildlife meeting place on NATURE: The Elephant and the Termite (Wed., Nov. 3, 8:00 pm).
Following episodes of Alma’s Way is a new series of animated shorts called JELLY, BEN & POGO. Created by Jalysa Leva, each short follows the adventures of the intrepid Jelly, her little brother, Ben, and Pogo, a young sea monster. Jelly and Ben’s family are of Filipino heritage, and the show is infused with Filipino culture throughout, including food, music and the Tagalog language.
Learn more about these shows, and all of our upcoming programming on our Schedule page.
PBS Hawaiʻi is now livestreaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Click HERE to watch now.
We offer many more programs on-demand through our Passport feature. For more information, click HERE.
Final thought… do you remember, “Got Milk?” The iconic advertising campaign that launched in 1993 encouraged millions of Americans to drink milk. Advertisers say it is still the most famous commodity brand campaign in history. Maybe it’s time to start a new one, “Got ʻOpihi?”
To legally sell ʻopihi in Hawaiʻi requires a commercial marine license from the State. Commercial ʻopihi pickers charge about $250 for a gallon of cleaned and shelled ʻopihi, and when demand is high, especially during graduation season, ʻopihi can command $400 to $500 per gallon. Unfortunately, the lack of compliance, combined with over-harvesting, have resulted in what seems to be a never-ending ʻopihi shortage. It’s highly unlikely a slick advertising campaign is in the works… but maybe it’s time…
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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