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PBS Hawaii presents:  Homelani,Thursday, 20 January 2022, 8:30 p.m.

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
January 16 – 22, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…


Thurs., January 20 at 8:30 pm
PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS an encore showing of Homealani, a 2012 documentary by Hawaiʻi filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk. The film profiles Kirk’s grandfather, Oliver Homealani Kupau, who was born in Hauʻula, Windward Oʻahu in 1899, a year after the illegal annexation of Hawaiʻi by the United States. Kirk shares her grandfather’s journey through Hawaiʻi’s cultural transition from indigenuous to western while never forgetting his Native Hawaiian roots, using 16 mm film her grandfather shot of Hawaiʻi in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
A dramatic change in the way Maui County Council members are elected to office could be one of the proposed changes before voters in the 2022 elections.
Join the discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Jan. 20, 7:30 pm). Phone in a question during the program or leave us a comment on our Facebook livestream. INSIGHTS also streams live on
On Wednesday’s audio podcast of WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?, Sean McCready, owner of Tattoolicious Tattoo, talks about the popularity and cultural significance of tattoos in Hawaiʻi.
Listen on or anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.
Students from Moanalua High School host this week’s HIKI NŌ (Tues., Jan. 18, 7:30 pm). In this episode, one of HIKI NŌ’s youngest correspondents, 2nd grader Ivory Chun-Hoon of Ernest Bowen de Silva Elementary School in Hilo, shares how she’s coping with going back to in-person learning.
On episode 2 of the much-anticipated second season of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (Sun., Jan. 16, 8:00 pm), James invites Helen to the gala spring dance, while Siegfried also tries his luck with romance.
In Part 3 of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Sun., Jan. 16, 7:00 pm), Fogg and Passepartout hire a camel and driver to take them across the desert. Bad idea! Can Abigail and her new acquaintances rescue them?
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… are you afraid of needles? An estimated 10% of American adults have a fear of needles, and that number is likely much larger because those who have a needle phobia avoid medical treatment. If that is true, why are so many people addicted to getting tattoos that use needles as its application? Studies have found, getting a tattoo releases adrenaline and endorphins, which relieves pain and creates positive emotional response. Can the phenomenon that has been around for 6,000 years, turn into an addiction? Many say yes, science says no. Statistics tell their own story:
  • There are more than 21,000 tattoo parlors in the United States. This number grows by one every day.
  • In 2019, 30% of all Americans had one or more tattoos.
  • Of those who have tattoos, 70% have more than one and 20% have more than five.
  • 72% of adults with tattoos have them in areas that are hidden by clothing.
  • 30% of all college graduates in the United States have tattoos.
  • 31% of those that have a tattoo feel that the tattoo makes them sexy; 29% feel that it made them feel rebellious; and 5% feel that a tattoo shows them as intelligent.
  • 32% of people with tattoos claim that they are addicted to ink.
The tattoo craze is alive and thriving in Hawaiʻi as well. Learn more in this week’s audio podcast of “What School You Went?

To ink or not to ink…that is the question.

Mahalo nui,

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

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