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PBS Hawaii presents NA MELE:  Kainani Kahaunaele, Monday, 31 January 2022, 7:30 pm.

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
January 30 – February 5, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…


Mon., January 31 at 7:30 pm or stream now
Kainani Kahaunaele has been a force in Hawaiian music for the last two decades. She garnered multiple awards for her albums Naʻu ʻOe (2003) and ʻŌhai ʻUla (2010). Most recently at the 2021 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards she won a total of seven trophies, including album of the year, for her most recent release Waipunalei. Not only has she enjoyed success as a solo recording artist, but her gift for haku mele (Hawaiian composition) has attracted some of Hawaiʻi’s most renowned artists including Weldon Kekauoha, Aaron Salā, Nā Leo, Lehua Kalima & Shawn Pimental, and Kapono Nāʻiliʻili to record her songs.
There is a renewed effort to change the name of McKinley High School on Oʻahu and remove the statue of its namesake, President William McKinley, for his role in the illegal annexation of Hawaiʻi. However, opponents say changing the school’s name would be a slight to its alumni.
Join the discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Feb. 3, 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 the afternoon of July 6, 1985, Diane Suzuki finished teaching her dance class in Aiea, and was never seen again. Award-winning journalist Robbie Dingeman explains why the unsolved disappearance still haunts the Islands decades later, on this Wednesday’s episode of our audio podcast WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?
Listen on or anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.
On this week’s episode of HIKI NŌ (Tues., Feb. 1, 7:30 pm), Konawaena High School senior Jade Onaka takes you behind the scenes of her experience co-producing ʻĀina: Connecting Family, Farming and Freedom, a short animated film exploring how Hawaiʻi might achieve a more sustainable food system and future.
Migrants go missing in rural South Texas more than anywhere else in the U.S. For many families whose loved ones have disappeared after crossing the Mexico border, activist detective Eddie Canales is their last hope. INDEPENDENT LENS: Missing in Brooks County (Mon., Jan. 31, 9:00 pm) confronts the agonizing facts of life and death in Brooks County, 80 miles north of the border.
On ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (Sun., Jan. 30, 8:00 pm), Tristan works out how to make clients happy, but then gets bad news. Meanwhile, James and Helen have a heart-to-heart.
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… in the 1990s, NBC launched a successful advertising campaign for its primetime programs. Must See TV was often applied to the network’s Thursday night line-up, which included The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court, Seinfeld, Friends, L.A. Law and ER.
Next week, PBS Hawaiʻi is offering its own Must See TV and Digital Content! It starts Monday at 7:30 pm, with a brand new Nā Mele, featuring 7-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Kainani Kahaunaele. Kainani also had a little fun with us in a Song Challenge on our digital platforms. Then on Tuesday’s HIKI NŌ, a Konawaena High School senior takes us behind the scenes of the making of her own film. On Wednesday’s What School You Went? audio podcast, a chilling conversation on the disappearance of Diane Suzuki in 1985. Finally, on Thursday night’s INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI, a lively discussion on the renewed effort to change the name of McKinley High School.
We are stacked next week and we’re just getting started… 2022 is going to be a Must See year on PBS Hawaiʻi.
Mahalo nui,

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

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