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What school you went?  The story of Thunderstorm Artis.

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
February 13 – 19, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…


Wednesday, February 16
Talented musician and local boy Thunderstorm Artis shares his journey from the North Shore of Oʻahu to the final round of NBC’s The Voice and beyond.
Listen Wednesday on or anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify, and check out our YouTube channel for exclusive video content with Thunderstorm Artis.
In February 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, resulting in the establishment of internment camps for people of Japanese ancestry. The order led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans.
VOICES BEHIND BARBED WIRE (Thurs., Feb. 17, 8:30 pm) shares untold first-hand accounts of Hawaiʻi residents and their experiences of being detained during World War II.
LIVE FROM THE EMPTY PALACE (Wed., Feb. 16, 7:30 pm) features singers, musicians, dancers, jugglers and acrobats from all over Hawaiʻi Island.
This episode features performances by Rob Taylor & the reWritten Story, JoJo “Small She” Guevara, Hannah Kaplon, Hope Medford, Olelo, and Ok2Change.
It has been more than two years since COVID-19 made its way to Hawaiʻi. Vaccines and boosters have helped to lessen COVID’s impact, but what about the long term health ramifications for survivors?
Join the discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Feb. 17, 7:30 pm). You can phone in a question or leave us a comment on our Facebook livestream during the program. INSIGHTS also streams live on
On this week’s episode of HIKI NŌ (Tues., Feb. 15, 7:30 pm), learn how Hawaiʻi students shine on the national video storytelling stage as they gear up to compete in the 2022 Student Television Network, or STN, competition.

UNEARTHING OGAWA (Sat., Feb. 19, 8:00 pm) tells the story of a deceased Japanese soldier who is honored by an American who finds him with his diary in a battlefield cave and seeks to return the chronicle to the man’s family. Decades later, the American’s son uncovers new information and retraces his father’s gesture and visits Japan to meet the Ogawa clan today.
On ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL (Sun., Feb. 13, 8:00 pm), James solves both medical and romantic emergencies. Meanwhile, Siegfried, Tristan and Mrs. Hall face hurdles of their own.
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… sitting down with Thunderstorm Artis for our upcoming “WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?” episode and hearing how he got his first name got my inner Shakespeare thinking, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Chances are there is a personal story for most of us, while others like Thunderstorm, simply had cool parents. Victoria and the late Ron Artis took great care in naming all 11 of their children… yes, 11. There’s Ron Jr., Stephanie, Victor, Stevon, PraiseJesus, Spirit, Martis, Kailua, Artis, America and Thunderstorm.
Hearing these unique names took me back several decades, when the Silva brothers were the talk of the town. There was Sterling Silva and younger brother Quick Silva, and perhaps the most popular of the three, Hiyo Silva. I’m not joking! And if you’re a football fan, you’ll remember Junior Junior, Ahtagi, Atagi and Samoa Samoa. I was Ronald, named after my father, which of course became Ronald McDonald in elementary school… not the coolest name, but we all can’t be Thunderstorms…
Mahalo nui,

Ron Mizutani
President and CEO
PBS Hawaiʻi
315 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819-2295

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