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PBS Hawaii Presents:  Our Makawao, Tuesday, 24 March, 8:30 p.m. HST.

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
March 20 – March 26, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…



Thurs., Mar. 24 at 8:30 pm

PBS Hawaiʻi Presents: Our Makawao recounts the diverse history of the rich, fertile area on the slopes of Haleakalā from the days before Western contact to the present. The film weaves together stories from dozens of Upcountry residents who lived and worked on the sugar and pineapple plantations; paniolos who made a living raising cattle; and long-time merchants and historians who call Makawao home.
How did a canned meat from Minnesota become a staple of our local cuisine? On this Wednesday’s episode of our audio podcast WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?, We examine the popularity of Spam in Hawaiʻi with Scott Gamble, Vice President of L.H. Gamble.

Listen on or anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.

State lawmakers are poised to pass historic legislation that would provide $600 million to address thousands of Native Hawaiians who sit on a waitlist for homes, but some question whether the Department of Hawaiian Homelands can properly manage such a big influx of cash.
Join the discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Mar. 24, 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
LIVE FROM THE EMPTY PALACE (Wed., Mar. 23, 7:30 pm) showcases more talent from Hawaiʻi island on stage at the historic Hilo Palace Theater. Performers include Higgs, Honey Jar (pictured, left), Grace Scanlon, Kolea, Kumsa Maphalala & Diga Kern, and Kawohi.
The fan-favorite drama SANDITION (Sun., Mar. 20, 8:00 pm) inspired by Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel is back for season 2, with its high-spirited heroine, Charlotte Heywood, and more romance, scandal and intrigue at the picturesque coastal resort of Sandition.
It’s 1967 as the midwives, nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House return in the season 11 premiere of CALL THE MIDWIFE (Sun., Mar. 20, 7:00 pm). Nancy, having just passed her midwifery examinations, is about to don her red cardigan for the first time.

In the series premiere of BEFORE WE DIE (Sun., Mar. 20, 9:00 pm), Detective Hannah Laing is determined to solve her lover’s murder, but soon realizes there is far more at stake than bringing the killers to justice.
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… several years ago, while preparing to dive into a Zippy’s Zip Pac, I found myself in a real dilemma. Before we go any further, I must acknowledge, I know in the big picture of life, this is extremely trivial. Nevertheless, at that moment, I was in a real pickle. Or is it a daikon? Anyway, I stared at the mouth-watering bento in front of me, struggling to decide what to eat first. Would it be the fried chicken, breaded hoki fish, teri beef, rice topped with furikake, the takuan (daikon) or the slice of Spam?
It got me thinking… I wonder what others eat first? I took my question to social media and asked folks on Facebook, “What’s the first thing you eat in your Zip Pac?” I said I’d reveal the top answer the next day. The answers POURED in for several hours, and some even came attached with photos. In the end, nearly 700 people responded to the unscientific survey. Can you guess what item was the most popular? It was Spam… and it wasn’t even close.
To learn more about Hawaiʻi’s love for Spam, join us for next Wednesday’s episode of our “WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?” audio podcast.
By the way, in case you’re wondering: I go straight for the takuan! What about you?

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

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