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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
April 3 – 9, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…


Thurs., Apr. 7 at 7:30 pm

As the saying goes, everything old is new again. This month, we will be re-airing an old program that may be new for many viewers. That’s because it’s been more than 30 years since some of these episodes of Spectrum Hawaii debuted. Every Thursday night in April, you can watch two, half-hour episodes as they originally aired in the ’80s and ’90s.
This episode takes a look at some of the dying traditions in Hawaiʻi. Find out what it means for a fisherman to have “squid eye” and meet the man responsible for some of the most iconic neon signs that lit up the islands. And then it’s off to the northeast coast of Maui to visit the small town of Hāna. Even back in the ’80s, residents were talking about saving their special and harmonious way of life.
The decade-long effort to replace Oʻahu’s outdated and overcrowded jail continues. Opponents of a new jail argue that the state needs to focus on criminal justice reforms while proponents argue that a modern solution is needed now for those already incarcerated. Should Oʻahu build a new jail? Join the discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Apr. 7, 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
Remy Matsumoto of the iconic Matsumoto Shave Ice on Oʻahu’s North Shore stops by our studios to talk about Hawaiʻi’s frozen treat.
Listen on the next audio podcast of WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?
On this episode of LIVE FROM THE EMPTY PALACE (Wed., Apr. 6, 7:30 pm), see performances from Lightning Larry Dupio and Band, Drew Daniels, Olelo (pictured, left), Nick Wong, Lehua, Wrenn Bunker Koesters & Annie Bunker, all from the historic Hilo Palace Theater.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (Mon., Apr. 4, 8:00 pm and Tues., Apr. 5, 8:00 pm), a two-part documentary by Ken Burns, explores the revolutionary life and work of Benjamin Franklin, one of the most significant figures in American history.
On this new season of GREAT PERFORMANCES: Now Hear This (Fri., Apr. 8, 8:00 pm), violinist and conductor Scott Yoo spotlights contemporary composers and features artists from across musical genres.
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… one of the episodes in this month’s PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS: CLASSICS features a story on what it means to have “squid eye” also known as “tako eye.” Most people may have no idea what I’m talking about and may not even care, but if you’ve ever enjoyed tako poke, kim chee tako, squid luau, or any dish that includes octopus, you can thank the person blessed with the gift of having “tako eye.”
There is an art to catching tako, the Japanese word for octopus. There is also confusion when it comes to the slippery, slimy, eight-tentacle creature. Octopus, or heʻe in Hawaiian, is not a squid or calamari. In fact, most people in Hawaiʻi incorrectly refer to an octopus as a squid.
Regardless, what really matters is being able to catch the tako, which you can do in the day or night. In the day hours, tako is shorter, thicker and brown. Night tako is longer and thinner with red and white spots. What makes it even more challenging is that the octopus hides in holes in the reef, and has the ability to change the color of its skin.
Spotting one is no easy task, unless you have a “tako eye.” Those who have the gift will tell you, anyone can learn what to look for and how to spot the elusive delicacy. I am living proof that this is not true. In ALL my years of being in the ocean, I never developed a “tako eye.” Yes, I am the person who would miss Halley’s Comet if it raced past me, but I am convinced that having “tako eye” is a gift. You either have it or you don’t, and thankfully, there are enough divers in the ocean blessed with it.


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

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