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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
April 10 – 16, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…



Thurs., Apr. 14 at 7:30 pm

Fraud, bribery, misappropriation of funds, and conspiracy are some of the charges that state and local officials have been accused of in recent years. What can lawmakers do to fight government corruption more effectively?
Join the discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Apr. 14, 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 Wednesday’s audio podcast of WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?, award-winning author and motivational speaker Cary Valentine returns to the show to share how anxiety and doubt can affect even the most successful, and what you can do to achieve a higher quality of life.
On this episode of LIVE FROM THE EMPTY PALACE (Wed., Apr. 13, 7:30 pm), see performances from Hannah Kaplon, Isaiah Mostafa featuring Imani Avanti, Tiaya Ruggirello (pictured, right), Keoni Thompson, Bending Elbows and Kaʻahele, all from the historic Hilo Palace Theater.
Mary Kawena Pukui’s work as a scholar, linguist, composer, translator, teacher and kumu hula forms the backbone of Hawaiian culture and language. PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS: CLASSICS (Thurs., Apr. 14, 8:30 pm) follows Pukui’s hānai daughter Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon and longtime research assistant Eleanor Williamson as they go on a journey to share her story.
SEARCHING FOR JUSTICE: LIFE AFTER LOCKUP (Wed., Apr. 13, 10:00 pm) focuses on the challenges people who have spent years behind bars encounter after release – from reconnecting with family, to finding work and housing, to staying out of prison or jail. Hear the struggles and successes of four formerly incarcerated individuals as they navigate their return to society.
NATURE (Wed., Apr. 13, 8:00 pm) takes you to the American Arctic. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has long protected survivors of the Ice Age, but this once remote and frozen fortress is on the brink of change. For the musk oxen, caribou, polar bears and Arctic foxes, their ice age is slipping away.
Learn more about these shows, and all of our upcoming programming on our Schedule page.
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Final thought… in the canoe-racing world, paddlers go bonkers over ‘jungle rules’ events, which essentially means no boundaries, no limitations and no structured race. You decide the fastest way to the finish line.

‘Jungle Rules’ stems from the ‘law of the jungle,’ which refers to a situation where there are no laws or rules to govern the way people behave and use force to get what they want.

Political corruption has dominated the recent local headlines, but by no means is this new. For decades, government officials have used their network contacts for private gain, through bribery, lobbying, nepotism, embezzlement and even extortion.

Perhaps it is time for Hawaiʻi to consider adopting the ‘jungle primary’ system for state and federal elections, to ensure competitive democratic elections. We already use the electoral system in all four county elections, where every candidate, regardless of party, runs in the primary. If no one receives 50 percent of the vote, plus one, the top two go on to the general election — even if both are from the same political party.

Will this end political corruption? Probably not, but the battle royale format, also known as a blanket or open-primary, will make for more competitive elections, and competition is always good.

The strongest survive… or at least wins the canoe race.


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

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