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PBS Hawai’i Weekly Newsletter


PBS Hawai’i Presents:  “Home Is Here”, Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 7:30 p.m. HST.

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
April 24 – 30, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…


Wed., Apr. 27 at 7:30 pm

Education, conservation and determination are the underlying themes in this month’s episode of HOME IS HERE.
Dogs are being used to sniff out invasive species across the state. K9 trainer Kyoko Johnson, founder of the nonprofit organization Conservation Dogs of Hawaiʻi, takes us into the mountains above Oʻahu’s North Shore searching for the invasive devil weed plant. Then, Buddy Bess recalls the “coincidence of events” that led him to start Bess Press in 1979. Since then, Bess Press has published hundreds of page-turners that highlight the people, stories and cultures of Hawaiʻi and the greater Pacific. Finally, 14-year-old Genshu Price explains why he has taken on the daunting task of collecting and recycling millions of bottles and cans.
On Wednesday’s episode of our audio podcast WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT?, Nā Hōkū Hanohano-award-winning musician and master lei maker Kuana Torres Kahele returns to the PBS Hawai‘i studio to help us celebrate May Day.
Listen on or anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants can have deadly consequences, yet it continues to happen. How can we improve Hawaiʻi’s DUI laws? Join the discussion on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI (Thurs., Apr. 28, 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
Throughout the state you can still find pocket communities that reflect bygone eras. PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS: CLASSICS (Thurs., Apr. 28, 8:30 pm) takes you to places like downtown Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island, Hanapēpē Town on Kauaʻi and Pāʻia on Maui, and explores ways to keep the character of these neighborhoods for generations to come.
On this episode of HIKI NŌ (Tues., Apr. 26, 7:30 pm,) Lahaina Intermediate School students Mina Nagasako and Reef Lombardi host from their picturesque campus. Students from Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School on Hawaiʻi Island share how their school is engaging with a university-level science research project to protect ocean health.

MAGNIFICENT BEAST (Wed., Apr. 27, 10:00 pm) explores the unique relationship of pigs as food, friend and foe to humans. Interviews with archaeologists, farmers, chefs, hunters, and pet owners reveal the complicated bond between people and pigs, including the “pork taboo.”
BIG SONIA (Sat., Apr. 30, 8:00 pm) tells the story of Sonia Warshawski, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor who runs a tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. When she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her past as a refugee and witness to genocide.
Learn more about these shows, and all of our upcoming programming on our Schedule page.
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Final Thought… Do you remember what you were doing when you were 14 years-old? Were you a know-it-all, who focused on yourself, constantly tested boundaries and spent more time in the ocean than you probably should have? I know someone like that…

According to WebMD, the average 14-year-old boy is experiencing a spurt in height, weight and strength, and a voice change that is deeper and occasionally “cracks.” He is likely developing acne, absorbed in social media, texting and gaming, and probably dealing with mood swings and peer pressure.

Then there is Genshu Price, who is not your average 14-year-old boy. Sure, his voice is changing and he is taller and stronger than he was a year ago, but this young teenager is not self-absorbed and he definitely is not spending his free time in front of a computer monitor.

Genshu’s inspirational story, featured in this month’s Home is Here, will blow you away and his tenacity and focus will leave you breathless. No, there is nothing average about this 14-year-old boy. There are more than a millions reasons why he is not… and counting.


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

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