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“A Holiday Concert with Robert Cazimero and Kuana Torres Kahele at Paliku Theatre.”

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
 December 11 – December 17, 2022
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…
 Robert Cazimero and Kuana Torres Kahele
Mon., Dec. 12, 7:30 pm
Tune in for the festive holiday sounds of award-winning musicians, Robert Cazimero and Kuana Torres Kahele recorded earlier this year at Paliku Theater at Windward Community College. This pre-recorded program airs on Monday, December 12, 7:30 pm. Join us as we come live from our studios where we will be taking calls of support for our station. We’re also streaming on YouTube Live and Facebook Live.
Holiday Auction for Ni’ihau Shell Lei
Personally Crafted by Master Artisan Kuana Torres Kahele
Start your bidding to own your own, or gift to that special someone, these one-of-a-kind treasured and unique pieces of jewelry composed of these rare shells from the island of Ni’ihau.  Each of these pieces offered for the auction has been personally crafted and generously donated by Master Artisan Kuana Torres Kahele.
Start Bidding
We examine the history of Hawaiian heirloom jewelry with Makanani Salā, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts on What School You went?: Hawaiian Bracelets (Wed., Dec. 14)

New episodes of What School You Went? drop every Wednesday on or anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.

PBS HAWAI’I CLASSICS: Woodcrafters (Wed., 14, 7:30 pm) is a rebroadcast of Spectrum Hawaiʻi which features woodcrafters, including Mickey Sussman, a luthier from Kaua’i who has created instruments for Roland Cazimero and guitar great Taj Mahal (both of whom make cameos.)
PACIFIC HEARTBEAT: Loimata, The Sweetest Tears (Thurs., Dec. 15, 7:30 pm) tells the story of four boulders in Waikīkī that pay tribute to healers who brought their arts from Tahiti to Hawaiʻi hundreds of years ago.
The Earthshot Prize (Wed., Dec. 14, 8:00 pm) is a global environmental prize founded by Englandʻs Prince William that aims to spotlight and support groundbreaking solutions to our world’s most pressing environmental challenges. The prize is centered on repairing our planet through five Earthshots: Protect and Restore Nature, Clean Our Air, Revive Our Oceans, Build A Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate. The program features performances by Annie Lennox and Billie Eilish, and presenters include Sir David Attenborough and Catherine O’Hara.
CRAFT IN AMERICA (Sat., Dec. 17, 8:00 and 9:00 pm) explores America’s creative spirit with two fresh episodes. Inspiration, visits potter Ayumi Horie (pictured), Hmong embroidery master Suzanne Thao, Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers, and others. Home, features Ojibwe artist Biskakone, the North House Folk School, ceramic artist Syd Carpenter and others.
Learn more about these shows, and all of our upcoming programming on our Schedule page.
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Final thought…you may’ve heard the phrase, “your timing is uncanny” referring to an event or action that is difficult to explain. I often use it but then find myself saying, “Why ask why?”
Award-winning singer, songwriter and Master Artisan Kuana Torres Kahele gifted PBS Hawai’i with beautiful Ni’ihau shell lei to offer for auction, to help raise funds for our mission. These unique pieces of jewelry, made from rare shells hand-picked from Ni’ihau, have been a treasured item in Hawai’i for more than a century. In 1887, formal portraits of Queen Kapi‘olani and Queen Emma, wearing a multi-strand lei of Ni’ihau shells, were taken in New York on their way to attend Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. It was reported the lei “created quite a sensation” in London, and soon after, the shell lei was adapted to Victorian jewelry styles that are still used today.
In this week’s WHAT SCHOOL YOU WENT? audio podcast, we talk about the rich history of the Hawaiian bracelet, which originally was a gift to then Princess Lydia Kamaka‘eha (Lili’uokalani) from Queen Victoria. The bracelet symbolized the enduring relationship between the two nations.
Today, hand-crafted Hawaiian heirloom jewelry and the treasured Ni’ihau shell lei are a special part of Hawai’i history and tradition – and next week, both take center stage on PBS Hawai’i.

Uncanny timing? Why ask why?

Mahalo nui,
Ron Mizutani
President and CEO
PBS Hawaiʻi
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Honolulu, HI 96819-2295
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