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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
 January 8 – January 14, 2023
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…
What School You Went?
WINTER SURF w/ Gary Kewley
Wed., Jan. 11, 2023
Gary Kewley from Surf News Network tells us about Hawaiʻi’s legendary waves, from the monster waves of the winter to when it’s one to twoʻoo at Makapuʻu. Listen to this audio wave of What School You Went? this Wednesday.
Check out our past episodes and new episodes of What School You Went? every Wednesday on or anywhere you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: 2023 Legislative Preview (Thur., Jan. 12, 7:30 pm). A new year brings the start of a new legislative session. Add to that, a newly elected governor and lieutenant governor.
How will that help the Legislature to deal with the problems that plague the state as it
convenes a new session?
 PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS: Luther Kahekili Makekau: A One Kine Hawaiian Man
(Thur., Jan. 12, 8:30 pm) Luther Makekau was part philosopher and part outlaw, a chanter and a singer, a fighter and a lover, a cattle rustler, a rebel and a poet. Born on Maui in 1890, during the reign of King Kalākaua, he lived nearly a hundred years, shaped by a century of turbulent cultural change.
PBS HAWAIʻI CLASSICS: Design with Nature (Wed., Jan. 11, 7:30 pm) This rebroadcast of the Spectrum Hawaiʻi episode “Design With Nature” focuses on the concept of incorporating nature and the surrounding environment into architectural design.
MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE ON MASTERPIECE, Season 3: The Vanishing (Sun., Jan. 8, 7:00 pm) has Eliza Scarlet finding herself in fresh and surprising mysteries as she struggles to build her detective agency, all the while juggling her relationship with Inspector William Wellington, the Duke.
When a circus tent goes up outside his Oakland, California apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into a journey exploring the history of freakdom, vision and invisibility. Shot from the director’s physical perspective, POV: I Didn’t See You There (Mon., Jan. 9, 9:00 pm) rebukes the norm of disabled people being seen and not heard.
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL ON MASTERPIECE Season 3: Second Time Lucky (Sun., Jan. 8, 8:00 pm) features James Herriot and crew returning to deal with sick animals and eccentric farmers, as professional and emotional relationships mature in the rural Yorkshire veterinary practice.
VIENNA BLOOD (Sun., Jan. 8, 9:00 pm) is also back, with a new season of diabolical cases for Dr. Max Liebermann and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt to solve, all set in 1900s Vienna.
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…
With the winter surf season upon us, I thought I would share a bit of surf trivia with you on this Aloha Friday.

Whether you’re in Waikīkī or Waimea Bay, you may’ve noticed that waves come in what surfers call, sets. On most days, not counting storms or wind-blown chop, each set can have three to 15 waves, sometimes more. Surfers often wait for the biggest wave of the set but it’s always guessing game…or is it?

The first wave of a set is usually small, the next one is bigger and then the energy changes. As waves in the back of a set move forward, they grow in size and then diminish as they reach the front. As a result, surfers tend to notice that the fifth or seventh wave is often the biggest of each set, then they tend to get smaller and smaller before there is a lull.

So…the next time you’re surfing out at Waikīkī, (don’t even think about Waimea Bay) remember to stay patient – because the big one is on its way!


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