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PBS Hawai’i Special:  Hawai’i’s Missing Children with Amanda Leonard.

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
 January 15 – January 21, 2023
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…
What School You Went?
Wed., Jan. 18, 2023
There are dozens of actively missing children in Hawaiʻi. We talk with Amanda Leonard, the coordinator for the state Department of the Attorney General’s Missing Child Center-Hawai‘i.  Listen to the new episode 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.
HIKI NŌ ON PBS HAWAIʻI: Searching for Self Identity (Tue., Jan. 17, 7:30 pm)
Kalāheo High School junior Cadence Wisniewski, seen here in her HIKI NŌ Student Reflection, hosts the January 17th and 24th episodes from the PBS Hawai‘i studio. Cadence’s in-studio hosting launches a new aspect of HIKI NŌ student learning: media professionals mentoring students who have a career interest in on-camera hosting.
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: LEGISLATIVE BAN ON FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES (Thur., Jan. 19, 7:30 pm). Hawaii has one of the highest percentages of youths using vaping products in the country, which experts say could lead to serious health problems. Lawmakers will try again this year to pass a bill outlawing flavored e-cigarettes.
(Thur., Jan. 19, 8:30 pm)
Jeri follows Galeaʻi, an 18-year-old Lāʻie, Windward Oʻahu resident as she trains for and participates in the 2019 World Fireknife Competition seeking to become the Women’s Division champion.
PBS HAWAIʻI CLASSICS: Chinese in Hawai’i Design (Wed., Jan. 18, 7:30 pm)
This rebroadcast of Spectrum Hawaiʻi examines the cultural influences of China on Hawaiʻi, starting in the 1700s.
(Tue., Jan. 17, 9:00 pm) Meet the influential author and key figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Also a trained anthropologist, Hurston collected folklore throughout the South and Caribbean — reclaiming, honoring and celebrating Black life on its own terms.
INDEPENDENT LENS: The Big Payback (Mon., Jan. 16, 9:00 pm) An Evanston, Illinois rookie alderwoman led the passage of the first tax-funded reparations bill for Black Americans.
NATURE: Wildheart (Wed., Jan. 18, 8:00 pm) Immerse yourself in Scotland’s wild highland landscape and meet its long-lived forest keeper, a magnificent Scots pine tree.
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…
There are dozens of actively missing children cases in Hawai‘i. Some of those cases have gone cold and continue to haunt local law enforcement. People still ask, “What happened to Peter Boy Kema?” Others wonder, “Where is Jie Zhao Li?” You may recall in February 1988, 12-year Jie Zhao Li from Royal Elementary School was selling benefit chili tickets near Nu’uanu Avenue and Kuakini Street when she mysteriously vanished. There were tips, composite sketches, possible getaway vehicles, even sightings of the 4-foot-11, 75-pound girl, with short hair and slightly crooked teeth but Li was never found. On the next “What School You Went?” we’ll talk to the coordinator for the State Department of the Attorney General’s Missing Child Center-Hawai‘i, and hear why family-parent abductions are more common in Hawai‘i than stranger abductions.


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