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“What school you went?  Hawaiian Nose Flute w/Calvin Hoe.”

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The PBS Hawaiʻi Newsletter
April 2 – April 8, 2023
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Aloha from Ron Mizutani, President and CEO…
What School You Went?
Hawaiian Nose Flute w/ Calvin Hoe
Wednesday, April 5
Cultural practitioner, activist, and owner of Waiahole Poi Factory, Calvin Hoe shares the art of making and playing the Hawaiian nose flute. Listen to this new episode of What School You Went?
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.
 PBS HAWAIʻI CLASSICS: Antique Cars, Square Dancing, Western U.S. Art Exhibit, Barbershop Chorus (Wed., Apr. 5, 7:30 pm) seeks out the remembrance of things past through arts and avocations. We take a walk down memory lane with antique cars, square dancing, American paintings of the fabled west and a Barbershop Chorus.
On INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: The Future of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (Thu., Apr. 6, 7:30 pm) the discussion centers on the competing efforts in this year’s legislative session to reshape the HTA or even dissolve it completely. State lawmakers created the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority in 1998 to, among other things, promote Hawaiʻi. What will happen to the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority?
 On PBS HAWAIʻI PRESENTS: Letʻs Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends (Thur., Apr. 6, 8:30 pm) the late master slack key musician Cyril Pahinui jams with some of the most revered and talented musicians in Hawaiʻi in an intimate kanikapila-style backyard performance. Cyril was the son of Gabby “Pop” Pahinui, who is considered the “Godfather” of the Hawaiian slack key guitar.
LA FRONTERA WITH PATI JINICH Season 2 (Mon., Apr. 3-17, 9:00 pm) savors the sights, sounds and flavors of the US-Mexico borderlands. James Beard Award-winning host Jinich travels to Southern California, Baja, Arizona, Sonora, New Mexico, and Chihuahua to share meals with fronterizos (borderlanders) from all walks of life.
FRONTLINE: America and the Taliban (Tue., Apr. 4, 11 & 25, 10:00 pm) is a three-part series investigating the ways America’s 20-year investment in Afghanistan culminated in Taliban victory. Drawing on decades of on-the-ground reporting and interviews with Taliban and US officials, the report uncovers the missteps and the consequences.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Now Hear This (Fri., Apr. 7-28, 8:00 pm) has violinist and conductor Scott Yoo returning with more journeys of musical discovery, this time visiting Argentina, Scotland, New York City and Spain to learn about composers Astor Piazzolla, Robert Schumann, Andy Akiho and Isaac Albéniz.
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…
I have always been fascinated by the deep, rich sound of the ʻohe hano ihu or Hawaiian bamboo nose flute. Unlike wood, bamboo has relatively thin walls, yet can withstand more stress and compression than steel, graphite and concrete. Studies show bamboo can take up to 52,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, which is pretty amazing for a plant that is not a tree but a type of grass.
On the next What School You Went?, we sit down with Hawaiian artisan, musician, restaurant owner, educator and activist, Uncle Calvin Hoe, and hear why he is still perpetuating the art of nose flute crafting and playing at the age of 77. Then join us for a very special digital exclusive performance at, as Uncle Calvin shares the sweet pleasant sounds of the serenading instrument – his gift to PBS Hawaiʻi and beyond our shores.

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