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Pacific Heartbeat

Hula: The Merrie Monarch's Golden Celebration (#303)

Hula: The Merrie Monarch's Golden Celebration takes a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 50th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai?i. The Festival is Hawai?i's most significant cultural event and showcases the ancient art of hula for a global audience. This program highlights the hard work, dedication and spirit of the Festival participants. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT journeys into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture. "Waimea 'Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar" captures rollicking concert performances, intimate backstage interviews and spirited jam sessions by the world's finest ukulele and guitar artists. "Under a Jarvis Moon" documents the clandestine U.S. mission which sent young Hawaiian men to occupy tiny, isolated Pacific islands during the early years of World War II. "Papa Mau: The Wayfinder" recounts the fundamental role master wayfinder Mau Piailug ("Papa Mau") played in reawakening Polynesian pride by teaching young Hawaiians the dying art of traditional open-sea canoe navigation. Keola Beamer, one of Hawaii's premier singer-songwriters, arrangers and composers, and master of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, embarks on a genre-transcending musical journey with Native American flute master R. Carlos Nakai and American jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer in "Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)". The last film in the series, "There Once Was an Island - Te Henua e Nnoho," explores the environmental crisis facing the Takuu atoll in Papua New Guinea.

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