Under a Jarvis Moon (#102)
In the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, 130 young men from Hawaii were sent to occupy desert islands in the Pacific. What ensued is a tale of intrigue, courage, and ultimately, tragedy. [56 minutes]
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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These episodes of Pacific Heartbeat aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.
- Hula: The Language of the Heart (#204)
- Let's Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui and Friends (#203)
- Under a Jarvis Moon (#102)
- Na Lani 'Eha From 'Iolani Palace: The Music of Hawaiian Royalty (#201)
- Na Loea: The Masters (#304)
- Hula: The Merrie Monarch's Golden Celebration (#303)
- The Illness & The Odyssey (#302)
- Pure Caz: Music of the Brothers Cazimero (#301)