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Pacific Heartbeat

The Illness & The Odyssey (#302)

A cure for Alzheimer's. A Nobel Prize. An honored place in medical history. All of this hangs in the balance as scientists race to find the cure for a rare disease found on one remote Pacific island. The Illness & the Odyssey tells the story of a deadly, mind-wasting disease that could, potentially, hold the key to solving the riddle of so many other neurological nightmares. The film features the renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks and as well as many other luminaries in the field of neuroscience. Based on the book "The Island of the Colorblind" by Dr. Sacks, the film traces the struggle to solve a medical mystery plaguing a native population living on Guam. [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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  • Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar (#101)

    This performance documentary provides an insider's peek into the unparalleled talent and camaraderie of the Waimea 'Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute, held annually in the quaint cowboy town of Waimea on Hawai'i Island. During the five-day event, some of the world's finest 'ukulele and slack key guitar artists gather to share their passion for music with aspiring musicians, fans, and one another through one-of-a-kind workshops and rousing concert performances. Featured musicians include Muriel Anderson, Danny Carvalho, Benny Chong, Kalai Ho'opi'i, Richard Ho'opi'i, Bobby Ingano, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, David Kamakahi, Dennis Kamakahi, Ozzie Kotani, Sonny Lim, Aaron Mahi, Chino Montero, Cyril Pahinui, and Jeff Peterson. [56 minutes]

  • Under a Jarvis Moon (#102)

    Under a Jarvis Moon is the story of 130 young men from Hawai'i who, from the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, were part of a clandestine mission by the U.S. federal government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific. The first wave of these colonists were Hawaiian high school students, chosen because government officials assumed Pacific Islanders could best survive the harsh conditions present on the tiny, isolated islands. For the young men, who were unaware of the true purpose of their role as colonists, what ensued is a tale of intrigue, courage, and ultimately, tragedy. Amazingly, these men (four of whom are still alive) are only now being recognized for their sacrifice, and efforts are underway for the United States to officially acknowledge them for serving their country. [56 minutes]

  • Papa Mau: The Wayfinder (#103)

    In 1974, Hawaiians sailed the traditional voyaging canoe H??k??le'a from Hawai'i to Tahiti and proved to the world that their ancestors had explored the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean by navigating with the stars. Papa Mau: The Wayfinder is the story of critical role that master navigator Mau Piailug played in that voyage, and the rebirth of Polynesian unity and pride that followed. The H??k??le'a was built by members of the newly formed Polynesian Voyaging Society, who dreamed of sailing in the way of their ancestors. Shortly thereafter, a search began for someone who could teach them the art of non-instrument navigation, which had been all but lost until they met Micronesian-born Mau, who agreed to share his knowledge. Follow the remarkable journey of an iconic voyaging canoe and a new generation of Hawaiian navigators who, under the guidance of Papa Mau, revitalized and reclaimed Polynesia's voyaging tradition. [56 minutes]

  • Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) (#104)

    "The idea of Aloha is Hawai'i's greatest gift to the world. But a lot of people don't know what it is, or how to find it, or how to discover it in our own hearts." These words, spoken by legendary Hawaiian composer and musician Keola Beamer, provide insight to the multi-cultural musical collaboration featured in Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love). Based upon Beamer's belief that musicians from different backgrounds can remain true to their own cultural heritage while learning and incorporating ideas from others, M??lama Ko Aloha features inspiring and unique musical performances by Beamer and a brilliant ensemble of musicians including Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai and American jazz pianist virtuoso Geoffrey Keezer. [56 minutes]

  • There Once Was an Island - Te Henua E Nnoho (#105)

    There Once was an Island - Te Henua e Nnoho gives a human face to the issue of global climate change. It is the story of a Pacific Island community fighting to preserve what really matters in the face of rising tides. Takuu Atoll is an idyllic home to articulate, educated people who maintain a 1,200-year-old culture and language. The island is disintegrating and when scientists arrive to investigate, residents realize that their attempts to preserve the atoll are making the situation worse. With limited means of communication or outside support, the people of Takuu must make the heart-wrenching decision of whether to risk their safety and remain on their beloved island or become environmental refugees and begin new lives in neighboring, but foreign, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. There Once Was an Island - Te Henua e Nnoho is a sobering expose on climate change and how a community's sense of identity will be lost in the rising tides. [56 minutes]

  • Na Lani 'Eha From 'Iolani Palace: The Music of Hawaiian Royalty (#201)

    This historic production brings together some of Hawai'i's most beloved musicians to perform songs composed by the last members of Hawai'i's ruling monarchy. 'Iolani Palace's executive director and curator provide a historical background of the royal palace - the only one of its kind in the United States - and the musicians explain the cultural significance of the royal repertoire. [56 minutes]

  • Tonga: The Last Place on Earth (#202)

    Tonga, an archipelago of 169 islands in the South Pacific, cut off from modernity as it is physically from the Western world. Each month, however, the United States deports ethnic Tongans convicted of murder, gang violence and other serious crimes to this peaceful island kingdom. Forced to leave behind spouses, children, and family in the U.S., the convicts arrive to an unfamiliar homeland and met by a community wary of their presence. The film explores whether Tonga can absorb this influx of hardened criminals and whether these men and women can adapt and survive in exile or revert to their violent ways. [56 minutes]

  • Let's Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui and Friends (#203)

    In this intimate backyard performance, master slack key musician Cyril Pahinui (featured in last season's "Waimea 'Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar") jams with some of the most talented musicians in Hawaii. The Oscar-winning film The Descendantsprominently featured the music of Cyril's father, Gabby "Pop" Pahinui, considered the "Godfather" of Hawaiian slack key guitar. [56 minutes]

  • Hula: The Language of the Heart (#204)

    The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, a four-day competition and exhibition often referred to as the "Olympics of Hula," showcases the elegance, power and storytelling richness of this ancient art form. The program, which highlights the 2012 festival winners, presents an entertaining yet thought-provoking look at hula's role in the past, present and future of the Hawaiian people. [56 minutes]

  • Pure Caz: Music of the Brothers Cazimero (#301)

    Legendary musicians Robert and Roland Cazimero of the The Brothers Cazimero perform an enchanting array of original compositions and island standards. Also featured are reflections from the brothers and their friends on their childhood, their illustrious careers, and their perspectives on Hawaiian music from the past to the present. [56 minutes]

  • 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]

  • Na Loea: The Masters (#304)

    Na Loea: The Masters beautifully depicts the lives of those who are considered masters in Hawaiian culture. This episode includes two stories: Ancestral Ink features Keone Nunes, a kumu hula (teacher of hula) and master of traditional kakau (tattooing), and The Great Heart of Waiokane features Ed Wendt, a pioneer in the taro restoration movement who has helped to re-establish the water rights for all traditional farmers in east Maui. [56 minutes]

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