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The Illness & the Odyssey

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 hold the key to solving the riddle of other neurological nightmares. The film features the renowned doctor Oliver Sacks and other luminaries in the field of neuroscience. Based on Dr. Sacks' book The Island of the Colorblind, the film traces the struggle to solve a medical mystery plaguing a native population in Guam.

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Na Loea: The Masters

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.

  • 2017-04-02T21:00:00-07:00

Na Mele: Jerry Santos

Legendary musician Jerry Santos shares music and thoughts about his home in Hawai'i. Fellow musicians Kamuela Kimokeo and Hoku Zuttermeister accompany Jerry as they perform at his home and in front of backdrops depicting his hometown of Kahaluu, on Windward O'ahu.

  • 2017-04-09T21:00:00-07:00

Road to the Globe

In 2010, the home of Shakespeare - The Globe Theatre in London, England - issued a proclamation outlining the world's biggest Shakespearean festival: 36 countries, 36 Shakespearean plays, 36 languages. New Zealand actor Rawiri Paratene answered the call and was given the honor to open the festival. Spanning the twelve-week period before Opening Night, ROAD TO THE GLOBE follows Rawiri as he forms his own company, Ngakau Toa, consisting of New Zealand's best Maori actors, and their journey as they prepare to take their Maori adaption of William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida to The Globe.

  • 2017-04-16T21:00:00-07:00

Na Loea: The Masters II

NA LOEA: THE MASTERS II provides a unique window in the lives of those who are considered masters in Hawaiian culture. From sustainable fishing and land management practices, to preserving traditional language and arts, NA LOEA: THE MASTERS II shares the stories of native Hawaiians who have dedicated their lives to practice, preserve and pass on knowledge and expertise accumulated over years.

  • 2017-04-23T21:00:00-07:00