A PBS Hawai‘i podcast that explores Hawaiʻi's local cultures, communities and relationships – that help shape our identity. PBS Hawaiʻi President and CEO Ron Mizutani hosts a weekly conversation with unique and colorful individuals from across the state. From rubbah slippahs to unsolved local mysteries, Ron and guests examine and shed light on the real deal of what makes Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi.
Pua Traditions (with Makanani Sala)
Which side do you wear your flower, and does it matter? Why should pregnant women only receive open lei? And what is a leg reader? Makanani Sala, director of the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, sits down with Ron to discuss our many pua (flower) traditions.
Slack Key (with Jeff Peterson)
Kī hōʻalu master Jeff Peterson talks about the art of slack key guitar, and growing up the son of a paniolo on the slopes of Haleakalā Ranch.
The Xerox Murders (with Evelyn Balatico)
On November 2, 1999, seven men lost their lives in the Xerox building on Nimitz Highway. Ron is joined by Evelyn Balatico, mother of 33-year-old victim Jason Balatico, as they recount the day of the deadliest mass shooting in Hawaiʻi history.
The Power of 11 11 (with Alice Inoue)
Life coach Alice Inoue talks with Ron about the significance of the number pattern 11-11.
Surfing Like The Ancients (with Pohaku Stone)
Cultural practitioner and waterman Pohaku Stone returns to talk about the art of crafting and riding on wood surfboards, and the effect that Carissa Moore and her Olympic gold medal win has had on the sport.
ʻOpihi (with Lanai Tabura)
It's known as "Hawaiian gold", and it's getting harder to find. DJ/comedian/TV personality Lanai Tabura returns to the show once again to talk with Ron about the dangerous art of picking ʻopihi.
This is a very good podcast. I am not Hawaiian. But I am interested in other cultures. I really enjoy the paranormal side of Hawaii. That’s how I found this podcast. I was searching for the night marchers and found this podcast. I liked it so much I just kept listening. I would love if you did more of the paranormal side of Hawaii and the lore. It’s very interesting. Don’t make the mistake of passing this podcast by if you are not Hawaiian. It’s very well done. Also IF you can maybe explain more about the Hawaiian terms and such for us that are not Hawaiian. If not it’s ok. But thank you very informative
I’m California born & raised, but this podcast makes me feel like I’m talking to friends. The mix of old school reminiscing with island lore and knowledge makes each episode just delightful. Ron is the perfect host, and guests are interesting and well-chosen. I can’t wait for the next episodes!
I just get one question
How you going do one show about Molokai…and den invite one guy named Lanai?!? 😂 nah, don’t get me wrong, I love Lanai Tabura…but being born and raised on Molokai, would have been nice to have somebody from Molokai on that episode. All good though, still brought back great memories of Saturday nights in high school buying hot bread and cruising the wharf. Great podcast - in fact, my first podcast (EVER) that I try and listen to regularly! Keep up the good work!