PACIFIC HEARTBEAT, now in its sixth season, is an anthology series that provides viewers with a glimpse of the real Pacific – its people, cultures and contemporary issues. The series features a diverse array of programs that will draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.
Pacific Heartbeat Season 6 premieres in May 2017 on PBS Hawaiʻi.
A co-presentation of Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaiʻi
Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8 pm
Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson is a Hawaiian story of pain and promise, of challenge and triumph and a story of leadership. Sustaining a serious eye wound in Normandy during WWII that left him in the dark for two years, Myron “Pinky” Thompson emerged with a clear vision of his purpose in life. Thompson would go on to be a social worker, mentor and revered leader in the Native Hawaiian community who left a legacy of positive social change, pride in Pacific heritage and a strong sense of native identity among Hawaiians that flourishes today.
Ever the Land
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8 pm
Ever The Land explores the sublime bond between people and their land. For the past 150 years, longstanding grievances over extreme colonization tactics have defined the Ngāi (tribe) Tūhoe and New Zealand governments relationship. In 2014 history was made when the Tūhoe’s ancestral homelands were returned, the New Zealand government gave a official apology and Tūhoe built the first ever “Living Building” in Aotearoa New Zealand as a testament to their values and vision of self-governance.
Next Goal Wins
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8 pm
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet. Next Goal Wins is an inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.
Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8 pm
Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists – Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) – a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea. Through their stories Mele Murals shows how public art and Native Hawaiian traditions transforms the artists, students and community.