Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT draws viewers into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture.
This season of Pacific Heartbeat follows a Maori acting company on their journey to bring a native language adaptation of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida to The Globe Theatre in London, profiles an intimate musical journey with legendary Hawaiian musician Jerry Santos, shares the stories of native Hawaiian masters who have dedicated their lives to practice, preserve and pass on knowledge and expertise, and travels to Papua New Guinea as a group of men and women compete for a coveted spot on the national surfing team – their only way out to see the wider world.
Pure Caz: Music of the Brothers Cazimero
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.
Wednesday, May 7. 8:00 p.m.
Na Mele: Jerry Santos
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.
Wednesday, May 14. 8:00 p.m.
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.
Wednesday, May 21. 8:00 p.m.
Na Loea: The Masters II
NA LOEA: THE MASTERS 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 shares the stories of native Hawaiians who have dedicated their lives to practice, preserve and pass on knowledge and expertise accumulated over years.
Wednesday, May 28. 8:00 p.m.