I remember being intrigued and captivated back in 1981 when a fisherman hauled in a giant squid 10 miles off Oahu. We landlubbers very rarely get to see these. The squid's eyeballs were as large as basketballs. And that wasn't the only anatomical feature of note. Giant squids have three hearts, a beak, and tooth-covered tentacles. Many years later, a shop owner at Heeia Kea Pier in Windward Oahu showed me parts of a giant squid he'd preserved in bottles for decades. When he brought them out, no one in the store could resist a long, up-close look. Find out more about these creatures tonight (Wed., June 20, 2012), as PBS Hawaii airs a new episode of INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS, featuring a giant squid found near New Zealand.
Here are other highlights nicely rounding out the rest of the week on PBS Hawaii:
The newest edition of HIKI NŌ is hosted by students from Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, (Thurs., June 21, 2012, 7:30 pm). In this episode, young reporters from Roosevelt High School (Oahu) go beyond a fellow student's quirky personality and delve into the barriers he's overcome as an immigrant. On Oahu's Leeward side, Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao students demonstrate how each other's differences can lead to new friendships.
Other schools featured in this episode: Hilo High School, Kamehameha Schools - Hawaii (Hawaii Island); Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (Kauai); Lahaina Intermediate School (Maui); and Campbell High School and Waianae High School on Oahu.
This HIKI NŌ newscast encores Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 3:00 pm. You may also view this newscast and past episodes on our website, www.pbshawaii.org/hikino
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., June 21, 2012, 8:00 pm) sizes up the race for the District 1 Honolulu City Council seat, which represents the Waianae Coast, Kapolei, Makakilo and parts of Ewa Beach. Some of the hot button issues this area faces are rail, traffic congestion, development, job creation and food sustainability. Join Dan Boylan for Election 2012: Honolulu City Council, District 1 as he moderates a discussion with these candidates: City Council incumbent Tom Berg; E.J. Delacruz, Leeward Community College student; Mel Kahele, former Teamsters leader; Kymberly Pine, former State Representative; and Alex Santiago, former State Representative.
Look for a student from a public school in Honolulu, competing in The 2012 National Geographic Bee (Sat., June 23, 2012, 8:00 pm). The bee brings together state finalists in grades 4 through 8 to compete for the Bee title, a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Hawaii's representative is Mika Ishii, one of the youngest contenders, from Wilson Elementary School in Waialae Nui.
With intimate access to both the family and the Dalai Lama, POV (Thurs., June 21, 2012, 10:00 pm) chronicles the 20-year story of exiled Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his Western-born son, Yeshi. My Reincarnation follows Norbu's rise as a teacher in the West. Yeshi, recognized from birth as the reincarnation of a famed Buddhist master, breaks away to embrace the modern world.
IN THE LIFE continues to look at issues impacting the LGBT community in these back-to-back episodes:
-- Finding Home (Fri., June 22, 2012, 11:00 pm) examines homelessness among LGBT youth kicked out of their homes. The episode also visits New York's first permanent affordable housing units for at-risk youth.
-- 30 Years Positive (Fri., June 22, 2012, 11:30 pm) looks back at 20 years of HIV/AIDS coverage, followed by a frank discussion on HIV/AIDS prevention with actress Harmony Santana and Rev. Charles King.
SIMPLY MING (Sat., June 23, 2012, 5:30 pm) goes to the home kitchen of a Singapore chef for Damian D'Silva and Authentic Singapore Cuisine. A fixture on the local culinary scene, D'Silva is known for bringing back centuries-old cooking traditions. Using surprise ingredients from a local open market, Ming and Damian cook up some traditional ethnic cuisine.
Pedal America hopes you will discover the joys of cycling. The first of a new seven-part series with co-hosts Kati Lightholder and Ira David Levy, Let's Keep It Weird: Austin, TX (Sat., June 23, 2012, 7:00 pm) sends Ira to this bicycle-friendly city. There, he visits a bicycle zoo and pedals in a bicycle parade. Ira also cycles along the Lance Armstrong Bikeway and Trail at Lady Bird Lake, then finds out how bicycles are involved in community service at Austin's Yellow Bike Project.
World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements (Sat., June 23, 2012, 9:00 pm) tells the story of educator John Hunter and "The World Peace Game" he developed to demonstrate the complexities of peace and global conflict. The game has fourth grade students playing the roles of nation states, the World Bank, United Nations officials, indigenous peoples and even arms dealers, to tackle real-world military, economic and environmental issues.
John Portman: A Life of Building (Sat., June 23, 2012, 10:00 pm) examines the work and 45-year legacy of one of the world's most daring and influential architects. Visible in 60 cities across four continents, Portman's iconic urban structures and interiors emphasize function, purpose and sensory experience.
Encore pick of the week:
With access to the MGM library, AMERICAN MASTERS (Fri., June 22, 2012, 9:00 pm) profiles one of the country's most iconic female vocalists, perhaps best known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Using screen tests and rehearsal footage, Judy Garland: By Myself tells Garland's story using her own words. This program last aired in 2006 and we recently obtained new broadcast rights to present it.