Public broadcasting in Hawaii touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s two public television and eight public radio stations play a vital role in Hawaii education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Hawaii:
- Collaborates on HIKI NÕ, the first statewide student news network, with the Hawaii State Department of Education, the Hawaii Association for Independent Schools and the Hawaii Charter School Administrative Office. It teaches students 21st-century skills such as digital literacy, entrepreneurism, creativity, risk-taking, collaboration and the effective use of real-world tools with real-world applications.
- Airs The Conversation, a locally produced, one-hour Hawaii Public Radio program that is “for, by and about the people of Hawaii.” It includes island-to-island interviews and features on science, arts and culture and history.
- Provides public radio news directors and reporters to give presentations to journalism classes, serve as panelists for media seminars and host news writing workshops for University of Hawaii students who work on the university’s paper, Ka Leo.
- Produces a suite of programming that explores the historical and cultural significance of the people, places and issues unique to the island state.
- Broadcasts the Hawaii State Spelling Bee.
- Broadcasts such documentaries on Hawaiian stories as Under a Jarvis Moon,a film about 130 young Hawaiian men, mostly native students from Kamehameha Schools, who were sent by the U.S. government to occupy the remote Pacific Islands of Howland, Baker and Jarvis from 1935 to 1942.
- Hosted StoryCorps’ first visit to Hawaii, in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, the Hawaii Council for the Humanities and the Mission Houses Museum. Story Corps recorded interviews on four islands.