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This May, a new television series will debut on PBS stations nationwide. The
series, Pacific Heartbeat, comes to Public Television in partnership with
PBS Hawaii and Pacific Islanders in Communication. It is an unprecedented
collection of critically acclaimed documentaries centered on the Pacific
Islander experience -- including one film "Waimea 'Ukulele & Slack Key
Guitar" about the annual 'Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute event held
in Hawaii's cowboy country. From revealing exposés to rousing musical
performances, the five-part series features a diverse array of programs
intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.

Pacific Heartbeat includes the following critically acclaimed and
award-winning documentaries: "Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha" (Keep Your
Love), in which a legendary Hawaiian composer, inspired by the ancient
battle cry of his royal ancestor, collaborates with a brilliant ensemble of
musicians to create a multicultural concert masterpiece; "Papa Mau: The
Wayfinder", which recounts the fundamental role that master navigator Mau
Piailug played in reawakening Polynesian pride by teaching Hawaiians the
dying art of traditional voyaging without the aid of instruments; "There
Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho", which tells the story of a Pacific
Island community that must make the heart-wrenching decision of whether to
stay on their beloved island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, as
their home is destroyed by climate change; "Under a Jarvis Moon", which
reveals the untold stories of teenage Hawaiian boys who were sent on a
clandestine mission to occupy deserted islands in the middle of the Pacific
prior to World War II; and "Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar", which
showcases rousing performances and rare interviews with ‘ukulele and slack
key guitar masters abound at the Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar
Institute, held annually in Hawaii’s cowboy country. Check-in with your
local PBS station this May for local air date and time. For more information about the series visit Pacificheartbeat.