About This Program
Pacific Heartbeat is a national public television series of critically acclaimed documentaries that provides an authentic glimpse into the Pacific Islander experience. Creative and beautifully told stories about arts, culture and intimate human stories, the series features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.
From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, Pacific Heartbeat features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.
Pacific Heartbeat is produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications in partnership with PBS Hawaii, and distributed by American Public Television.
Episodes from Season 5
A Place to Call Home
Two women at odds over a plan to rebuild one community with houses taken from the other. A Place to Call Home explores what it means to own a home and feel connected to a place. It looks at how the health of a community is impacted when the state changes the rules and what becomes of a community that no longer has social housing.
Sons of Hālawa
At the age of five, Pilipo Solatorio was chosen to be the carrier of Hālawa’s ancient traditions. Now in his 70s, Pilipo is the last of his generation living in the valley and he needs to find a successor to replace before the treasures are lost forever. Will his sons come home to take on the responsibility of carrying these traditions forward?
Waiting for John
If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle the first time you encountered one? Waiting for John tells the story of America’s impact on a remote South Pacific island and the last surviving Cargo Cult, the John Frum Movement, following believers today in the struggle to preserve their culture.
Dream Big - Nānākuli at the Fringe
In 2011, students and alumni from the Nānākuli Performing Arts Center on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi traveled to Scotland to perform at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Learn how this group, who hailed from what was once considered the "worst" school in Hawaiʻi, came to proudly represent the United States in the largest art festival in the world.
In the '80s a pilot left behind a surfboard in the village of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Twenty years later, surfing is a pillar of life and a means to prestige. This story explores the hopes and dreams of the surfers, the effect that it has had on relationships, and the rivalries that surface within this tight knit, male-dominated community.