Pacific Heartbeat

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. Episodes: "Na Mele: Jerry Santos", "Splinters", "Road to the Globe" and "Na Loea: The Masters."

Sun, Jun 27 5:00 A.M. Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula     NH WORLD

The role of male hula dancers has long been overshadowed by Western concepts of gender and sexuality.

Mon, Jun 28 7:00 P.M. Leitis In Waiting     NH WORLD

Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga's evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.

Mon, Jun 28 8:00 P.M. Born This Way: Awa's Story and the Rogers     NH WORLD

Born This Way: Awaʻs Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tue, Jun 29 12:00 A.M. Leitis In Waiting     NH WORLD

Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga's evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.

Tue, Jun 29 1:00 A.M. Born This Way: Awa's Story and the Rogers     NH WORLD

Born This Way: Awaʻs Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tue, Jun 29 8:00 A.M. Leitis In Waiting     NH WORLD

Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga's evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.

Tue, Jun 29 9:00 A.M. Born This Way: Awa's Story and the Rogers     NH WORLD

Born This Way: Awaʻs Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sun, Jul 4 4:00 A.M. Leitis In Waiting     NH WORLD

Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga's evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.

Sun, Jul 4 5:00 A.M. Born This Way: Awa's Story and the Rogers     NH WORLD

Born This Way: Awaʻs Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand.


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Pacific Heartbeat By Episode

  • Waiting for John (#503)

    If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle when one arrived? When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America's fantastic cargo.

  • Mele Murals (#601)

    Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture.

  • Poi E: The Story of Our Song (#701)

    Not many songs in the history of the Universe have the power to bridge cultures, save towns, change lives, travel the world, set records and give pride to a culture, a community, a language and a people.

  • Prison Songs (#801)

    The people imprisoned in a Darwin jail are shown in a unique and completely new light in Australia's first ever documentary musical.

  • Leitis In Waiting (#802)

    Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga's evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.

  • Te Kuhane O Te Tupuna (The Spirit of the Ancestors) (#803)

    This documentary film is a journey from Easter Island to London, in search of the lost Moai Hoa Haka Nanaia, a statue of significant cultural importance.

  • Corridor Four (#804)

    A nationally recognized K9 Unit Officer, Isaac Ho'opi'i is responsible for saving numerous people from the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

  • Let's Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui And Friends (#805)

  • Anote's Ark (#901)

    The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life.

  • Power Meri (#902)

    Power Meri follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia.

  • Born This Way: Awa's Story and the Rogers (#903)

    Born This Way: Awaʻs Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand.

  • The Australian Dream (#1001)

    THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM unravels the remarkable and inspirational story of Indigenous AFL legend Adam Goodes to tell a deeper and more powerful story about race, identity and belonging.

  • For My Father's Kingdom (#1002)

    FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM follows Tongan pensioner Saia Mafile'o and his family as they are stretched to breaking point by the commitment and passion to God that has driven Saia's life.

  • Stan (#1003)

    This breathtakingly honest and brave documentary follows 26-year-old musician Stan Walker as he fights a rare cancer caused by a genetic mutation that has killed 25 members of his family.

  • Tokyo Hula (#1004)

    Today it is estimated there are nearly 2 million people dancing hula in Japan - a figure greater than the entire population of Hawai'i.

  • American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i (#1005)

    AMERICAN ALOHA: HULA BEYOND HAWAI'I tells the stories of three kumu hula (master instructors) who direct hula schools based in California.

  • Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula (#1006)

    The role of male hula dancers has long been overshadowed by Western concepts of gender and sexuality.


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