What School You Went?

What School You Went?

A PBS Hawai‘i podcast that explores Hawaiʻi's local cultures, communities and relationships – that help shape our identity. PBS Hawaiʻi President and CEO Ron Mizutani hosts a weekly conversation with unique and colorful individuals from across the state. From rubbah slippahs to unsolved local mysteries, Ron and guests examine and shed light on the real deal of what makes Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi.

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February 21, 2024 19 mins

Originally published September 29, 2021.

For some, it's a rite of passage. For others, it's a daily morning routine. In this episode, we explore the Koko Crater Stairs with David Nixon, president of the Kokonut Koalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and rehabilitating the trail.

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Originally published September 22, 2021.

Award-winning journalist and TV personality Olena Heu returns to the show to talk about an unusual beach on Kauaʻi, and the effects of social media on once-hidden spots.

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Originally published September 15, 2021.

It's a legend that has struck fear into the hearts of Central Oʻahu residents for generations. Master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui joins Ron as they discuss the Green Lady of Wahiawā.

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Originally published September 8, 2021.

Writer, editor and publicist Mona Wood-Sword joins Ron to examine the highs and the lows of reaching aunty & uncle status.

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Originally published September 1, 2021.

DJ/comedian/TV personality Lanai Tabura returns to the show to talk about Kanemitsu’s Bakery and the Molokai Hot Bread Run. (Or is it Molokaʻi?)

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Originally published August 25, 2021.

Cultural practitioner and waterman Pohaku Stone joins Ron to talk about how the ocean saved him, and how he and his family are perpetuating the death-defying Hawaiian tradition of hōlua, or lava sledding.

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December 27, 2023 24 mins

Sashimi is a local New Year’s custom, but how much do you know about the journey from sea to plate? Eric Kingma, Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Longline Association, explains.

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December 20, 2023 41 mins

With New Year’s Eve comes the annual conversation about fireworks. Comedian and City Councilmember Augie Tulba weighs in on the divisive tradition.

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December 13, 2023 24 mins

Chef Mark Noguchi talks about the popular hole-in-the wall hot spot, Palace Saimin in Kalihi.

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December 6, 2023 26 mins

As Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele take their yearly seats in front of Honolulu Hale, sculptor Alex Ching reveals the process of getting the icons ready for the holidays.

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November 29, 2023 23 mins

On December 12, 1985, Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi welcomed the community to Honolulu Hale to celebrate the lighting of a 50-foot Norfolk Pine. Pauline Worsham of Friends of Honolulu City Lights gets us ready for the 39th Anniversary of this joyful holiday tradition.

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November 22, 2023 27 mins

Born and raised in Waimanalo, Sasha Colby’s drag and gender journey is a story of truth, authenticity, perseverance and strength, and the Season 15 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race is just getting started.

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November 15, 2023 27 mins

For the freshest local produce, look no further than Hawaiʻi’s farmers markets. Melissa Chang, social media manager for Oʻahu’s Farm Lover’s Market, explains.

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November 8, 2023 25 mins

Robert "Flash" Hansen, Director of Promotions & Marketing at iHeartMedia Honolulu, talks about the history of iconic Waikiki spot Hula's Bar and Lei Stand ahead of its 50th anniversary.

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November 1, 2023 33 mins

Craig Sugihara talks about his humble beginnings in Pearl City to founding the iconic surf brand, Town & Country Surf Shop.

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October 25, 2023 24 mins

Lopaka Kapanui tells the story of a forgotten plantation cemetery on Oʻahu’s north shore.

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Master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui reveals the history of an area in Mōʻiliʻili, and why the condominium built on it is believed by many to be the most haunted building in Honolulu.

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October 11, 2023 20 mins

For nearly four decades, the legend of the faceless ghost haunted the Waiʻalae Drive-In. Hawaiʻi's expert in the supernatural, Lopaka Kapanui, tells the story.

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October 4, 2023 15 mins

Hawaiʻi's premier ghost storyteller Lopaka Kapanui returns to talk about the supernatural reputation of a Mānoa dormitory.

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September 27, 2023 19 mins

Reno Henriques, chef and owner of Fresh Catch, talks about his journey to opening his first restaurant and how he became friends with Food Network’s Guy Fieri.

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