PBS Hawaii – Pacific Heartbeat Anthology Series – “Tokyo Hula”
May 22, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm HST
From PBS Hawaii:
Now in its tenth season, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT brings the authentic Pacific – people, cultures, languages, music and contemporary issues – to your screen. This new season presents four new documentary films recounting diverse aspects of pacific lives, and two encore presentations that delve into the spiritual and cultural world of hula, Hawaiʻi and beyond.
This documentary by Lisette Flanary explores the phenomenal popularity of hula in Japan from both Native Hawaiian and Japanese perspectives. An estimated two million people dance hula in Japan – a figure greater than the entire population of Hawai‘i. The explosive growth has created a multi-million dollar industry. Through interviews with Hawaiian master hula teachers and Japanese students, the film poses important questions about what happens to culture when it is exported.