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PACIFIC HEARTBEAT: There Once Was An Island - Te Henua E Nnoho

Airs Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The village of Takuu atoll. "There Once Was An Island – Te Henua e Nnoho" explores the environmental crisis facing the Takuu atoll in Papua New Guinea.

Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT journeys into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture.

Rising tides crash against Takuu, a tiny island just north east of Bougainville, in Papua New Guinea.
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Above: Rising tides crash against Takuu, a tiny island just north east of Bougainville, in Papua New Guinea.

High waves flood the village, Takuu atoll in Papua New Guinea.
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Above: High waves flood the village, Takuu atoll in Papua New Guinea.

"There Once Was An Island - Te Henua E Nnoho" - This episode gives a human face to the issue of global climate change. It is the story of a Pacific Island community fighting to preserve what really matters in the face of rising tides.

Takuu atoll is an idyllic home to articulate, educated people who maintain a 1,200-year-old culture and language. The island is disintegrating and when scientists arrive to investigate, residents realize that their attempts to preserve the atoll are making the situation worse.

With limited means of communication or outside support, the people of Takuu must make the heart-wrenching decision of whether to risk their safety and remain on their beloved island or become environmental refugees and begin new lives in neighboring, but foreign, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

"There Once Was An Island – Te Henua e Nnoho" is a sobering exposé on climate change and how a community’s sense of identity will be lost in the rising tides.

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Preview: There Once Was An Island – Te Henua e Nnoho

Above: "There Once Was An Island – Te Henua e Nnoho" is a sobering exposé on climate change and how a community’s sense of identity will be lost in the rising tides.

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Series Preview: Pacific Heartbeat

Above: PACIFIC HEARTBEAT is a new anthology series that provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues.