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The Quietest Place On Earth

Airs Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at 11 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 14 at Noon on on KPBS TV

Halaeakala sunrise, Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Credit: Courtesy of Vendetti Productions LLC

Above: Halaeakala sunrise, Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Where is the Quietest Place on Earth?

The Hawaiian Islands are the most remote major island group on earth.

On the second-largest island of Maui, the Haleakala volcano rises 10,000 feet — nearly two miles — into the sky. And the massive crater located at its summit carries the unique distinction of "The Quietest Place on Earth."

For some, the exquisite stillness of this stark volcanic landscape can mimic a religious experience, while for others, it simply inspires a deeper awareness of humans' place in nature.

From the producers behind "When the Mountain Calls," "The Quietest Place On Earth" explores Maui's geological and spiritual birthplace.

The Quietest Place On Earth - Trailer

"The Quietest Place On Earth" explores Maui's geological and spiritual birthplace.

Featuring stunning cinematography, this poetic documentary looks at the majestic landscape through the eyes of Hawaiian cultural practitioners, artists, scientists, doctors, authors, musicians, paniolo (cowboys) and spiritual leaders, many of whom live on Haleakala's slopes.

The film's subjects — ranging from pioneering spiritual author Ram Dass ("Be Here Now") to 73-year-old rodeo champion and trail-ride leader Wilfred Souza — each speak to the transformative power of Haleakala's silence.

Cultural specialist Clifford Nae'ole and visionary musical artist Keola Beamer (PACIFIC HEARTBEAT) introduce Haleakala's preeminent place in Hawaiian mythology and in the day-to-day lives of Hawaiians throughout history.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin, groundbreaking musician Paul Horn (in his last recorded performance) and his wife, musician-author-actress Ann Mortifee, also explore the place and power of silence in the creative process.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Vendetti Productions LLC

Soundtracker Gordon Hempton, Haleakala. On the second-largest island of Maui, the Haleakala volcano rises 10,000 feet — nearly two miles — into the sky.

Credits:

Vendetti Productions LLC. Distributed by American Public Television.

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