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PACIFIC HEARTBEAT: Na Lani 'Eha From 'Iolani Palace: The Music Of Hawaiian Royalty

The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus directed by Nola Nahulu. In "Na Lani Eha From 'Iolani Palace,” revered musicians perform songs composed by the last members of Hawaii’s monarchy. The compelling anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT once again delves into the rich history, music and culture of Hawaii.
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The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus directed by Nola Nahulu. In "Na Lani Eha From 'Iolani Palace,” revered musicians perform songs composed by the last members of Hawaii’s monarchy. The compelling anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT once again delves into the rich history, music and culture of Hawaii.

Airs Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Jeff Peterson, one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians. In "Na Lani Eha From 'Iolani Palace,” revered musicians perform songs composed by the last members of Hawaii’s monarchy.
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Jeff Peterson, one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians. In "Na Lani Eha From 'Iolani Palace,” revered musicians perform songs composed by the last members of Hawaii’s monarchy.
Marlene Sai, singer. In "Na Lani Eha From 'Iolani Palace,” revered musicians perform songs composed by the last members of Hawaii’s monarchy.
Courtesy of American Public Television
Marlene Sai, singer. In "Na Lani Eha From 'Iolani Palace,” revered musicians perform songs composed by the last members of Hawaii’s monarchy.

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT is a new anthology series that provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues. From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, the series features a diverse array of programs that will draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.

"Na Lani 'Eha From 'Iolani Palace: The Music of Hawaiian Royalty" - This historic production brings together some of Hawai‘i’s most beloved musicians to perform songs composed by the last members of Hawai‘i’s ruling monarchy.

Iolani Palace’s executive director and curator provide a historical background of the royal palace — the only one of its kind in the United States — and the musicians explain the cultural significance of the royal repertoire.

The program features Marlene Sai, Robert Cazimero, Nina Kealiiwahamana, Haunani Apoliona, Dennis and David Kamakahi, Aaron Mahi, Kuuipo Kumukahi and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders, Jeff Peterson, Helene Woodward, Ilana Mahiehie Davis and the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus directed by Nola Nahulu.

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT is on Facebook. 'Iolani Palace is on Facebook.

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