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Pacific Heartbeat

Na Lani 'Eha From 'Iolani Palace: The Music of Hawaiian Royalty (#201)

[56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT draws viewers into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture. Episodes: "Na Mele: Jerry Santos", "Splinters", "Road to the Globe" and "Na Loea: The Masters."

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