Glimpses of Hawaii on NBC Today Show

Posted by Keli'i Kotubetey on May 20, 2013

Between the sleepy hours of 1 – 4am on Monday May 20th, the NBC Today Show broadcasted live across the United States from the shores of Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The show was early in the morning so that it would be live (7am Eastern Time) along the East Coast as it normally is. The famous morning show boasts recognizable names such as Al Roker, Matt Lauer, and Savannah Guthrie.

In anticipation of the 3-hour show in Hawaii, film crews were dispatched across Oahu a week earlier to capture short segments to give the show some content, culture, and diversity that they couldn’t get in live interviews between 1 and 4 in the morning.

One such cultural segment gave viewers a glimpse into the Hawai’i that we are very familiar with and one that the general population of the continental US has no clue of. Mainstream tourism images were prevalent throughout the show (tahitian dancing, pineapples, and Diamond Head) but this particular 4-minute segment was a breath of fresh air (maybe because we knew everyone!). Included in the segment were kumu and haumana from Hālau Kū Mana Charter School, Manu Boyd and his Hālau O Ke ‘A’ali’i Kū Makani, scenes of Papahana Kuaola at Waipao, and Paepae o He’eia.

We are thankful for the 4-minute spotlight and hope in the future that similar shows or agencies with a wide local and national reach continue to portray Hawai’i in a manner respectful and true to this beautiful place we call home.

Click here to view the video segment

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