Nā Lani ‘Ehā from ‘Iolani Palace: The Music of Hawaiian Royalty
This historic production, produced by PBS Hawaii, brings together some of Hawaii’s most beloved musicians to perform songs composed by the last members of Hawaii’s ruling monarchy.
This program was produced by PBS Hawaii. For more information, please visit www.pbshawaii.org.
This historic production, produced by PBS Hawaii, 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 viewers with a historical background of the palace, and the musicians themselves explain the cultural significance of the royal repertoire.
Available until May 2017 through American Public Television
Robert Pennybacker, Executive Producer
After graduating with honors from the USC School of Cinema, Robert Pennybacker began a successful career in Hawai‘i’s television industry, working in management positions for local CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates for 20 years before launching his own production and marketing firm, Pennybacker Creative LLC, in 2001. Under that banner, he wrote several television documentaries and produced and directed award-winning marketing videos, commercials, and public service announcements. Since 2007, Pennybacker has served as PBS Hawaii’s Vice President of Creative Services, where he oversees a range of projects. He was PBS Hawaii’s Executive Producer for the acclaimed documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, which aired on PBS stations across the country.
Jay W. Junker, Co-Producer
Jay W. Junker has taught for 20 years in the Ethnomusicology program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has worked closely with many of Hawai‘i’s greatest traditional musicians. His credits in the music and film industries are numerous. Most recently, Junker served as a music consultant to the feature film The Descendants, produced the album Return to the Source for Hindustani slide guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya, and co-produced a concert tour and DVD for The Hawaiian Legends, a group that includes slack key guitar masters Ledward Kaapana and Dennis Kamakahi, bassist Nathan Auweau, and guitarist Mike Kaawa.