The Red Hibiscus
A Honolulu detective seeks a mysterious torch singer.
- Robert Pennybacker
- Subject Matter
- Identity, Culture, Crime & Justice
A short film noir of a Honolulu detective who seeks a mysterious torch singer. The singer ends up being the elusive spirit of a pre-statehood Hawai‘i. In the end, he discovers the spirit can no longer exist in modern-day Hawai‘i.
Robert Pennybacker signed on as PBS Hawaii’s Vice President of Creative Services in September of 2007 and, as of April of 2013, is now PBS Hawaii’s Executive Producer of Learning Initiatives. His primary responsibility in that role is overseeing HIKI NŌ: The Nation’s Statewide Student News Network. Robert was PBS Hawaii’s Executive Producer for the ITVS/LINCS documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, which aired on more than 50% of the PBS stations across the country. In 2008 he served on the ITVS/LINCS selection panel and 2010 the ITVS Open Call selection panel, and is serving on the 2013 ITVS Open Call selection panel.
Robert is the series producer of Pacific Heartbeat. He is also the Executive Producer of E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name, an ITVS/LINCS funded documentary that has just been completed.