‘This American Life’ Visits Niihau
“The owner of a Hawaiian island adapts rules originally set in the nineteenth centuryÂ â€” and not everyone is happy with her interpretation,” reads the synopsis for the episode, which will also include a piece about a New Jersey judge and other stories.
The Niihau segment was featured at the close of the most recent re-broadcast of “This American Life.”
“There’s this island in Hawaii that most of us would never be allowed onto,” says host Ira Glass. “It’s forÂ native Hawaiians to live in a more traditional way. It’s been thatÂ way since the 1860s. It’s the last place on Earth where they speak Hawaiian as the everydayÂ language. No running water, no street lights, no drinking, no drugs, no talking to journalists. We go there next week.”
The episode will be broadcastÂ nationally beginning onÂ Friday, March 3. In Hawaii, Hawaii Public RadioÂ will air itÂ Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. on HPR-1 (88.1FM Honolulu).