Can You Hear Us Now?

Last Friday night at 10pm, we had a power outage while some equipment maintenance was being performed. When power was restored a few hours later, we worked on getting all our signals back up, and by Saturday morning, we confirmed our over-the-air signal was fine, as were the feeds going to Charter and Hawaiian Tel cable systems. (DISH and DirecTV take our over-the-air signal.)

However, later in the day we  learned that DISH and DirecTV subscribers were not getting audio due to a system incompatibility between the audio we feed and the audio they process.

That problem has since been resolved. However, if you are still having audio problems, please send me an email (pkihara@kikutv.com) to let me know. In your email, please let me know how you are receiving KIKU: over the air, by cable (Charter or Hawaiian Tel), or by satellite (DISH or DirecTV). Thank you.

Why we can re-air some programs and can’t re-air others

Many viewers write me with their suggestions to re-air programs we aired in the past. I receive suggestions all the time from people asking us to replay old taiga dramas or Oshin or old samurai dramas. Conversely, I also receive comments asking why we are re-airing programs we recently aired, like Lone Wolf with Cub or Seven Detectives.

I thought it would help to explain why we can re-air some programs and cannot re-air others.

You see, we don’t own the programs we air. We license them from rights holders and each program we license comes with strict terms that govern the dates and number of times we must run the program. This is why we can’t just pull old programs we’ve aired before off the shelf to air again anytime we choose. Once a license expires, we don’t have that option. We would need to re-license the programs and pay a fee all over again. The programs we are re-airing right now fall within our license agreement terms and have to be re-aired.

Still, I love hearing your suggestions about programs you’d like to see. It helps serve as a guide when we are researching new programs to license. Please keep your suggestions coming.

Ja ne, Phyllis

Confusion about Lone Wolf with Cub

KIKU began airing the Lone Wolf with Cub series in 2018. There are three seasons of this program and we just completed airing the third and final season. Once season one was completed, we re-aired it in its entirety before we aired season two. When season two ended, we re-aired it in its entirety before beginning season three. Now that season three has ended, we’ll be re-airing it, too. This has some people confused because the final episode of season three was obviously very final. But we will be re-airing it beginning this Friday night.

Many people were also confused by a comment Retsudo made in the final episode. He called Daigoro his grandson, leaving many people wondering if there was some blood connection between them. But from what we understand, Retsudo was referring to Daigoro as “grandson of my heart” versus a blood relative.

Hope you enjoyed this series and will watch it again. Please share with us who your favorite character was. Will anyone say Abe?

Ja, ne.

Be Counted!

For the past several months, announcements about the 2020 Census have been broadcast on KIKU-TV and many other media. These announcements remind us to participate in the 2020 Census, an event that takes place only once every 10 years. It’s important that every person living here is counted because the results determine funding for our communities, our public services, our neighborhoods, and even our representation in Washington D.C.

Last week it was announced that the deadline for gathering census data has been changed to September 30, 2020. This is a full month earlier than the previous deadline and includes counting by phone, on-line- and door-to-door!

If you haven’t already been counted, there is still time to do so. Go to 2020census.gov. You will find instructions in English as well as many other languages. Be counted. It’s important.

Ja ne,

Phyllis

Ba Duan Jin Exercise Video is Available on kikutv.com Now!

Ba Duan Jin Exercise VideoSince COVID-19 Stay Home Order came out, we started airing this short and easy exercise randomly after our shows and dramas.

This exercise was invented in China to keep everyone healthy with easy but effective movements. They are simple, slow movements so people in any age can try.
Even for more advanced athletes and martial artists, with the special breathing technique called, “Reverse Abdominal Breathing,” the benefit of this exercise can be accelerated.

Since the first air, we received many requests from our viewers to provide this exercise video. Unfortunately, we are unable to sell the DVD, but I am happy to announce that it is now available on our website.

Ready? Click the link below!

Let’s Practice Ba Duan Jin!

We Re-Air First 21 Episodes of Kirin Ga Kuru

We are excited to announce that KIKU TV will begin re-airing the first 21 episodes of Kirin Ga Kuru starting Sunday, August 2nd.
NHK has given KIKU permission to re-air these programs as we await new episodes, which were delayed due to Covid-19 shutting down production. A different episode will air each Tuesday night at 8, and Sunday night at 7.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to refresh your memory of this Taiga Drama!

Click here for details of this show.

Eye On KIKU-Kirin Ga Kuru

 

EYE ON KIKU Annoucement:

Production of KIRIN GA KURU in Japan was halted for a total of three months due to COVID-19. The last episode which was provided to KIKU-TV before production was halted is Episode 21, which will air July 7th on KIKU-TV. KIKU will air Special Programming in place of Kirin Ga Kuru Starting July 14,2020 until new episodes of KIRIN GA KURU are provided. Listed below is our schedule for the special programs to air in place until further notice. We ask for your patience and support during the unexpected and temporary pause in production. Thank you.

Tuesday, 7/14, 8-9pm: Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune – Part 1

Sunday, 7/19, 7-8pm: A Tiny School in the Mountains

Tuesday, 7/21, 8-9pm: Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune – Part 2

Sunday, 7/26, 7-8pm: In Pursuit of Tuna

Tuesday, 7/21, 8-9pm: Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune – Part 3 (final)

Sunday, 8/2, 7-8pm: Brave Maguro Hunters – Part 1

Tuesday, 8/4, 8-9pm: Seven Days – Part 1

Sunday, 8/9, 7-8pm: Brave Maguro Hunters – Part 2 (final)

Tuesday, 8/11, 8-9pm: Seven Days – Part 2 (final)

Sunday, 8/16, 7-8pm: Tidy Up Your Home – Part 1

Tuesday, 8/18, 8-9pm: Kirisaki Jack – Part 1

Sunday, 8/23, 7-8pm: Tidy Up Your Home – Part 2 (final)

Tuesday, 8/25, 8-9pm: Kirisaki Jack – Part 2 (final)

Sunday, 8/30, 7-8pm: Izakaya Moheji 3 – Part 1

Tuesday, 9/1, 8-9pm: Detective Inukai – Part 1

Sunday, 9/6, 7-8pm: Izakaya Moheji 3 – Part 2 (final)

Tuesday, 9/8, 8-9pm: Detective Inukai – Part 2 (final)

NOTICE TO ALL SPECTRUM SUBSCRIBERS

KIKU-TV is now on Spectrum HD Channel #1009! You may have to RESET your Cable Box to view our channel. Please HOLD DOWN the RESET button on your cable box for 3 seconds.  The reset button is located on the bottom right hand corner of your box facing toward you.

 

If you have an older cable box, please contact Spectrum for instructions on how to reset your box. Mahalo and we hope you enjoy our programming in High Definition.

Oshin

KIKU’s re-airing of Oshin began on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and ends tonight, Tuesday,  January 14, 2020. Thank you for letting us into your homes and your hearts for the last 50 weeks. We’ve loved reading your comments about how Oshin touched you and your families. Please feel free to share more comments here.

 

We are sharing some comments posted before.

  • Thank you for Re-airing Oshin. When it first aired back in the 80’s, my family would have dinner at my grandmas house, the six of us huddled around the tv watching what would unfold. 30+ years later, it continues to bring my family together, as my father and mother -in-law and I talk about what’s happened the night before or what’s to come in Oshin’s life. As a little girl myself, back in the 80s, Im pretty sure I wasn’t *watching* it like my parents were, but I remember clearly it’s effect on my family, and how they would speak of Oshin. And today, I certainly share those same feelings, and appreciation of the program. In documenting the hardships, perseverance, and resilience of Oshin Tanokura, this show masterfully shares Japan’s history and it’s culture throughout history, and all the while documenting how things have changed as the decades have passed (ex. How technology changed businesses; how interactions and expectations within specific relationships (husband/wife, MIL/DIL) had changed). As you can tell, I am a huge fan; and am thankful I was able to appreciate this as an adult as my parents had before me. (by Terri Koyanagi)
  • Happy New Year’s! Thank you so much for Oshin. Oshin really became apart of my life this past year!! I hope one day KIKU may consider bringing in another Asadorama morning drama like Oshin to Hawaii. The formatting was very unique and something my ohana has come to enjoy so much. Mahalo again KIKU, wishing you all a healthy New Year, and looking forward to the next Taiga Drama. (by Eric)
  • Before Oshin, I was only interested in Samurai movies like Zatoishi and lone wolf, But Oshin is masterpiece like no other! It is study of Japanese history, culture, and people during that period. It also represents a broad spectrum of human nature in it’s most intense form. Thank you for Oshin! (by Lief Koyanagi)
  • once again I am saddened by the ending of a show that I enjoyed watching. personally there were lessons to learn from in today’s world of living and to survive. I don’t think I will forget the story of Oshin. looking forward to other dramas and series. programs that I can learn from and enjoy. just three more episodes of Oshin and I never missed an episode. thank you so much. (by maluhia kauanoe)
  • Truly enjoyed watching Oshin. Hope to watch more classic dramas in 2020. A replay of Oshin would be nice. (by Carolyn C Inouye)
  • Oshin is the bomb! Is there anyway that one can purchase the DVDS…?? I even had a friend in Japan to find them but they will not be with English subtitles. This is a great TV series of drama and history! (by thehauoli)
  • Oshin has totally got my attention from episode one just viewed Sunday/Tuesday episodes WOW the transformation of each actress. The age process of Oshin, to me was smoothe, in my mind I still can visualize Oshin the little feisty girl, the teenager that became a tough resilient mature woman who took care of her family and now a much older Oshin. Still. feisty and resilient but her state of mind is tough. (by maluhia kauanoe)

 

  • List of Channels

    KIKU
    Over-the-air: 20.1
    Charter Hawaii/Spectrum  9 Oahu and Channel 10 in Big Island, Maui and Kauai Counties and HD 1009 (All Islands)

    Hawaiian Telcom: 20 Digital and HD 1020
    DISH: 20 HD
    DirecTV: 20 HD
     
    Evine
    Over-the-air: 20.2

    LAFF
    Over-the-air: 20.3

    Sonlife
    Over-the-air: 20.4