Postcards from Buster

The Mykala Pono Buster Big Hawaii Show (Hawaii)

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 11/27/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Buster, Bo and Los Viajeros pay a visit to Hawaii's Big Island, where Buster finds himself immersed in Hawaiian culture. He learns about volcanoes, fishing, hula-dancing and even gets to swim with dolphins. Upon arriving, he meets up with Mykala, a girl who has her own TV show titled Fishing Tip Today. She and Buster decide to get together with her friend Pono and create a program called the Mykala Pono Buster Hawaii TV Show. Along the way, Buster finds that he is more comfortable behind the camera than he is trying to do reporting in front of it. When he pays a visit to Volcanoes National Park, Buster thoughtlessly removes a rock as a present for Brain. He doesn't realize that removing such items are strictly forbidden, but when he finally does, he worries about having attracted the wrath of the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire, Pele. He decides he's willing to make a sacrifice if it will help to set things right. He also learns, however, that Pele is considered to be a creator, not a destructive force.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephanie Simpson

  • Peter K. Hirsch

  • Jean Dunover

  • Claudio Ragazzi

  • Richard Weston

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Taryn: You and I have a lot in common, Buster. Just like you, I live in Elwood. Elwood, Utah is a farming town in the mountains.

    • Arthur: Too bad you didn't get to see the dolphins, though. Buster: Keep watching. We saved the best part for last.

    • Buster: That lava sure looks hot. Bo: But after it cools down, it'll be come a new piece of land, just like the stuff you've been walking on. The lava will keep building up until the island gets bigger. Buster: Wow. It's just like Malama said. Pele creates land. Bo: Hawaii wouldn't even be here without the volcano erupting.

    • Pele: (in fantasy sequence) Ah. Time for my daily rock count. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 --- 89, 90, 91 --- 2394, 239--- What?! There are supposed to be 2396 lava rocks here! Someone must have taken one! I hate it when tourists take my rocks! (volcano erupts)

    • Mora: In hula, the hands tell the story. Buster: What are the hands saying? Mora: The hand motion means that there are strong windows near the volcano. That's the ipy. It's a traditional Hawaiian instrument made out of a gourd. They wear those red shirts to symbolize the island of Hawaii. The red is for the fire of the volcano - Pele's fire.

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    Notes (2)

    • The second season of the program premiered despite the programs' Ready to Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education being pulled because of the flap regarding the "Sugartime!" episode of the program. Support for the program was provided by the following, all of which are mentioned at the beginning and end of the second season episodes:

      • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
      • The Gill Foundation
      • The Annenberg Foundation
      • The Small Change Foundation
      • Community Technology Foundation of California
      • The California Endowment
      • The Gordon and Liura Gund Foundation
      • David Bohnett Foundation
      • Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro
      • Viewers Like You --- thank you!

    • This episode also appears in listings as Mykala, Pono & Buster's Big Hawaii Show (Hawaii).

    Trivia (2)

    • The "Wait! I forgot to tell you something I learned...," show promo and PBSKids GO! segments are no longer shown at the end of the program, making "Postcards from You" the only bonus segment shown following the actual episode. This is likely due in part to the extended sponsorship message.

    • Postcards from You: A new segment features postcards from viewers of the program. The postcard in this episode was by Taryn Hansen of Elwood, Utah. He talks about his brother Brin and sister Tracey. He also talks about his hometown, which is a farming town in the mountains. He mentions that his Dad is also a pilot and discusses the local legend of the Bear Lake monster.

    Allusions (2)

    • Buster pays a visit to the Volcanoes National Park, an actual location in Hawaii. There, he gets to ride in a helicopter over an erupting volcano and learns about the importance of volcanoes in Hawaii. He learns that removing items for the park is prohibited and that violators of this policy can prosecuted.

    • In this episode, when Buster tells Arthur about taking the rock from the volcano, Arthur reminds him of the time that he removed a fossil from the Dinosaur Park. This event occurred back in the Arthur story titled "Buster's Dino Dilemma." Buster recalls a nightmare he had about this in which the Fossil Police came to his house after being tipped off by Arthur and found an actual dinosaur in his closet.

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