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The Byrds of Paradise 

Sam Byrd, a teacher and his family take up residence in Hawaii after his wife dies. Harry, Zeke and Franny each have their own problems accepting the new arrangement and coming to terms ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Timothy Busfield ...  Sam Byrd 12 episodes, 1994
Elizabeth Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey ...  Healani Douglas 12 episodes, 1994
Seth Green ...  Harry Byrd 12 episodes, 1994
Jennifer Love Hewitt ...  Franny Byrd 12 episodes, 1994
Ryan O'Donohue Ryan O'Donohue ...  Zeke Byrd 12 episodes, 1994
Bruce Weitz ...  Dr. Murray Rubinstein 9 episodes, 1994
Arlo Guthrie ...  Alan Moon 8 episodes, 1994
Robert Kekaula Robert Kekaula ...  Sonny / ... 8 episodes, 1994
Lani Opunui Lani Opunui ...  Manu / ... 8 episodes, 1994
Elsa Awaya Elsa Awaya ...  Crystal Sapolu / ... 7 episodes, 1994
Todd Yamashita Todd Yamashita ...  Todd / ... 6 episodes, 1994
Warren Frost ...  Rex Palmer 5 episodes, 1994
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ...  Valentina Aguilar 5 episodes, 1994
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Sam Byrd, a teacher and his family take up residence in Hawaii after his wife dies. Harry, Zeke and Franny each have their own problems accepting the new arrangement and coming to terms with the loss of their mother. Written by Jim Brawn <jim_brawn@amuc.mtroyal.ab.ca>

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3 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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Another case of: "Too real for the viewing public"
6 April 2001 | by smshepardSee all my reviews

Another Steven Bochco-branded hit which delved (perhaps too deeply) into modern day Hawaiian island's culture. My wife and I lived on Maui and the Big Island, the later destination where we resided during this great show's tragically short life. The issues were wonderfully relevant to families from "the mainland (USA)" trying to live in the duality of Hawaii's very complex cultures. So many see Hawaii from the balcony of the hotels or the beaches, the bike rides down Haleakala.

A few also see it when faced by some local people who speak pidgin English - that's right - If you're really one of "da kine",(a local) how 'ya talk-story' counts. And that is apparently one of several factors "language", and cultural / historical ignorance by many 'viewers') that got the show canceled.

Hawaii is a 'melting pot' of Native Hawaiians, many generations of Japanese-Americans, Chinese, Portuguese and Filipino-Americans as well as the 'perceived late-comers' known by the racist term "HAOLE" to some of the less-educated locals. Actually, people of European & British decent arrived well before the Japanese-Americans and people of Russian descent colonized Hawaii prior to that.

Mr. Bochco and crew (I am not sure who conceived the plot), combined the positive and negative to show a true-life Hawaii and a 'model- mainland' family struggling to adapt. Too bad so many people can't handle the reality of it. It was a show that should have been re- considered. Shame on you network hatchet-people - Hawaii's 'balcony dwellers' 2 weeks a year!


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