Mike Irish

The next LONG STORY SHORT features Mike Irish, known as Hawaii’s “kim chee king.”
As a young man starting college, Mike broke his neck in a football impact which
left him paralyzed. He had to leave college and faced the prospect of never walking
again. However, he never gave up hope – and somehow he regained full movement.
Perhaps as a result of facing down his fear, Mike lives with a sort of fearlessness
which has helped make him a successful Honolulu businessman. You’ll hear how
risk-taking helped him develop an unconventional business model and enabled
him to corner the market in legacy local food brands.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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Susan Yamada

Susan Yamada is Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Shidler College of Business. Yamada calls herself an “accidental entrepreneur,” with a career that moved from hospitality to publishing to leading tech companies. After a successful life in Silicon Valley during the dot-com boom, she came home to Hawaii, never needing to work again. But in this phase of her life, she has dedicated herself to giving back to her community by mentoring young future entrepreneurs.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

Visit the Long Story Short website at: http://pbshawaii.org/lss/

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Daniel Case

From a childhood spent on a Kauai plantation, Daniel Case grew up to become one of Hawaii’s longest-serving attorneys. Case shares how he stood guard at Punahou School on the night of December 7, 1941; represented aviator Charles Lindbergh; and with his wife, Carol, raised four children, one of whom became a billionaire.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

Visit the Long Story Short website at: http://pbshawaii.org/lss/

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Glenn Furuya

Growing up on the island of Hawaii, Glenn Furuya was raised by what he calls the “village” of Hilo. There, he learned the importance of hard work and building relationships, and saw how local values and humility helped build successful businesses. Furuya now channels these local attributes as he teaches leadership skills in Hawaii and around the world.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

Visit the Long Story Short website at: http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

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Frank Padgett

Frank Padgett’s B-24 bomber was shot down over Indochina in World War II. Held prisoner by the Japanese, he was subjected to torture by one of the more abusive arms of the Japanese forces. Padgett survived the torture, disease and what was then known as “shell shock,” eventually became a lawyer in Hawaii, and was later appointed to the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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Edwin Gayagas

Growing up in then-rural Kapaa, Kauai, Edwin Gayagas was an adventurous toddler. He figured out how to harvest his own dessert -by pulling honey from a beehive behind his home at Kapaa Stables. He also made friends with soldiers whom he discovered camping in nearby pastures. That was shortly before America entered World War II. The soldiers would be a formative influence.

Ed recalls joining the Hawaii National Guard at 16, lying about his age to gain admittance. He pursued and lived his dream of a military career, serving in the U.S. Army around the world and rising to the rank of Colonel. Throughout his life, this fitness buff has maintained a positive attitude which helped him overcome challenges and which he still exudes in his 70s.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

Visit the Long Story Short website at: http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

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Henry Akina

With only a piano, a conductor and some lights, Henry Akina founded an opera company in Berlin in 1981. Under Henry’s direction, the fledgling Berlin Chamber Opera grew into a successful venture. Now, as Artistic Director of Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre, Henry Akina has presented Hawaii with The Mikado, Madame Butterfly and other visually stunning productions. Whether it’s with a small company in Berlin, or on a grand stage in Hawaii, Akina’s respect for the art of opera remains the same.

This month, Hawaii Arts Alliance is recognizing Henry Akina with its Alfred Preis Honor, for his commitment to arts and arts education in Hawaii. PBS Hawaii congratulates him on this honor.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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Marion Higa

Retired Hawaii State Auditor Marion Higa learned from her parents not to let her gender stand in the way of her goals. On this episode, she matter-of-factly shares her story of seeking the State Auditor position, back when few women in the U.S. had such top jobs. For two decades, Higa and her staff probed State operations and projects, often finding inefficiencies and irregularities and calling for change. Some of her conclusions rankled and embarrassed Governors and she was known for her unflinching responses to those in power.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

Visit the Long Story Short website at: http://www.pbshawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php

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Peter Merriman

How is it that the culinary movement now known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine was developed by someone who grew up in a steel mill town in Pennsylvania? Chef and restaurateur Peter Merriman tells his story of falling in love with the people, culture and food of Hawaii – and how that love and respect led to a culinary movement.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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Daniel Martinez

As Chief Historian at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Daniel Martinez has heard the stories from the survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and shares those stories with Park visitors.  In this conversation with Leslie Wilcox, you’ll hear how his connection with that infamous event goes deeper than his role as an historian.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawaii.

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