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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.

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Kitty Lagareta

Kitty Lagareta
Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 pm

If you think you know Kitty Lagareta – business owner, public relations professional, University of Hawaii Regent – you’ll be surprised at the second career she almost had, how she got into public relations in the first place, and what she can do on a skateboard.

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

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Jerry Coffee

In an instant, Lieutenant Jerry Coffee went from flying his plane over North Vietnam to being a prisoner of war. What followed was seven years of torture and isolation in a Communist prison. But he never gave up hope. Jerry Coffee tells his story of imprisonment, survival and faith.

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

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Jim Burns: A Local Boy

If you call Jim Burns a haole he would likely take offense. His father, John A. Burns, always thought of himself as a local boy. Jim, who grew up in Kailua and easily breaks into Pidgin English, sees himself the same way. As Jim was growing up, he saw the respect that his father had for Hawaii immigrants, and learned that being a local boy was about more than just speaking Pidgin.

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Robert Iopa

On the day Robert Iopa graduated from Waiakea High School with a 1.7 grade point average, his grandmother looked at him with dismay. “I mean, she literally was looking at me almost with tears in her eyes, saying, ‘So, what are you gonna do now?’” Iopa remembers. “In response to my grandmother, I said, ‘I’m going to be an architect.’” Since then, architect Robert Iopa has focused on place, history and culture on projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Honolulu and in his hometown of Hilo.

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

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Alvin Wong

When the New York Times found that Hawaii’s Alvin Wong has all of the attributes that make for the happiest person in America, he said, “My life philosophy is, if you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to be pretty terrible for you.” On this episode of Long Story Short, Alvin describes his perspective on life and what makes him happy.

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Gerri Hayes

For businesswoman Gerri Hayes, being told that “you can’t do it” just makes her more determined to succeed. On the next Long Story Short, Gerri shares her survival story as a single mother of two young children who moved to Hawaii to take a human-services job that didn’t materialize. She founded a business, Office Pavilion Hawaii, providing furniture to workplaces. It was hailed by Pacific Business News as 2011’s top female-owned business in the islands, with revenues that year of $37 million.

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Susan Scott

Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Susan Scott would page through National Geographic magazines, imagining herself travelling to distant lands.  Little did she know that her life would be dedicated to learning about marine life and marine science, and sailing to those same distant lands that enchanted her as a child.

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Jack Cione

He was an entrepreneurial showman, best known in the 1960s through the ’80s for staging risque spectacles in Honolulu nightclubs. On this episode of Long Story Short, Jack Cione, now retired, reflects on his colorful business life in Honolulu, which included highly publicized arrests. He freely and gleefully admits that it was he who called the news outlets when police arrived. Women would become some of his best customers – at luncheons featuring nude waiters.

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

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Michael Broderick

Michael Broderick
Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 pm

On this episode of LONG STORY SHORT, a former Family Court judge talks about his career move, leaving the bench to head the YMCA of Honolulu. Michael Broderick says it was all about the best way to improve young lives. At age 4, he lost his father in an auto accident. Family has always been an overarching theme for him.

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