Archive for Hawaiian Studies

Long Story Short – Puakea Nogelmeier on the Hawaiian Language

In part two of her interview with the Hawaiian language scholar, Leslie Wilcox talks with Puakea Nogelmeier about this thirty years of work perpetuating an appreciation of the richness and intricacies of the Hawaiian language and culture. They also discuss the herculean task of translating into English the 500 page “Epic Tale of Hi’iakaopoliopele,” and Puakea’s collaboration with others to translate into English many 19th and 20th century Hawaiian newspaper articles and put them online. Puakea also explains the true meaning of the word kaona (it’s not what most people think), and what it’s like to be the voice of The Bus.

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

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Long Story Short – DeSoto Brown – A Passion for Hawaiian History

DeSoto Brown is a lifetime collector and Hawaiian historian who has the perfect job for someone with a passion for preserving the past: he is the Collections Manager at the Bishop Museum Archives. Descended from famous 19th century Hawaiian historian and writer John Papa I’i, DeSoto surrounds himself with personal and political possessions from Hawaiian Ali’i, as well as stacks of other materials representing Hawaii’s cultural and natural history.

DeSoto tells Leslie about starting to collect pieces of the past at the tender age of seven and how his passion has grown ever since. Lines are blurred between DeSoto’s professional and personal life, because collecting the past is what he loves the most – on and off the job.

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

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Long Story Short – Puakea Nogelmeier – Advocating and Promoting the Hawaiian Language

A year out of high school, Marvin Nogelmeier arrived in Hawaii on his way to Japan and stayed on a whim. Whether by happenstance or destiny, over thirty years later he has become Puakea Nogelmeier, Hoku-award winning songwriter, Kumu Hula, and Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii. He tells Leslie about some of the choices he made, how they led to a career advocating and promoting the Hawaiian language, and how he got his name.

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

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Long Story Short – Nanette Napoleon – Hawaii’s History Detective

Nanette Napoleon is considered Hawaii’s leading expert on graveyards. A trustee of O’ahu Cemetery in Nu’uanu, she’s the author and photographer of a book on Hawaii’s oldest public graveyard. She gives walking tours of the site and she supervised documentation of more than 300 graveyards and 30,000 tombstone inscriptions throughout the state.

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Long Story Short – Carlos Andrade – Professor of Hawaiian Studies & Lifelong Learner

Kaua’i native Carlos Andrade is a lifelong learner.  First, he learned lessons from his kupuna, his elders, living on the land.  Then, he learned from professors at the University of Hawai’i.  Today, he’s a teacher himself, sharing lessons with students and stories with Leslie Wilcox.
Long Story Short - Carlos AndradeGrowing up on Kaua’i, Carlos Andrade surfed, worked odd jobs and, with his wife Maile and their three children, lived “off the grid” in a house built using recycled materials.  A master of the Hawaiian slack key guitar, Carlos also wrote beautiful songs, including, “Moonlight Lady,” and sailed aboard the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a. 
Then, at the age of 43, Carlos and his wife went through a major transition, leaving what he calls a “hippie” lifestyle and entering the halls of academia – both earning master’s degrees and Carlos a PhD.  Today, Dr. Carlos Andrade is a professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
What would lead a music-playing surfer to go back to school – in his 40s?  To continue learning.  And to teach what he’s learned – from his kupuna and his professors.  Along the way, Kaua’i native Carlos Andrade believes he’s earned the credentials and the right to speak out.  And that’s what he does on this week’s Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox. 

 

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

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