Archive for Hula

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 – Marlene Sai – Part Two

In part two of the conversation, singer/actress Marlene Sai talks to Leslie Wilcox about her early years as a recording artist, her unusual after-hours recording session in a bus barn, and her iconic portrayals of Queen Liliuokalani on stage on television.

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

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Long Story Short – Marlene Sai – Hawaiian “Diva” – Part One

Only a few working female vocalists in Hawaii have achieved “diva” status.  Marlene Sai is one of them.  In the first part of a two-part series, Marlene Sai talks about being mentored by her uncle, Andy Cummings – legendary Hawaiian music pioneer and composer of the iconic song “Waikiki.”  Sai also talks about being discovered by Don Ho while she was still a junior in high school, and the golden age of Hawaiian music in Waikiki.

 

Long Story Short - Marlene Sai

 

 

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Long Story Short – Peter Rockford Espiritu – Tau Dance Theatre Founder

What does it mean to be an artist? For Peter Rockford Espiritu, it’s a lifelong journey of creative expression through dance. Peter is founder, choreographer and artistic director of Tau Dance Theater, a dance company that combines ballet, modern dance, hula and Pacific Island traditions into something completely original.

Long Story Short - Peter Rockford Espiritu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Long Story Short – Mamo Howell – Hawaii Fashion Designer

If you know the name Mamo, it’s probably because Mamo Howell is one of Hawaii’s most successful fashion designers and retailers. Quite an accomplishment for a woman  – half Hawaiian – who started her business in her 40s.

Long Story Short - Mamo HowellBut that’s not where Mamo’s story began. As a teenager she danced hula in Waikiki to help support her family and later became a high-fashion model, strutting on runways in New York and Paris. Hawaii’s first top model.

 

 

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Long Story Short – Aunty Nona Beamer

Passionate, intelligent, talented and truly “Hawaiian” are just a few words that describe Aunty Nona Beamer. 

Leslie Wilcox with Aunty Nona Beamer

Join Leslie Wilcox as she “talks story” with the woman who coined the term “Hawaiiana” – educator, storyteller, hula choreographer, composer – the irrepressible Nona Beamer.

 

 

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Long Story Short – Keali’i Reichel

In the premeire episode of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, Leslie sits down with Keali’i Reichel – composer; performer;  teacher; and an icon in the Hawaiian music and culture scene.

 

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Long Story Short – Robert Cazimero – Part One

Robert CazimeroRobert Cazimero, award-winning singer, songwriter and kumu hula, joins Leslie Wilcox for a good-fun, talk story session in which the two share laughter, tears and touching stories of living and loving – including stories about The Brothers Cazimero (Robert and his brother Roland) who’ve led a resurgence of Hawaiian music, language, dance and culture since the 1970s.
This week, PBS Hawaii presents Part 1 of a two-part conversation.

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Long Story Short – Robert Cazimero – Part Two

Robert Cazimero

Robert Cazimero, award-winning singer, songwriter and Kumu Hula, joins Leslie Wilcox for part two of a two-part, good-fun, talk story session. Robert shares stories about his hula halau, the all-male Halau Na Kamalei.

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

 

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