Archive for Hula

Manaola Yap

Kohala native Manaola Yap grew up processing dyes from native roots and plants, while helping his mother, kumu hula Nani Lim Yap, create elaborate hula costumes for performances. These early experiences now inform his brand of Hawaiian luxury clothing, Manaola Hawai‘i, which made its New York Fashion Week debut in September 2017.

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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 – 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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