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Rita Palafox

Rita Palafox left her sheltered plantation upbringing on Maui to join the Army straight after high school, and serve her country in the Vietnam War. Her 20-year career took her places beyond Hawai‘i – to Guam to recruit, and to the Deep American South, in the heart of Klan country.

Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox is a production of PBS Hawai‘i.
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Jimmy Lee

Jimmy Lee was only 11 years old on December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. Watching from his family’s farm as the bombs dropped, Jimmy couldn’t begin to imagine how his world would change, or what his simple childhood would become after Hawai‘i declared martial law.

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Courage in Captivity: Three POWs’ Stories

Revisit stories from Bill Paty, Frank Padgett and Jerry Coffee and their harrowing experiences as prisoners of war.

Bill Paty, who served as Director of the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, landed in German hands in Normandy, right before the D-Day Invasion.

On the other side of the world, retired Associate Justice Judge Frank Padgett parachuted into enemy territory during World War II and was held prisoner for eight months by the Japanese military.

Navy Captain Jerry Coffee spent seven years in captivity in North Vietnam.

These three stories of fortitude and faith are a testament to the strength of the human spirit and dedication to one’s country, even in the darkest of times.

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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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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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Takeshi Yoshihara: An Historic Journey

After hardships during the Great Depression and World War II, Takeshi Yoshihara became the first Japanese American appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. In this conversation with Leslie Wilcox, Takeshi talks about what made him an unlikely Naval Academy candidate, and his journey through the ranks and, eventually, to Hawaii.

Tuesday, January 7 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 8 at 11:00 pm
Sunday, January 12 at 4:00 pm

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

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Sharon L. Hicks

Sharon Hicks knew something was wrong with her mother when she started locking 4-year-old Sharon out of the house. Her mother was bipolar and schizophrenic, while her father, a well-known housing contractor, was a pillar of the Honolulu community. Sharon sought normalcy her whole life, and while she swore she would never be like her mother, she found herself making some of the same mistakes. Here, Sharon talks openly about her mother’s mental illness and the insights she’s gained from it.

Original air date: December 17, 2013.

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

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Takeshi Yoshihara: A Quiet Struggle

For three years, Takeshi Yoshihara and his family lived in Japanese American internment camps in Oregon and Idaho. After a while, he says, it became the “new normal” for him. After World War II ended, he became the first Japanese American admitted into the U.S. Naval Academy.

Original air date: December 10, 2013.

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

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Long Story Short – Eddie and Myrna Kamae – Allowing Hawaiian History to Speak

Making films that allow Hawaiian history to speak is an enterprise that enriches viewers without making Eddie and Myrna Kamae rich. On Long Story Short, Myrna tells how, way back when, they’d saved $20,000 for a home down-payment. Eddie asked his business-savvy spouse if they could use the money to support the next film project. She agreed without question. To this day, they don’t own their home, but still rent the same three-room Waikiki apartment.

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Long Story Short – Juliet Lee – Hawaii Author and Poet

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Juliet Lee, a Hilo-born poet and novelist who is perhaps better known by her pen name, Juliet S. Kono. Juliet takes Leslie back in time through vivid memories of modest living, teenage rebellion and family hardships. When Juliet was barely three years old, she and her family were swept up in the 1946 Hilo tsunami – a turning point for Juliet’s family and inspiration for her future work. Juliet has garnered several honors for her writing, including the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, the American Japanese National Literary Award and the Hawaii Award for Literature. Her latest novel, Anshu: Dark Sorrow, is set in Hawaii and Japan.

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

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