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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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Long Story Short – Ty Sanga – Up and Coming Hawaii Filmmaker

On this episode of Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox talks with Ty Sanga, an up and coming filmmaker. After leaving a career in the visitor industry, Sanga struggled to find the right calling to share and convey Hawaii’s unique culture. The University of Hawaii ethnic studies program introduced him to the power of film documentaries to communicate a personal vision.

Sanga is a graduate of the UH Academy for Creative Media and received his MFA from Chapman University. His Hawaiian language film Stones was recently honored by the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2011. His graceful depiction of a Hawaiian legend illustrates his authentic voice and visual style.

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

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Long Story Short – Tom Moffatt – A Life of Entertainment

Once a showman, always a showman, right? Maybe not. As a kid growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Tom Moffatt wanted nothing to do with the big city, instead preferring the simple life on a farm. See how Hawaii’s hardest-working man in show biz went from raising livestock to spinning platters, as he sits down with Leslie Wilcox on Long Story Short.

“A Life of Entertainment” is the second of two conversations with Tom Moffatt.

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

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Long Story Short – Frank Haines – Developing a Theory of Hawaiian Architecture

Leslie Wilcox talks with Frank Haines, former president and chairman of Architects Hawaii. During a career that has spanned six decades, he has developed his own theory of Hawaii architecture. Since 1948, Frank Haines has headed many prominent architectural projects, including the Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Kaiser Moanalua Hospital, Kaiser’s Honolulu Clinic, Bishop Square and the restoration of the Aliiolani Hale. Now almost 90, Frank Haines conducts a two and a half hour walking tour of historic downtown Honolulu architecture every Saturday.

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

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Long Story Short – Kū Kahakalau – Drawing from Hawaiian Traditions to Promote Hands-on Learning

Founder of one of the first public Hawaiian Charter Schools on Hawaii Island, educator Kū Kahakalau draws from ancient Hawaiian traditions to promote sustainability and hands-on learning at her school, Kanu O Ka ‘Aina.

Leslie Wilcox talks with Kū Kahakalau about how growing up with two cultures, German and Hawaiian, has helped shape her approach to life and work. Kū Kahakalau also discusses the challenges of finding funding for the school and the criticism she has faced concerning curriculum.

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

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Long Story Short – Danny Kaleikini – Ambassador of Aloha – Part 2

He is officially Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha, but life for Danny Kaleikini wasn’t always a glamorous world. He has dealt with disappointment, grief, and rejection, but his heart and his spirit have always helped him through the difficult times. Get to know Hawaii’s own Kaneala, when Leslie Wilcox sits down with Danny Kaleikini for this second part of their conversation on Long Story Short.

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

 

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Long Story Short – John Clark – Keeping Hawaiian Stories Alive

In this edition of Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox talks story with a true Renaissance man. John Clark relates how learning to surf at a young age led him to become a waterman, lifeguard, fire fighter, historian, and writer. The author of a series of books on Hawaii’s beaches, John Clark took the innate curiosity that we all have and hunted down the source and mo’olelo, or stories, behind the names of Hawaii’s surf spots and shoreline landmarks. Find out how this descendent of a sea captain is doing his part to keep Hawaiian stories and characters alive.

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

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Long Story Short – Barbara Kawakami – Remembering Japanese ‘Picture Brides’

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Barbara Kawakami who, just three months old in 1921, arrived in Hawaii with her family and a ship full of Japanese “Picture Brides”. These young women were about to enter into arranged marriages to plantation laborers. Barbara has devoted the last thirty years collecting the clothing and preserving the almost-lost accounts of first generation immigrants, many of them picture brides.

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

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Long Story Short – Sam Cooke – Preserving Historical Hawaii

A member of one of Hawaii’s most prominent kamaaina families, Sam Cooke shares his passion for the restoration of Hawaii’s cultural and historical treasures. A descendant of early missionaries who established a business empire with Castle and Cooke, Sam, along with his wife Mary, established the Manoa Heritage Center to promote the stewardship of ancient heiau located near their historic home in Manoa Valley.

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

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Long Story Short – Hōkūlani Holt – Drawing Strength from Hawaiian Heritage

Maui-based kumu hula and Hawaiian cultural/language specialist Hōkūlani Holt talks story with Leslie Wilcox about growing up on Oahu and Maui, being hānai’d (adopted) by her grandparents, and growing up in a well-known hula family. Hōkūlani also talks about juggling her demanding yet fulfilling life as a kumu hula, Director of Cultural Programs at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and her active roles in a long list of community organizations. Through it all she draws strength from her Hawaiian heritage and a family history of strong, independent women.

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

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