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Glenn Medeiros

Glenn Medeiros’ humble childhood on Kauai did not prepare him for the international fame he would achieve after winning a Hawaii-based singing competition as a teen.

After years in the music industry, Medeiros grew disenchanted with the life of a pop sensation and turned his attention toward Hawaii’s education system, leading him to his current position as President of Saint Louis School in Honolulu.

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

With only a piano, a conductor and some lights, Henry Akina founded an opera company in Berlin in 1981. Under Henry’s direction, the fledgling Berlin Chamber Opera grew into a successful venture. Now, as Artistic Director of Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre, Henry Akina has presented Hawaii with The Mikado, Madame Butterfly and other visually stunning productions. Whether it’s with a small company in Berlin, or on a grand stage in Hawaii, Akina’s respect for the art of opera remains the same.

This month, Hawaii Arts Alliance is recognizing Henry Akina with its Alfred Preis Honor, for his commitment to arts and arts education in Hawaii. PBS Hawaii congratulates him on this honor.

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

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Ku’uipo Kumukahi

Ku’uipo Kumukahi’s father once told her: “You go make them happy.” They are words that the Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer still lives by through her music. In this conversation with Leslie Wilcox, Ku’uipo remembers how family gatherings inspired her to pick up an ukulele for the first time, and shares her passion for keeping traditional Hawaiian music alive.

Original air date: October 29, 2013.

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

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Hedda Sharapan

Leslie Wilcox visits with Hedda Sharapan, who worked with Fred Rogers on the classic PBS children’s program Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Hedda continues Fred Rogers’ legacy as Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at The Fred Rogers Company. In her role, she helps incorporate curriculum and life lessons into the company’s television productions, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Peg + Cat, a new kids’ series premiering in October on PBS Hawaii.

Original air date: August 27, 2013.

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

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Joy Abbott

Leslie Wilcox talks with Joy Abbott, singer and widow of renowned stage producer George Abbott. Born and raised in Wahiawa, Oahu, Joy graduated from Punahou School. She attended Temple University in Philadelphia to study education, before pursuing a career in entertainment. In recent years, Abbott has written and directed several theater benefit galas, and is co-authoring a biography on George Abbott.

Original air date: August 13, 2013.

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

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Tom Moffatt: The Making of a Showman

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 to talk story with Leslie Wilcox.

Original air date: 4/5/11.

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

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Long Story Short – Frank De Lima: Laughing With You, Not At You

In “Laughing With You, Not At You,” Leslie Wilcox continues her conversation with popular comedian Frank De Lima. With his hit comedic song, “Lucille,” Frank soared to local stardom. He talks about his distinctive ethnic humor and the resulting criticism he’s received for it. Frank also talks about bringing his humor into schools as part of his student enrichment program, encouraging children to read, study, love…and laugh.

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

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Long Story Short – Frank DeLima: The Road Not Taken

Popular local comedian Frank De Lima talks story with Leslie Wilcox. Although he had the knack to entertain early in life, Frank talks about how his strong Catholic faith initially led him on the path toward priesthood. Frank shares how he eventually found his true calling in show business in the first of a two-part conversation.

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

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Long Story Short – Ryan Higa – Internet Celebrity

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Ryan Higa, also known as “Nigahiga” on YouTube. His self-produced online comedy videos led to the Hilo native’s inadvertent, meteoric rise to national fame. Ryan reveals how he first started using video cameras, his thoughts on the entertainment business and a deal that tested his integrity.

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Long Story Short – Jimmy Borges – The Ballad Continues

Hawaii’s legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges hears the story in every song and his own story is nothing short of breathtaking. The PBS Hawaii board member is back on the scene and on screen. Leslie Wilcox sits down with Jimmy in a special two-part episode of LONG STORY SHORT.

In “The Ballad Continues,” Jimmy reveals what he did to gain exclusive access to Frank Sinatra’s music archive. He also opens up about the most difficult challenge he has had to face – battling cancer.

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

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