Last week, ukulele teacher Roy Sakuma shared a secret with Leslie Wilcox, revealing – for the first time publicly – that his late mother and brother suffered from serious mental illness.Roy, his father and his sister suffered along with them, keeping the family’s secret, its stigma and the guilt.
This week, Roy Sakuma shares other secrets – the secrets to his success.He credits a mentor, his wife Kathy and a song as his inspirations.Join Leslie Wilcox for a delightful and musical Long Story Short.
When PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox sat down with ukulele teacher Roy Sakuma recently, she thought she had a pretty good idea how the conversation would go.Roy would tell her about his family and his school days; and we’d find out how he became a teacher.
It’s no secret that Roy Sakuma dropped out of high school.But, during this Long Story Short, he explains why.
In the first of two parts of this very moving conversation, Roy Sakuma reveals – for the first time publicly – that he was raised in a home filled with mental illness.His late mother and brother suffered from serious mental illness.And Roy, his father and his sister suffered too, keeping the family’s secret and living with the stigma and the guilt.