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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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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.

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 – 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 with Leslie Wilcox on Long Story Short.

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

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Long Story Short – Nola Nahulu – Sharing a Passion for Music

It’s hard to think of a choir or chorus without thinking of Nola Nahulu – one of Hawaii’s premiere conductors and music teachers. Nola got hooked on music while taking piano and ballet growing up as a child in Makaha, and she parlayed that passion into a career that has spanned more than three decades.

Nola has taught and conducted some of the islands’ legendary and beloved choral groups – including the Kawaiaha’o Church Choir, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and the Honolulu Symphony Chorus. She has also taught music and choir at churches and schools – including Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii.

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 – Danny Kaleikini – The Early Years – Part 1

He’s entertained English royalty, Presidents of the United States and countless local residents. But this son of a City and County refuse worker and a cocktail waitress always goes back to his roots with everything he does and everyone he meets. “Aloha ke kahi I ke kahi,” he always says. “Love is everywhere, love is where you find it, love comes from the heart.” Find out how Danny Kaleikini went from Papakolea to Kahala, when Leslie Wilcox talks story with Hawaii’s Ambassador of Aloha.

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.

 

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

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Long Story Short – Kawika Kahiapo – Award-Winning Musician

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Na Hoku Hanohano-award-winning musician Kawika Kahiapo

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about fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a professional musician, his early experiences performing with Gabby “Pops” Pahinui and Pahinui family; the “it-was-meant-to-be” first encounter with the musicians who would become his group Kaukahi, and his dedication to giving back to the community.

 

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

 

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Long Story Short – Carlos Andrade – Professor of Hawaiian Studies & Lifelong Learner

Kaua’i native Carlos Andrade is a lifelong learner.  First, he learned lessons from his kupuna, his elders, living on the land.  Then, he learned from professors at the University of Hawai’i.  Today, he’s a teacher himself, sharing lessons with students and stories with Leslie Wilcox.
Long Story Short - Carlos AndradeGrowing up on Kaua’i, Carlos Andrade surfed, worked odd jobs and, with his wife Maile and their three children, lived “off the grid” in a house built using recycled materials.  A master of the Hawaiian slack key guitar, Carlos also wrote beautiful songs, including, “Moonlight Lady,” and sailed aboard the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a. 
Then, at the age of 43, Carlos and his wife went through a major transition, leaving what he calls a “hippie” lifestyle and entering the halls of academia – both earning master’s degrees and Carlos a PhD.  Today, Dr. Carlos Andrade is a professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
What would lead a music-playing surfer to go back to school – in his 40s?  To continue learning.  And to teach what he’s learned – from his kupuna and his professors.  Along the way, Kaua’i native Carlos Andrade believes he’s earned the credentials and the right to speak out.  And that’s what he does on this week’s Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox. 

 

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

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