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Long Story Short – Keola Beamer – Writer, Composer & Slack-Key Guitar Master

In this episode of Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox sits down to share stories with Keola Beamer

Long Story Short - Keola BeamerThe popular and gifted writer, composer and Hawaiian slack key guitar master says he ready to talk – for the first time publicly – about the passing of his mother, Aunty Nona Beamer.  And he wants to talk – for the first time publicly – about surviving prostate cancer. It’s an emotional and revealing Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox.

 

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

 

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Long Story Short – Emma Veary – Part Two

Emma Veary, a Hawaiian musical treasure, sits down with Leslie Wilcox to share stories from an extraordinary life.

Emma’s strongest influence, her mother Nana Veary, spent a lifetime exploring the meaning of spirituality.  In her journey, Nana Veary traveled the globe with tobacco heiress Doris Duke who called young Emma, “Tita,” a Hawaii word for sister.

Emma shares stories from small-kid times growing up in Kapahulu and coming of age during World War II.  In one delightful tale, she reveals how the family came to live for a time in the Waikiki Natatorium. 

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

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Long Story Short – Emma Veary – Hawaii’s Elegant Musical Treasure – Part One

Emma Veary, a beautiful singer with a beautiful voice, was a class act in town back in the ‘70s, headlining shows at the Halekulani and Royal Hawaiian Hotels.  She socialized with Hollywood celebrities and was married for a time to Aku, the highest-paid disc jockey in the country.

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Today, the elegant Emma Veary is a respected Hawaiian musical treasure whose signature tunes include Kamehameha Waltz and E Maliu Mai.  The 78-year-old great-grandmother now lives a quiet life with family members on Maui. Emma Veary sits down with Leslie Wilcox to share stories that begin with young Emma singing professionally at the age of 5.

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

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Long Story Short – Jon de Mello – Mountain Apple’s Creative Force

Jon de Mello is the creative mastermind behind the phenomenally successful Mountain Apple Company. Jon’s many talents and non-stop creative energy seem perfectly suited to the high-powered world of entertainment.

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

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Long Story Short – Mihana Souza – A Link to Hawaiian Music Tradition

Mihana Souza grew up in the great old tradition of Hawaiian music-making. Whether it’s a dressy evening party or a lazy afternoon in the backyard, she always knows there’s going to be music and her family will be singing, strumming, dancing, laughing.

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Mihana  was born into a family of gifted musicians. Her mother, Aunty Irmgard Farden Aluli, was a Hawaiian treasure who composed hundreds of songs, and recorded and performed with her family quartet: Puamana.

 

 

 

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Long Story Short – Skylark Rossetti – Radio Personality

Leslie Wilcox sits down to share stories with a delightful woman with a beautiful voice – Honolulu Skylark. 

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This popular radio personality, whose real name is Jacqueline Rossetti, reflects on her early influences and what would become pivotal experiences in the Hawaiian cultural renaissance – visiting Kaho‘olawe with George Helm and others, co-founding the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, hosting the Merrie Monarch Festival for over 30 years, and being named Outstanding Hawaiian Woman of the Year (1984) and Hawaii Broadcaster of the Year (1991).

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

 

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Long Story Short – Paula Fuga – A Rising Musical Star

Paula Fuga is not a household name yet. But this local girl, who showed up at the auditions for American Idol wearing a T-shirt reading ‘Big Girls Rock’ and who was named the Na Hoku Hanohano Most Promising Artist of the Year – is making a name for herself.

 

Long Story Short - Paula FugaSomething you should know right off the top about this 28-year-old rising local star. She knows what it’s like to be a child living in a tent, homeless, on a beach. And helping others is part of who she is. Paula’s last name is spelled f-u-g-a and it’s pronounced ‘funga.’

 Excerpts from the conversation:

“I was in high school and I entered different contests, like Brown Bags to Stardom and KeikiStars, which is the children’s version of Hawaii Stars. And you know I just always knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t quite knowhow to go about pursuing that dream. But I would do just little things. Like in high school, I took ukulele lessons from Roy Sakuma. And it wasn’t to be this fantastic ukulele player; it was just so that I’d have an instrument to play while I tried to writesongs or so I could sing, sing along to it.”

“Before I lived on the beach, I was living with aunts and my grandparents. But we just missed — my sister and I, we just missed my mom so much that we didn’t care about living in a house. It didn’t seem like, you know, a burden oranything to live on the beach because you come home, and it’s like, there’s the ocean, you know. You get to go swimming and play with all these kids. Like I didn’t think there was anything wrong.”

 

 

 

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

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Long Story Short – Roy Sakuma – Part Two

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.

 

 

 

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

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Long Story Short – Roy Sakuma – Hawaii’s Foremost Ukulele Teacher – Part One

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. 

Long Story Short - Roy SakumaIt’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.  

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

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Long Story Short – Neva Rego – Hawaii’s ‘Voice Coach to the Stars’

Neva Rego is known by many as Hawaii’s Voice Coach to the Stars, the wind beneath their wings, with a list of vocal students that includes Robert Cazimero, Tony Conjugacion, Jimmy Borges, Jasmine Trias and Jordan Segundo, and a waiting list with more than a hundred names.

Long Story Short - Neva RegoLeslie Wilcox sits down with Neva to discuss how she followed her musical dreams, and how she shares her training and experience with her vocal students.

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

 

 

 

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