Archive for June, 2008

Long Story Short – Harry Kim – Hawaii’s ‘Maverick’ Mayor – Part One

When you call Harry Kim “Mayor,” he says, “I’m Harry.” And when you learn how humble his beginnings truly were, you can begin to understand his true nature.

Long Story Short - Mayor Harry KimAlthough his early years were defined by poverty and toil, Harry Kim’s love and respect for the beauty and power of nature would lead to a long career with County Civil Defense. Now in his second term as Mayor of Hawai’i Island, Harry Kim sits down to visit with Leslie Wilcox.

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Long Story Short – Kent Untermann – Hawaii Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur with an inspiring story of success. Kent Untermann’s career has included playing football at the University of Hawaii, training at the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie camp – and turning a swap meet business into an operation that generates $15 million dollars a year.

Long Story Short - Kent UntermannLeslie Wilcox sits down with Kent to hear how he said goodbye to his NFL dreams and applied himself to success in another field – the picture framing business – starting the Hawaii company Pictures Plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Long Story Short – Professor Isabella Ainoa Abbott

How much do you know about limu, seaweed or marine algae? Isabella Aiona Abbott may know more about it than anyone else.  She learned about its many uses, varieties and their Hawaiian names from her mother who learned from her mother whose mother lived during the times of the kapu system, when women could gather limu but not eat – or even touch – taro.

 

Long Story Short - Isabella Aiona AbbottNow a world-renowned expert on marine algae and Professor Emerita at the University of Hawai’i, Dr. Abbott joins Leslie Wilcox for an engaging conversation.

 

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

 

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Long Story Short – Aunty Nona Beamer

Passionate, intelligent, talented and truly “Hawaiian” are just a few words that describe Aunty Nona Beamer. 

Leslie Wilcox with Aunty Nona Beamer

Join Leslie Wilcox as she “talks story” with the woman who coined the term “Hawaiiana” – educator, storyteller, hula choreographer, composer – the irrepressible Nona Beamer.

 

 

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Long Story Short – Gavan Daws – Best-Selling Hawaii Author

Gavan Daws, the best-selling author of Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands, Land and Power in Hawaii, Holy Man: Father Damien of Moloka‘i and many other books, plays, songs and documentary films, has just collaborated on an 1,120-page anthology, Honolulu Stories: Two Centuries of Writing.

 

Gavan Daws

Join Leslie Wilcox as she sits down to share stories that reveal this Australian transplant’s deep interest in, knowledge of and love for Hawai‘i, Asia and the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

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Long Story Short – Keali’i Reichel

In the premeire episode of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, Leslie sits down with Keali’i Reichel – composer; performer;  teacher; and an icon in the Hawaiian music and culture scene.

 

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Long Story Short – Minnijean Brown Trickey – Part Two

As a 16-year-old, Minnijean Brown faced segregation and white supremacy. So when she and eight other students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957, they changed everything for African-Americans across the country.  The Little Rock Nine, as they became known, were escorted into the school by U.S. Army troops sent in by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  And for months, they faced discrimination, taunting and even death threats on a daily basis.

Although one of the nine would graduate that year, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in attendance, Minnijean would be expelled for facing up to her aggressors. 

For the past fifty years, Minnijean Brown Trickey has continued to crusade for civil rights.  And she shares stories with Leslie Wilcox in Part 2 of an engaging, two-part conversation.

 

 

 

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Long Story Short – Minnijean Brown Trickey – Part One

In 1957, Minnijean Brown was a 16-year-old high school student in Little Rock, Arkansas – a young African-American growing up in the segregated South.  She was one of nine students who enrolled in Little Rock Central High School, desegregating that school and all schools across America.

 

 

When the Little Rock Nine, as they would become known, entered the previously all-White school, they stepped over the threshold of the American Civil Rights Movement. 

 

Fifty years later, Minnijean Brown Trickey continues to crusade for civil rights and she continues to educate people everywhere she meets.

 

Meet this fascinating and determined woman as she shares stories with Leslie Wilcox in Part 1 of a two-part conversation on Long Story Short.

 

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

 

 

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