Archive for August, 2008

Long Story Short – Peter Rockford Espiritu – Tau Dance Theatre Founder

What does it mean to be an artist? For Peter Rockford Espiritu, it’s a lifelong journey of creative expression through dance. Peter is founder, choreographer and artistic director of Tau Dance Theater, a dance company that combines ballet, modern dance, hula and Pacific Island traditions into something completely original.

Long Story Short - Peter Rockford Espiritu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Long Story Short - Mihana Souza

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 – Brian Keaulana – Big Wave Rider and Businessman

The Keaulana ‘ohana of Makaha is a family of watermen and women who’ve grown up in and around the ocean. It’s infused every cell of who they are. Brian Keaulana is following in the wake of his dad “Buffalo” as a living legend. Brian is carving out an international reputation as a big wave rider, Hollywood stunt man, ocean risk management expert, inventor and businessman.

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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 – Cha Thompson

Cha Thompson runs a large family and a large, family-run business with her husband of 42 years, Jack Thompson.  Together, they own and operate Tihati Productions, one of the largest entertainment businesses in the state.

 

 

Long Story Short - Cha ThompsonRaised in public housing, Cha tells Leslie Wilcox that she’s most proud of being able to provide an education for her children.  Each has attended college.  And she herself recently earned a college degree.  “You know, we were always hungry, Leslie; we were always hungry,” she recalls.  “And so maybe that was it.  Maybe I thought, you know, I’m never gonna let that happen to my kids; and it never did.”

 

How have Cha and Jack succeeded in raising five children of their own and seven more hanai (a Polynesian tradition of adoption)?  “We expect for them to give back,” Cha says.  “We always say in our family, Much is expected from whom much is given.”

Tune in to hear stories of faith and family with Cha Thompson on 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 – Senator Daniel Akaka

You’ve heard the expression, “Nice guys finish last.” Not true. Not when it comes to U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka. Except at the very beginning of his political career, he’s been number one in the balloting for every elective office for which he’s run. Political supporters and opponents agree on one thing: he’s full of aloha – real aloha.

Daniel Kahikina Akaka is the only Native Hawaiian and the only member of Chinese ancestry serving in the U.S. Senate. Since 1976, he’s represented Hawai’i in Washington, D.C. – first in the House of Representatives and now in the Senate.

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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