Archive for June, 2010

Long Story Short – Kelvin Taketa – Building Links Between Subcultures in Hawaii

Kelvin Taketa talks story about growing up in Aina Haina in the 1960’s; and his journey from law school, to the Nature Conservancy, to his current life as President & CEO of the Hawaii Community Foundation. Kelvin also talks about the mentors that inspired him along the way and the life-changing epiphany he had when he realized his role in society is to be the link between subcultures that don’t normally interact with one another.

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

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Long Story Short – Hōkūlani Holt – Drawing Strength from Hawaiian Heritage

Maui-based kumu hula and Hawaiian cultural/language specialist Hōkūlani Holt talks story with Leslie Wilcox about growing up on Oahu and Maui, being hānai’d (adopted) by her grandparents, and growing up in a well-known hula family. Hōkūlani also talks about juggling her demanding yet fulfilling life as a kumu hula, Director of Cultural Programs at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and her active roles in a long list of community organizations. Through it all she draws strength from her Hawaiian heritage and a family history of strong, independent women.

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

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Long Story Short – James Scott – Part Two

Join Leslie Wilcox for the second part of a two-part discussion with Dr. James Scott, the Waimanalo-born Native Hawaiian who has been president of Punahou School since 1994. In this episode, Dr. Scott talks about the balance he tries to maintain for Punahou between traditions from the past and innovations for the future. He characterizes that balance as the art of “holding the tension”. He credits, in part, lessons he learned as a pitcher on the Punahou baseball team for his ability to strike this delicate balance. He also talks about his wife Maureen, raising two children in their on-campus home, and the challenges of separating work and home-life when one’s home and workplace are really one in the same. Dr. Scott also talks about a Punahou initiative that helps public school students get ready for college and speculates on his future as the school’s president.

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

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