Archive for July, 2011

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 – Sean Priester – Creating Great Food while Making a Difference in the Community

This week on Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox talks story with Sean Priester, executive chef and owner of Soul Café in Kaimuki. From his childhood in a military family, Sean learned to respect the communities where life and duty led them. With this mindset, paired with his culinary talent, Sean launched Soul Café, where he demonstrates how food can nurture community and supports others in overcoming personal adversity.

Among his volunteer work is a partnership with Next Step Shelter, where he prepares food for the homeless. Sean also opens up about his past internal struggles, which manifested as drug and alcohol addiction, beginning in his college years at North Carolina State. Fifteen years later, Sean talks about overcoming his vices and fears, and helping others do the same through the power of food.

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

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Long Story Short – Juliet Lee – Hawaii Author and Poet

Leslie Wilcox talks story with Juliet Lee, a Hilo-born poet and novelist who is perhaps better known by her pen name, Juliet S. Kono. Juliet takes Leslie back in time through vivid memories of modest living, teenage rebellion and family hardships. When Juliet was barely three years old, she and her family were swept up in the 1946 Hilo tsunami – a turning point for Juliet’s family and inspiration for her future work. Juliet has garnered several honors for her writing, including the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, the American Japanese National Literary Award and the Hawaii Award for Literature. Her latest novel, Anshu: Dark Sorrow, is set in Hawaii and Japan.

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

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Long Story Short – Bill Paty – Helping to Conserve Hawaii’s Natural Environment

Bill Paty has a life story that spans nine decades of personal and Hawaii history. Many residents probably remember Paty as the state land director during Governor John Waihee’s administration. In the 1970s, Paty presided over the historic Constitutional Convention and later served as chairman of the State Board of Land and Natural Resources, where he had the chance to fulfill his dream of helping to conserve Hawaii’s natural environment for future generations. Now, at age 90, Bill Paty talks with Leslie Wilcox about all this and how he remains actively involved in business, environmental, military and non-profit endeavors.

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

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