Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi is an hour-long compilation of six locally produced short films that tells the stories of Hawaiʻi-based women filmmakers, taking them from behind the camera to out in front.
On this Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, we hear from Nona Beamer, or Aunty Nona as she was fondly called. Aunty Nona was an educator, author, hula dancer and a champion of Hawaiian culture, known for her integrity, scholarship and love.
Hear from Alice Inoue, the founder of Happiness U, as she reflects on how her curiosity and entrepreneurial nature led her on an untraditional path to her current position of helping others find their life’s purpose.
A special compilation edition of LONG STORY SHORT WITH LESLIE WILCOX features four local Artists and Painters. These creatives share how they approach their work and what inspires them.
In JANE AUSTEN: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, host Lucy Worsley traces novelist Jane Austen’s life and career as she explores the homes and holiday apartments Austen lived and stayed. The “Pride and Prejudice” author used houses and property as central themes in her work, and was very much influenced by where she lived.
Rowan LeCompte: A Life in Light profiles the late, world-renowned stained glass artist best known for his work in the Washington National Cathedral, spanning 70 years of artistic commission. This film traces LeCompte’s trajectory from a determined teenager who found his life’s calling in the possibilities of color and light to an octogenarian with an unstoppable vision of what stained glass can do.
A picture of families in America today and the way familial relationships shape us. Families of all shapes and sizes, including non-traditional and “chosen” families, give us a look into their lives through self-shot video and photos.
Don’t expect to hear Waipahu High (Oʻahu) Principal Keith Hayashi to toot his own horn. His public school is shattering stereotypes of what’s possible in a lower-income area. With a focus on innovation and partnerships, he has become an undisputed statewide leader in Hawaiʻi public education. Among his achievements, he was a driving force in creating the school’s groundbreaking Early College program. Students can earn college credits, giving them up to a two-year head start when they enter the University of Hawaiʻi.
Jim Burns’ father, John A. Burns, always thought of himself as a local boy. Jim, who grew up in Kailua and could easily break into Pidgin English, saw himself the same way. As Jim was growing up, he saw the respect that his father had for Hawai‘i’s immigrants, and learned that being a local boy was about more than just speaking Pidgin.
For businesswoman Gerri Hayes, being told that “you can’t do it” just makes her more determined to succeed. Gerri shares her survival story as a single mother of two young children who moved to Hawaii to take a human-services job that didn't materialize. She founded a business, Office Pavilion Hawaii, providing furniture to workplaces. It was hailed by Pacific Business News as 2011's top female-owned business in the Islands, with revenues that year of $37 million.
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