The Hawaiian language nearly went extinct following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. For decades, it was mostly spoken in homes by kūpuna. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Hawaiian Renaissance movement helped save the native tongue from disappearing. Meet four Hawaiian Language Masters - Larry Kimura, Sarah Keahi, Puakea Nogelmeier and Amy Kalili - and hear how they became interested in learning the Hawaiian language and their dedication to perpetuating ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
Get to know Sherry Menor-McNamara, the youngest and first female President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi. After working in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, Menor-McNamara returned to Hawaiʻi and earned post-graduate degrees in law and business. Her interests in public service and business converge in her current role at the local Chamber, which has won national recognition under her leadership.
In 2015, when the University of Hawai‘i named Eran Ganot as the new head coach for the men’s basketball team, many onlookers were surprised. Find out why.
When she was 7 years old, Kim-Anh Nguyen and her family were uprooted from their home country of Vietnam after the war. Nguyen assimilated quickly in America, and she forged a path for herself in science as a researcher. She now heads the Blood Bank of Hawaii, which allows her to do what she says she loves best – connect with people.
Kohala native Manaola Yap grew up processing dyes from native roots and plants, while helping his mother, kumu hula Nani Lim Yap, create elaborate hula costumes for performances. These early experiences now inform his brand of Hawaiian luxury clothing, Manaola Hawai‘i, which made its New York Fashion Week debut in September 2017.
It's hard to think of a choir or chorus without thinking of Nola Nahulu - one of Hawaiʻi's premiere conductors and music teachers. Nola got hooked on music while taking piano and ballet growing up as a child in Mākaha, and she parlayed that passion into a career that has spanned more than three decades. She has taught and conducted some of the islands' legendary and beloved choral groups - including the Kawaiahaʻo Church Choir, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and the Honolulu Symphony Chorus.
Opera and cockfighting are some of the diverse subjects that Kauai-based documentary filmmaker Stephanie Castillo has covered throughout her career. Castillo released her first film, Simple Courage, in 1992, which drew parallels between Hansen’s Disease and the major health crisis at the time of the film’s release, the AIDS epidemic.
Earl Kawaʻa is a full-blooded Hawaiian from remote Hālawa Valley on the east side of Molokaʻi. As a boy, he witnessed his parents providing an important service to the small community: hoʻoponopono, a way to reconciliation and forgiveness. This would inform the course of his life and his career. With grounding in the Hawaiian culture, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work, Uncle Earl bridges Hawaiian and Western ways to understand people and organizations. Find out how he resolves conflicts in modern-day Hawaiʻi.
Named for the island where he was born, Lanai Tabura is well-known for his talents as a DJ, comedian, television host, actor and entrepreneur. Now he dedicates himself to one of his earliest passions – cooking – to share aloha across the globe through food.
In this episode of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, we feature four athletes who found success in their sports – and beyond: the late Skippa Diaz, Bob Apisa, Mahina Eleneki Hugo and Al Harrington.
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