For three years, Takeshi Yoshihara and his family lived in two small cubicles in a Japanese American internment camp. The experience, while traumatic for the young Takeshi and his family, did not leave him bitter. This Nisei would grow up to be the first Japanese American appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, and he enjoyed a long military career. Yoshihara talks about what made him an unlikely Naval Academy candidate, and his journey through the ranks and, eventually, to Hawaiʻi.
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.
Learn how John Morgan, president of the 4,000-acre Kualoa Ranch on Windward Oʻahu, diversified business by opening up the lands to recreational tour activities and to movie crews from blockbuster films like Jurassic Park and Jumanji.
Strength and grit were the two values that Lois Kim’s Korean American parents instilled in her from an early age. But when tragedy struck, she turned to drugs, which took her down a dark path that resulted in prison time. She’s since served her time, and is now using the power of storytelling to share her exploration of vulnerability – and a new source of strength.
As a longtime musical bandmate of the late Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Louis “Moon” Kauakahi, has always been a backbone of The Mākaha Sons of Niʻihau. After Bruddah Iz left the group, Moon continued to compose, play the guitar and serve as business manager of the reconfigured Mākaha Sons until 2014. However, music hasn’t been his only career. Hear how he balanced his life as a musician while keeping a day job.
Leslie Wilcox talks with Desmond Tutu, the South African former archbishop who openly and peacefully opposed apartheid. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate recalls tough experiences that taught him peace and compassion. Archbishop Tutu also explains why it's best to forgive, even in the most difficult situations. He even reveals his lighthearted side and talks about how humor can defuse tense moments.
Growing up in the noisy, caring, opinionated New York City borough of Brooklyn gave Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, experience in thinking on her feet in the real world. She shares her views on public media’s role in bringing us all together, even in a divisive social and political climate.
As a young man, Ed Greevy followed his passion for surf from his native Los Angeles to Honolulu. He arrived as the Save Our Surf movement was just ramping up, and it made him aware of threats to surfing breaks on the south shore. Waikīkī land development became his gateway to environmental, land use and sovereignty activism in Hawaiʻi. For more than 40 years, Greevy photographed political struggles and the modern Hawaiian Sovereignty movement. He talks about capturing more than 100,000 images in his archive, many of them documenting land development conflicts, starting in the tumultuous 1970s in Hawaiʻi.
Twinning is definitely winning for Jordan and Aaron Kandell. These Mānoa-based screenwriting brothers are not only twins, but also best friends, neighbors, ʻIolani School grads and college poetry majors. Watch this program of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox to learn how they became part of the writing team behind Moana, the 2016 Disney animated film.
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.
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