Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox features engaging conversations with some of the most intriguing people in Hawaiʻi and across the world. Guests share personal stories, experiences and values that have helped shape who they are.
Air Date: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 7:30 PM
John Rampage got the performing bug early in life. As a young boy, he acted on stage and danced classical ballet, and at one point, even considered dance as a career.
Air Date: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 7:30 PM
On this episode of Long Story Short, Leslie Wilcox sits down to share stories with Hawaii Island farmer Richard Ha. Never heard of him? Well, Richard Ha isn’t your average farmer. He’s been called a visionary farmer. An innovative small business owner, Ha offers his employees profit sharing, has found a way to generate electricity on his property outside of Hilo, initiated an adopt-a-class program at Keaukaha Elementary School, advocates native Hawaiian practices of ahupua‘a and writes a blog on his website.
Air Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 7:30 PM
In this edition of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, hear from Dr. Amy Agbayani, who oversees the University of Hawaii's diversity programs. Dr. Agbayani came to Hawaii from her native Philippines to study at the East-West Center in the turbulent 1960's. The antiwar protests of the era helped set the stage for a lifetime fight for civil rights and social justice.
Air Date: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 7:30 PM
If you know the name Mamo, it’s probably because Mamo Howell is one of Hawaii’s most successful fashion designers and retailers. Quite an accomplishment for a woman - half Hawaiian - who started her business in her 40s. But that’s not where Mamo’s story began. As a teenager she danced hula in Waikiki to help support her family and later became a high-fashion model, strutting on runways in New York and Paris. Hawaii’s first top model.
Air Date: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 7:30 PM
On the day Robert Iopa graduated from Waiakea High School with a 1.7 grade point average, his grandmother looked at him with dismay.  “I mean, she literally was looking at me almost with tears in her eyes, saying, ‘So, what are you gonna do now?’” Iopa remembers.
Air Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014 7:30 PM
An entrepreneur with an inspiring story of success. Kent Untermann’s career has included playing football at the University of Hawaii, training at the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie camp - and turning a swap meet business into an operation that generates $15 million dollars a year. Leslie Wilcox sits down with Kent to hear how he said goodbye to his NFL dreams and applied himself to success in another field - the picture framing business - starting the Hawaiʻi company Pictures Plus.
Air Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:30 PM
Kuʻuipo Kumukahi's father once told her: "You go make them happy." They are words that the Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer still lives by through her music. In this conversation with Leslie Wilcox, Kuʻuipo remembers how family gatherings inspired her to pick up an ukulele for the first time, and shares her passion for keeping traditional Hawaiian music alive.
Air Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:30 PM
If you think you know Kitty (Lagareta) Yannone – business owner, public relations professional, University of Hawai‘i Regent – you’ll be surprised at the second career she almost had, how she got into public relations in the first place, and what she can do on a skateboard.
Air Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 7:30 PM
In this Part 2 program with Emma Veary, learn how this respected Hawaiian musical treasure now lives a quiet life with family members on Maui.
Air Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 7:30 PM
Emma Veary, a beautiful singer with a beautiful voice, was a class act in town back in the ‘70s, headlining shows at the Halekulani and Royal Hawaiian Hotels. She socialized with Hollywood celebrities and was married for a time to Aku, the highest-paid disc jockey in the country. Today, the elegant Emma Veary is a respected Hawaiian musical treasure whose signature tunes include Kamehameha Waltz and E Maliu Mai. The 78-year-old great-grandmother now lives a quiet life with family members on Maui. Emma Veary sits down with Leslie Wilcox to share stories that begin with young Emma singing professionally at the age of 5.
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