Jim Dator of Waikīkī has spent the last 50 years pondering and researching what the future might hold. He is a futurist, a pioneer in this academic field and is an internationally respected voice in futures studies. Learn how a series of family tragedies in his early life propelled him to always look forward, not back.
Honolulu-born Lorenzo DeStefano is a photographer, filmmaker, film editor and writer who uses his skills to explore the hidden lives of those who are often overlooked by society. His play Shipment Day tells the true story of his feisty cousin Olivia, who contracted leprosy at age 18 and was exiled to Kalaupapa, Molokaʻi.
Have you ever found yourself in the right place at the right time? Kauaʻi-based Hawaiian cultural practitioner Puna Dawson certainly has, and she shares these and other experiences and significant events that have touched and shaped her life over the years.
The glamour of the entertainment industry can be alluring, but with its heavy business risks, there are no guarantees of success. Polynesian entertainment company co-owner Cha Thompson; the late radio DJ and concert promoter Tom Moffatt; and former nightclub owner Jack Cione are three “showbiz masterminds” who excelled at entertaining local audiences. Revisit these conversations about their journeys, lessons learned and passion for showbiz.
Learn how Hilo designer Kūhaʻo Zane, son of renowned clothing designer Sig Zane and on his mother’s side, a descendant from an unbroken line of Kanakaʻole cultural practitioners, is navigating his own path in both the design and Hawaiian cultural worlds. He shares how he draws on his Hawaiian roots while approaching his design work with a modern vision.
Growing up in the crowded, rundown tenements of downtown Honolulu, Mahealani Wendt witnessed the poverty of the Native Hawaiian people around her. That ignited a passion to help, and she spent more than three decades fighting for Hawaiian rights, with a long run as the Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation in Honolulu. Today she lives in Hāna, Maui, and is a poet and author.
On this special episode of Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, we look back at conversations with three of Hawai‘i’s contemporary authors: Chris McKinney, Susanna Moore and Gavan Daws. These “wordsmiths” have built careers weaving stories of Hawai‘i in distinctive, personal ways and have proven exceptional at bringing these stories to the page. Hear how they approach their craft and get a glimpse into their literary lives.
Musician, singer and dancer Nani Lim Yap tells how her Lim family’s music grew from an entertaining pastime to a career that takes them around the world to perform. She also reminisces about her upbringing in Kohala, Hawai‘i Island, and the way she keeps the traditions and stories of her ancestors alive as a kumu hula.
In this special Father’s Day compilation, we celebrate dads and the life lessons they’ve passed along to their children. You’ll hear stories of how fathers and father figures influenced business adviser Pono Shim, comedian Augie T, entertainer Melveen Leed, champion spear-fisher Kimi Werner and community advocate Kamuela Enos.
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