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.
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.
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.
Hawaiʻi volleyball fans know and revere him as one of the sport’s winningest coaches of all time. Dave Shoji looks back at key moments in his 42-year coaching career and speaks of his retirement focus on family and health.
This Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox program features conversations with three former prisoners of war from three branches of military service, sharing their harrowing experiences. --The late William Paty, former Director of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources, was 23 when he parachuted into Normandy with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division on D-Day and fell into enemy hands. --Retired Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court Associate Justice Frank Padgett (center) was a World War II Air Force pilot whose B-24 bomber was shot down. He was held prisoner for eight months by the feared Japanese Kempetai. --During the Vietnam War, Navy pilot Jerry Coffee (right) was on a combat mission over North Vietnam when his jet took enemy anti-aircraft fire. One of the longest-held Vietnam POWs, he spent more than seven years in captivity, much of it in the infamous prison nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton.” The men’s POW stories, told matter-of-factly, are a testament to the strength of the human spirit, even in the darkest of times.
Amos Kotomori’s career in advertising, with modeling agencies and with top fashion designers, has taken him all over the world. However, his most inspirational attribute is how he has dealt with life’s challenges. This Honolulu and Bali-based designer shares how his life values and no-fear attitude have helped guide him through obstacles in life with grace and humility.
ʻUkulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner says she feels more comfortable on stage than off stage. “I just need to express whatever is in me,” she says, “and it just comes out in this very ferocious energy and people seem to be drawn to it.” Get to know this native of ʻĀina Haina in East Honolulu on Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox.
As a young boy growing up in ahupuaa o Niu, now known as Niu Valley, Nainoa Thompson would go to Maunalua Bay with a family friend, Yoshi Kawano. “And we would go fishing. And that’s where my love for the ocean started, through fishing,” Thompson remembers. In this interview from August 2015, Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson discusses sailing the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokulea, on a voyage around the world to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of our earth and the ocean that he loves.
Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS national, oversees media content that’s distributed to more than 330 public television stations, including PBS Hawaiʻi. Visiting from Virginia, she shares her thoughts on leadership, finding your path in life and navigating an ever-changing media landscape.
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