Co-produced by Bamboo Ridge Press and Hawaiʻi Public Radio, Aloha Shorts brought some of Hawaiʻi’s finest writers, actors, and musicians together each week for a half-hour radio program celebrating local literature. The Best of Aloha Shorts contains poems and stories drawn from the pages of Bamboo Ridge that are not only excellent in themselves but also outstanding in performance. In addition to over thirty selections that provide a generous sample of the best of Hawaiʻi literature, this collection features a history and behind-the-scenes account of Aloha Shorts, and personal essays by some of the writers, actors, musicians, sponsors, and the host. An online link, www.bestofalohashorts.com, also provides readers with recordings of every piece’s broadcast performance. The result is an introduction to life in the islands past and present, an anthology of some of the finest writing that Bamboo Ridge has published, a valuable resource for teachers who want their students to read and hear fine writing, and a souvenir of the much loved show that each week shared the spirit of Hawaiʻi.
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ALOHA SHORTS Producers & THE BEST OF ALOHA SHORTS Editors:
Sammie Choy is a Honolulu director, producer, and teacher. She received an MFA in Directing and a PhD in Theatre from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and currently teaches theatre and acting at Kapi`olani Community College. Before returning to Hawai`i, she was a professional actor in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past nine years, she has directed and produced living history productions on O`ahu and Maui for the Hawai`i Pono`i Coalition. She is a past member of Kumu Kahua Theatre’s board of directors and is active in fiber arts as a craftsperson and artist.
Craig Howes is a Professor of English, a co-editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and the Director of the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. With Jon Osorio, he co-edited The Value of Hawai`i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future (UH Press 2010). The series scholar and a co-producer for the Biography Hawai`i television documentary series, regularly screened on PBS Hawaii, he has served on the boards of Kumu Kahua Theatre and the Hawaiian Historical Society. He has appeared in many plays, including regularly in the Hawai`i Pono`i Coalition Mai Poina Living History productions.
Phyllis S.K. Look has had a 20-year career in the theatre as an actor, director, teacher, and producer. She received an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama, a National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Directing Fellowship, and a Po`okela Award. She was a member of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s artistic staff and founded the Theatre’s award-winning Education and Outreach Program. Her directing credits include productions at Berkeley Rep, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Institute, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Young Playwrights, and Sundance Children’s Theatre, among others. She is currently the Director of Marketing at Hawai`i Public Radio.
Educator, Hawai‘i Public Schools
The 30-minute weekly radio program Aloha Shorts became destination listening for anyone interested in Hawai‘i stories and literature. Over four years it became a major jewel in HPR’s local-programming crown.
Former President & General Manager, Hawai‘i Public Radio
These are amazing, amusing, and compelling stories, a great avenue to the public humanities and the life of the mind they represent. The diverse topics and writings, performed thematically for Aloha Shorts, connect us to ideas about family and community, engage us in daily dilemmas and challenges, and make us richer human beings by their knowing telling. They become “human-ties”—holding us in their wisdom, civic virtues, and civility, and wearing those cool aloha shorts. The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is proud to have supported this storytelling experience. I’m so glad that through this book the stories can continue to support us all.
Executive Director, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities
Having spent the better part of seven years working on Aloha Shorts, I am grateful that the show will be remembered this way. And grateful that there is something like Bamboo Ridge to help writers get their stories out in the first place. In the grand scheme, the book really is a tribute to the work BRP has been doing over the last 40 years. And I’m hoping BRP will be around a long, long time because there are a lot more stories to tell.
Multimedia Production Manager, Hawaii Public Radio