on Long Story Short, PBS Hawaii, Tues., Sept. 4, 2012 and online at www.pbshawaii.org
A Manoa woman who came to be known as Hawaii's Florence Nightingale is nearing 97 and has never been a nurse.
During World War II, Shim Kanazawa was selected for a one-of-a-kind role at a critical juncture in history. The self-described "country girl" who grew on Parker Ranch on the Big Island was tapped by Sweden Vice Consul in Honolulu to be a liaison between the U.S. military community and Japanese American families torn apart by incarceration in relocation camps. The Vice Consul said he wanted someone with a "Red Cross heart."
You see and hear Shim Kanazawa share her experiences on Long Story Short tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012) at 7:30 pm on PBS Hawaii. Shim would go on to be a wise and articulate advocate for Hawaii's families, starting a nonprofit (Project Dana) and serving on many boards and commissions.
Shim knows what struggle feels like. But she has maintained a positive outlook throughout her life. Maybe that's the secret to her longevity and productivity.