A latch-key kid from Kaimuki who spent countless hours learning how to coax the most from a humble ukulele has become an international phenom.
The young man who felt great family love despite a parental split personifies caring in his life today. He's about to be featured in back-to-back programs on PBS Hawaii.
Join us, starting at 7:30 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, for LONG STORY SHORT with Jake Shimabukuro; and at 8:00 pm, for the state television premiere of a documentary which will get a national PBS roll-out two months from now, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.
On Long Story Short, Jake talks about his childhood in Honolulu, pushing the limits of Hawaii's beloved four-stringed instrument, the YouTube video that catapulted his solo career and entering a new chapter in his life: marriage and fatherhood.
This episode will be live streamed. Rebroadcasts air on Wed., March 13, 2013, at 11:00 pm and Sun., March 17. 2013, at 4:00 pm.
The Life on Four Strings documentary follows the ukulele virtuoso on tour in the U.S. and Japan, and shows him at home in Hawaii. Through interviews, archival footage and family photos, the film offers an intimate portrait of an unassuming performer using an instrument that many fans previously dismissed as a toy. Jake Shimabukuro has shown true musical mastery and has attracted a large and dedicated following around the world.
The evening is also a live pledge-of-support night. I'll be talking with the Kamaka family, which has handmade Jake's musical instruments. Our phone bank will be staffed by Pacific Islanders in Communications, a partner in the making of the national documentary and Paliku Documentary Films which provided local camera support.