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  • Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) "The Best of Aloha Shorts – Live!" Reunites Actors, Musicians, and Authors from Hit Radio Program

  • Type: Special Event
    Date: Saturday - 8/11/2018
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Paliku Theatre

"The Best of Aloha Shorts -- Live!" Reunites Actors, Musicians, and Authors from Hit Radio Program

The half-hour radio program Aloha Shorts was "a major jewel in HPR's local-programming crown," writes former Hawaiʻi Public Radio President and General Manager Michael Titterton in "The Best of Aloha Shorts." In celebration of the release of this new anthology from Bamboo Ridge Press, HPR presents a live evening of some of the poems and stories that were outstanding in performance.

These "best of the Best" will be read live by the original Aloha Shorts performers at the Palikū Theatre on Saturday, August 11, at 7:30 p.m. Seats ($20 - $40) may be reserved at or by calling (808) 955-8821 during business hours. A limited quantity of autographed copies of "The Best of Aloha Shorts" are also available for purchase with ticket order.

The Best of Aloha Shorts -- Live! features works by Bamboo Ridge co-founder Darrell H.Y. Lum, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Lisa Linn Kanae, and Puanani Burgess, among others. The cast includes Daryl Bonilla, Nara Cardenas, Ginger Gohier, Karen Kaulana, Stephanie Keiko Kong, Devon Nekoba, and Aito Simpson Steele. The evening is hosted by the former Aloha Shorts host, Cedric Yamanaka, with musical entertainment from the show's house band Hamajang (Derek Ferrar, Charley Myers, and Mark Scrufari), and an appearance by a surprise guest.

Aloha Shorts was a co-production of Bamboo Ridge Press and Hawai‘i Public Radio. and aired weekly on HPR between 2004 and 2013. It brought together some of Hawai‘i's finest writers, actors, and musicians for celebrations of local literature. The show was taped monthly before a live audience in HPR's Atherton Studio, and was subsequently edited into half-hour episodes. Aloha Shorts was co-produced by Craig Howes, Sammie Choy, and Phyllis S.K. Look, who also served as the editors for The Best of Aloha Shorts.

In addition to the over thirty selections that provide a generous sample of the best of Hawai‘i literature, "The Best of Aloha Shorts" features behind-the-scenes accounts of the making of this popular radio program through personal essays by some of the writers, actors, musicians, sponsors, and the host. An online link,, also provides readers with recordings of every piece's broadcast performance.

HPRʻs event sponsor for The Best of Aloha Shorts - Live! is Le Jardin Academy.


WHAT: HPR presents The Best of Aloha Shorts - Live!, a live performance of poetry and stories from the new anthology from Bamboo Ridge Press, "The Best of Aloha Shorts"

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Palikū Theatre, Windward Community College campus, 45-720 Keaʻahala Rd, Kāneʻohe, HI

TICKETS: Reserved seating, $20 - $40, plus online service charge

RESERVATIONS: Call 955-8821 during business hours or reserve seats at

About HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio

The Atherton Studio seats 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The Studio is available for rent for musical performances, community group meetings, and lectures. It is located in the HPR office and studio complex at 738 Kaheka Street, across from the Honolulu Don Quijote. Metered street parking is available, as are paid lots at the First Hawaiian Bank (Kapi‘olani branch) and in the Pan Am building.

About Hawaii Public Radio

HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In October 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive four-star rating for exceptional fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and West Hawai‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM)

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