Join PBS Hawaii, starting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 12, for LONG STORY SHORT with Jake Shimabukuro; and at 8:00 pm, for the world television premiere of a documentary which will get a national PBS roll-out two months from now, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.
"I'm thrilled that PBS Hawaii is going to be showing Life on Four Strings first," Jake told the public television station. "I was born and raised in Hawaii and [I'm] just very proud of where I come from. I feel great about my family, friends and all the people here in Hawaii...that they'll have the first opportunity to see this."
The Life on Four Strings documentary, co-produced by Center for Asian American Media and Pacific Islanders in Communications, follows the 'ukulele virtuoso on tour in the U.S. and Japan, and shows him at home in Hawai'i. 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.
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 at 11:00 pm and Sun., March 17 at 4:00 pm.
The evening is also a live pledge-of-support night. PBS Hawaii president Leslie Wilcox will be talking with musical artist John Cruz, Chris Kamaka of Kamaka Ukulele, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and Paliku Documentary Films, which provided production support for the film in Hawai'i.
Watch the broadcast promo: http://youtu.be/NwNy555kNNo