Danny Yamashiro

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Danny Yamashiro
Danny Yamashiro in New England, 2015.jpg
Danny Yamashiro in 2015
Born (1967-12-05) December 5, 1967 (age 49)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Chaminade University
Biola University
Harvard University
Occupation Radio Host, Evangelist, Pastor, Author
Spouse(s) Jamie Yamashiro
Website DannyYamashiro.org

Danny Yamashiro (born December 5, 1967) survived a 400-foot fall from the famed ridge of the historic Nuuanu Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii at 18.[1]

Survival story[edit]

On December 22, 1985, attempting to rescue his stranded girlfriend from a 20-foot mountain-climbing fall, Danny Yamashiro slipped and fell head first 300 feet and later another 100 feet.[2] The second fall took place during an attempted rescue and was captured on film. It aired on newscasts (KHON, KITV, KGMB) throughout Hawaii. He suffered severe head injuries, skull fractures, multiple tears in his scalp,[3] a shattered ankle, damaged organs, extensive lacerations, and being comatose.[4] Further details are written in his autobiography entitled Paradise Calls: A Spellbinding Story of Survival and Hope from Hawaii's Evangelist[5] endorsed by Joni Eareckson Tada and New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield.[6] His dramatic story has been featured on the Christian Broadcasting Network (1999) across the United States and Asia introduced by Pat Robertson with the words, "Do you like adventure? I've got one for you!" Yamashiro shared his story at the Aloha Stadium (1998) upon the invitation of evangelist Greg Laurie who wrote, "If it were a baseball game, you would have it a homerun."[7]

Personal life[edit]

Danny Yamashiro was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.[5] He is an American of Chinese, Hawaiian and Japanese ancestry with paternal roots in Okinawa.[5] He is the great grandson of Chang Apana, the renowned Hawaii detective who was the inspiration of the Hollywood character Charlie Chan, created by 1907 Harvard alumnus Earl Derr Biggers (starring Warner Oland). He graduated from Iolani School in 1986. His father, the Rev. David T. Yamashiro, Sr., played football and basketball for Father Kenneth A. Bray.[8] Danny Yamashiro is married to Jamie Yamashiro and has three children: Allie, Hugh and Luke.

Professional life[edit]

Yamashiro is an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, minister, publisher and consultant.

Evangelist & pastor[edit]

In 1993, he founded Jesus Christ Is Calling You Evangelistic Ministry, Inc. (JCCY)[9] and launched a series of large-scale revival tent meetings throughout Hawaii. Yamashiro used television, radio and print media to communicate his message to broader audiences and has been widely referred to as the "Billy Graham of Hawaii."[5] Since 1998, his organization formed Paradise Global Mission and expanded to reach Japan, Philippines, Kenya, Thailand, India, Brazil, Dominican Republic,[10] Uganda, China, Russia and more[11] with medical and dental clinics, sports clinics and numerous forms of humanitarian aid by supporting the work of Christian churches in rural locations.

Yamashiro has ministered, studied and conducted business throughout Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Pacific Islands.

He is the founding pastor of Christ's Church at Kapolei, affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America, and served as senior pastor for nine years (1998–2007). Rene Paulo, a Hawaiian pianist who studied at Juilliard School of Music in New York City, has been an active member there.

Danny Yamashiro speaking

Radio and television host[edit]

Yamashiro has been featured on The Frank Pastore Show[12] in southern California. He hosts the national program A Slice of The Good Life which airs in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Ontario, Canada, Kent, England, and Malaybalay City, Philippines [13] weekdays and formerly aired in Greater Los Angeles on Salem Communications 99.5 KKLA-FM.[14]

He hosts Hawaii's only locally based daily Christian radio talk show, The Good Life Hawaii, on Salem Communications 99.5 KGU-FM,[15] a program of Danny Yamashiro Ministries. His guests have included Syracuse University head football coach Dino Babers,[16] Jim Daly of Focus on the Family,[17] multiple Grammy Award Winner James Ingram,[18] Nick Vujicic,[19] Dr. Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas,[20] Biola University President Barry Corey,[21] Moody Bible Institute President Paul Nyquist,[22] U.S. Congressman Charles Djou,[23] Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona,[24] Mayor of Honolulu Mufi Hannemann,[25] Toronto Argonauts kick returner and receiver Chad Owens,[26] New York Jets linebacker Brashton Satele,[27][28] former Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Blane Gaison,[29] mixed martial arts stars Egan Inoue[30] and Falaniko Vitale,[31] Senator Norman Sakamoto,[32] Representative Lynn Finnegan,[33] and finalist of The World's Strongest Man Joe Onosai.[34]

As host of the television special The Danny Yamashiro Show (KWHE, KWHD, KWHM) on LeSEA broadcasting network, Yamashiro featured notable personalities including University of Hawaii head football coach June Jones[35] preceding UH's remarkable 12–0 (2007) regular season which led to an invitation to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs.


He is the president of White Mountain Castle Publishing, LLC.[36] Noted authors from Hawaii including Ada Lum of Wheaton College,[37] Olympian Kevin Asano, Rob Gross and Assemblies of God ministers Dr. George Nagato, Rev. Terry Wong and Jimmy Yamada, Jr. have had their books published through Yamashiro's company.

Awards and associations[edit]

Danny Yamashiro was the first ordained clergyman selected for the Pacific Century Fellows and offered a prayer at a celebratory dinner hosted by the Governor of Hawaii, Benjamin Cayetano at the historic "Washington Place" (1999).[38] He was awarded Biola University's Young Alumni Award (2000) and received numerous Certificates of Recognition from the Hawaii Senate, Hawaii House of Representatives, Honolulu City Council and the Mayor of Honolulu, Jeremy Harris.

Danny Yamashiro is ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America, is a member of the National Religious Broadcasters[39] and Dr. Luis Palau's Next Generation Alliance of evangelists.[40]

Education and training[edit]

In 2015, Yamashiro was admitted as a Master of Liberal Arts degree candidate at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a concentration in Government at Harvard Extension School.

He attended Chaminade University (1987) in Honolulu before transferring to Biola University and Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology (1991) and Master of Arts in Bible Exposition (1993). He studied in Egypt and Israel as part of his graduate program. Professional tennis player Michael Chang, vocalist Judith Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Todd Worrell, Christian author and speaker Josh McDowell, U.S. Senator John Thune from South Dakota and founder of Fuller Theological Seminary Charles E. Fuller are also graduates of Biola University.

He served as pastoral intern at Christ Presbyterian Church of Hollywood in California and at Kalihi Union Church in Hawaii. While pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy degree he studied Expository Preaching in Memphis, Tennessee under Dr. Stephen F. Olford (1994). He trained in Apologetics under Dr. John Warwick Montgomery in Strasbourg, France (1998) and received pastoral training from Dr. Jack W. Hayford in Van Nuys, California. He was a delegate at two historic conferences: North American Conference for Itinerant Evangelists (NACIE `94) in Louisville, Kentucky and Amsterdam 2000 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Yamashiro has authored the following books:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Honolulu Star Bulletin, December 22, 1993 Pali fall puts youth in Christ's hands
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  5. ^ a b c d name="Paradise Calls"
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Calls-ebook/dp/B005UGD2NG#reader_B005UGD2NG
  7. ^ [1] Archived February 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  17. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/radio-guest/journey-from-orphan-to-executive-jim-daly/
  18. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/radio-guest/god-will-be-there-part-1-james-and-debbie-ingram/
  19. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/love-without-limits-anti-bullying-campaign-special-guest-nick-vujicic/
  20. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/radio-guest/a-hope-and-a-future-dr-jack-graham/
  21. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/biblically-centered-education-dr-barry-corey/
  22. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/across-globe-dr-paul-nyquist/
  23. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/radio-guest/congressman-in-combat-charles-djou/
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  29. ^ http://www.thegoodlifehawaii.com/?s=Blane+Gaison
  30. ^ "Fighting and Faith- Egan Inoue". The Good Life Hawaii. Retrieved October 20, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  31. ^ http://thegoodlifehawaii.com/radio-guest/fighting-the-good-fight-falaniko-vitale-and-sid-sumida/
  32. ^ http://www.thegoodlifehawaii.com/?tag=political&paged=2
  33. ^ http://www.thegoodlifehawaii.com/?tag=political
  34. ^ http://www.thegoodlifehawaii.com/?tag=athletics
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  36. ^ WHITE MOUNTAIN CASTLE PUBLISHING, LLC info@whitemountaincastle.com. "White Mountain Castle Publishing – Services". Whitemountaincastle.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  37. ^ http://www.biblehawaii.org/static/uploads/pdf/news_2009sum2_v3.pdf
  38. ^ "ALUMNI 1997 – present". Pacific Century Fellows. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  39. ^ http://www.ipanews.com/?p=5980.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  40. ^ "Luis Palau Association » nga evangelists w to z". Palau.org. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 

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