Dr. Danny Yamashiro is radio host of Hawaii’s #1 most listened to local Christian talk show, The Good Life Hawaii. He also hosts A Slice of The Good Life – nationally and internationally. At 18, he survived a deadly 400 foot fall (122 m) from the famed Pali ridge in Hawaii. Rescuing his girlfriend from a 20 foot fall (6 m), Danny slipped and fell head first 300 feet (91 m) and later another 100 feet (31 m). He suffered traumatic brain injuries (skull fractures, torn scalp), a shattered ankle, smashed organs, extensive lacerations, and being comatose. A spiritual awakening impacted his recovery.
He founded Jesus Christ Is Calling You Evangelistic Ministry, Inc.(JCCY) in 1993. His organization expanded worldwide with medical and dental clinics, sports clinics and numerous forms of humanitarian aide supporting the work of Christian churches in rural locations. He experienced life in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, North America, the Pacific Islands, and South America.
Danny graduated from Harvard University with a master’s degree in government at Harvard Extension School. His research involving religious influences on crisis presidential decision-making was featured at Harvard’s Annual Thesis Symposium. Yamashiro’s interview at Harvard can be found here. He earned his PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University with a dissertation titled, “American Presidents and Childhood Trauma: Intersecting Religious Education from Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump.” His exploration involved research at ten presidential library archives. He attended the University of Oxford theology summer school at Christ Church and earned his master’s in Bible exposition at Talbot School of Theology and bachelor’s in biblical studies and theology at Biola University.
Danny and his wife Jamie live in Brookline, Massachusetts. They have three adult children: Allie, Hugh, and Luke.
“Danny won the Commencement Speaker Prize and addressed Harvard Extension School’s graduating class in 2017. He received a standing ovation for his speech ‘Falling 400 Feet.'”
— Harvard Extension (@HarvardEXT) May 12, 2017
He authored several books including Paradise Calls (his autobiography), Successful Evangelism 100% of the Time, Discover the Champion in You, Winners Edge and Unleashing the Greatness in You. As church planter he served as senior pastor for 10 years as an ordained minister of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
Watch the Commencement Address: