Hawaii's rich "talk story" tradition will be shared both locals and visitors on Oct. 18 and 19 during a celebration in Honolulu.
The festival, in its 25th year, draws hundreds of people. Sessions on both days will begin at 6 p.m. Nine storytellers will take to the stage each night, and each will be given 20 minutes. Friday's theme will be ghost stories. A broader range of tales will be shared the next evening.
The storytellers include Kathy Collins, a popular announcer on Maui's listener-supported Manao Radio. She has turned her alter-ego – the fictitious, pidgin English-speaking Tita – into a hilarious, beloved character.
Master storyteller Jeff Gere created the festival in 1989 after experiencing talk story sessions at Oahu senior centers. His vision was, and remains, to honor traditional and contemporary storytelling as a form of oral history.
Gere and others will lead a storytelling workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 19.
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