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Talk Story

Learning through the oral tradition is not only transferred from kumu (expert) to haumana (student) but also through the telling of stories. The retelling of stories in an amusing and engaging way was an admired gift as I grew up. People would exclaim in pleasure and anticipation if a favorite cousin or aunty was said to be coming to a party. “Oh! Deborah’s coming? Good! Good! She can talk story!” Listening to a gifted storyteller retell a story was asRead More

Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place

“Wahi Pana” means a pulse of a place and many understand it to mean a place of reknown or historied place such as the site of the birth of Kamehameha in Kohala. But I also believe a wahi pana can also be a place that creates the sense of belonging, especially if it is one that is tied to the place of your birth or where you feel a connection to as part of your ohana (family). I wrote aRead More