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Storytellers Weave Their Yarns at Waipio Festival

Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, HI) , November 19, 2004


The Hawaii United Okinawa Association celebrates Hawaii's rich multicultural heritage and the oral tradition of storytelling with the debut of the Red Dirt Storytelling Festival, a two-day event at the Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipio Gentry.

Headlining the event will be renowned storyteller and internationally acclaimed Celtic harpist Patrick Ball, whose gift for weaving the Irish lore of his ancestral homeland with Celtic harp pieces won him the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.

The festival will also bring together some of Hawaii's best storytellers, sharing tales in four public performances. Sharing stories of growing up in a sugar-plantation community will be longtime Waipahu resident and Nishihara Chojin Kai member Goro Arakawa.

Subjects Covered: diversity training, personal storytelling, storytelling festivals

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