Around the world, every culture has it’s own way of sharing information and stories. In the Islands, we know it as ‘talk story.’ These informal conversations are about slowing down and taking the time to share ideas, stories, history and opinions with the people around you. The upcoming annual Talk Story Festival aims to keep the conversation going with hopes of inspiring and connecting us all.

The Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to two free nights to the 25th Annual Talk Story Festival, Hawai‘i’s oldest and largest storytelling celebration. Some of Hawai‘i’s best storytellers and mainland guests are featured. Nine storytellers each night, 20 minutes each, with dramatic lighting and gifted sign language interpreters. Video of these performances is projected beside the stage. Gates open at 5 p.m. Big crowds are expected, so come early both nights!


Friday, October 18, 6 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 19, 6 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.

(Touring O‘ahu, neighbor islands and public libraries the following week.)

Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse Ballroom

Hawai‘i Tellers will include:

‘Tita’ Kathy Collins (Maui), Yasu Ishida (Japan), Dan Kelin II (Honolulu Theater for Youth), Sandra MacLees (Big Island), James McCarthy (guitar man), Shain Miller (Ong King), Kilohana Silve (hula & story), Jeff Gere (hosts both nights).

Mainland Guests:

Lyn Ford (Ohio) & Kuniko Yamamoto (Japan)

For more information, contact Jeff Gere at 808-768-3032, and visit