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Jeff Gere, Storyteller - Coming Events

Jeff...What coming up? Well…

JAVA: Story Conference (November 23-26)

This is the FEAST Conference (Federation of Asian Storytelling), the first LIVE one since covid hit. I'm SO EXCITED!

I'll give two workshops (Participation Storytelling & Principals In Play When Story Puts You Under It's Spell). Also, I'll give the opening keynote address ("Storytelling In Life Has No Script. You Must Speak!" . powerful tour tales)… There will be friends EthNohTec & Margaret Read MacDonald, other Asian tellers + Javanese stars.

This is my 2nd trip there- I LOVE Java. I'll tour for a week (Makassar) before, & YES, we will ‘holoholo' after (as usual, bumping into life.)

KAUAI STORYTELLING RETREAT March 21-28 in rustic Lodge in Koke'e

20 storytellers will gather in a rustic camp for fellowship, workshops, & shows in Koke'e (on the top of Kauai.) Last year's group included 3 Koreans, 4 locals & mainland tellers. Yes, 3 public shows, field trips & stories of Kauai, hikes, fireside tales, good food & lots of sharing in a lodge in the forest. If this sounds good to you, see attached for specific details.



Halloween is my birthday! So come share a few chilling tales with me to celebrate:

Sat Oct 28- Family Show @ Ala Wai Park (corner of McCully & Kapiolani Blvd. )

5pm pumpkin carving 6:15-7:15ish Jeff Goes Off

Silly & Spooky, personal, folktales & local lore. including 3 true supernatural tales told to him in American Samoa.

That canoe house looks abandoned- PERFECT!

This is the second year Jeff's doing this community show for families. Join us- bring a friend for protection.

Sun Oct 29- Another Spooky @ UH Manoa, Krauss Hall #012 ( Sakamaki)

2-3pm Alton Chung, Janice Oshiro, & Jeff…. FREE, 20 minutes each

HYBRID SHOW: Online and In-Person (Intimate!)

The Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP, Outreach College),

hosts this annual special HYBRID Halloween Storytelling show.

Registration required:

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Janine Oshiro loves creating storytelling programs that explore the sparks between folk and fairy tales and personal stories. For Halloween she will share a version of the haunting Japanese folktale Kosodate Yurei, and a personal story about a mother's love that knows no boundaries.


This is a true story given to me by a local spiritual healer. Six young Hawaiian lifeguards hike into the Koolau Mountains for a weekend camping trip. It rains. They're not alone. Something terrifying stalks through their camp late at night. They spent hours hiking endless trails to get back, but something followed them home.


On a storytelling tour I pulled over at the sign "garage sale".... We five unloaded and ambled into a

beat up garage. When I recognized the host lady, my blood turned to ice - I knew her... too late to

turn and run. She'd already started her story of life and death in the balance of answers to three

riddles.... it was terrifying."

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Contact: Jeff Gere, (808)737-1774

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Jeff Gere is a storytelling activist! He is the Drama Specialist in the Parks Department, talks to thousands of Summer Fun children each summer (new CD: Silly 'N Spooky: Tales of Kids in Hawaii). Jeff directs and hosts the TALK STORY FESTIVAL (Hawaii's largest and oldest storytelling celebration- 3 FREE nights each October).

Jeff hosts/produces TALK STORY RADIO (1/2 hour weekly storytelling show featuring the tales & tellers of Hawaii & the Pacific Rim)(KIPO 89.3FM Mon 5:30, KTUH 90.3 FM Thurs 7pm). Born on Halloween, he specializes in true supernatural tales/ oral histories of Hawaii (3 Haunted Hawaii CDs).

Jeff Gere is a master storyteller. He blends talents as painter, puppeteer, mime, teacher, and director into a performance style, which has electrified audiences of every age throughout Hawaii and the mainland for two decades. Jeff's physical energy, wide range of voices, morphing elastic face and clear characterizations make his performances unforgettable events. Jeff becomes his stories!

Gere earned a BA in Painting and Art History, spending his junior year in Florence, Italy, and an MA in Inter-relating the Arts (a multi-disciplinary program requiring 4 to 6 original shows a week for 2 years). He returned to Italy in 1979 to caretake a 600-year-old Tuscan villa. He created, produced, directed and acted in Dream Theatre, exploring social issues through experimental puppet, mask and mime pieces. This troupe of seven toured Italy extensively and toured to 13 German cities (6/82).

In 1982, Gere came to Hawaii to study Asian Mask Theatre. He's since established himself as one of its most popular storytellers and puppeteers. He's taught and performed in literally every venue conceivable (all Hawaii's museums, most private & public schools, all ages, audience sizes, & income levels; bars, prisons, homeless shelters, conferences, conventions, beaches, graveyards, retreat & community centers, & state-wide solo and group tours, many of which he produced).

In 1987, Gere was hired as the Drama Specialist, Parks Department, City & County of Honolulu. In 1989, he created the Talk Story Festival, Hawaii's largest & oldest storytelling celebration. It attracts some 3,000 listeners to its broad, diverse offering of local talent and receives excellent publicity. He founded a non-profit and found corporate sponsorship (Bank of Hawaii, Aloha Airlines, LavaNet).

His original programs, often commissioned, include The Arabian Nights (2 musicians & bellydancer; 10 tales over 18 months (03-04) & Hong Kong 6/05), Yo Pharaoh ( 2 musicians & dancer), and Van Gogh's Ghost. He performed in the Vancouver Story Fest. (Arabian Nights 11/04), Turkey (Karagoz Shadow Puppet Fest. 11/04) Thailand Story-In-English Camps (4/03) for kids and teachers. He's taught at the National Storytelling Conferences ('04, '99, '93). Jeff was featured at the Boulder City Folk Festival (9/02 and 03), the Flying Leap Storytelling Festival (Calif. 99), and the National Invitational Storytelling Championship (Idaho 97). In '92 he toured American Samoa, Guam and Saipan and represented Hawaii at the Universal Expo in Sevilla, Spain. He toured the West Coast annually (93-02). He created, directed, & performed "Art Off The Wall", a collaborative interdisciplinary performance series interpreting art exhibits at Honolulu's Contemporary Museum (97-00, funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation) and its Teacher Training Course (00- 04, Maui Arts & Culture Center). Gere also developed a "Tell Well" Storytelling System (Univ. Hawaii 90-97).

Jeff has produced 4 CDs, Haunted Hawaii vols. 1, 2, & 3, retelling true supernatural tales, and Rank Devil Mountain, folk tales of fire with 3 musicians. His children's video of original stories, Silly 'N Spooky, won Honors from the National Parent's Choice Awards (96). He had 2 stories appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul of Hawaii (03). He's in Storytellers: a Biographical Directory of 120 English-Speaking Tellers Worldwide (98). New York Cablevision leased 5 spooky stories for their subscription WEB series (98). He's done extensive radio & TV projects in every capacity, including co-producing and performing in "The Storytellers" series (KITV 4, ABC affiliate, 95-97). He's featured in the Places of Mystery Series (Travel Channel, 8/00) and Haunted History Series (History Channel, 10/00). He was awarded Outstanding TV Performance Arts Series (00) on Olelo Community TV, where he's created monthly programming since '90. He starts Talk Story Radio in spring, '05 (Hawaii Public Radio).
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