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Jeff Gere, Storyteller - Coming Events - Jeff's 70th Birthday Celebration -




(a dynamic, energetic, eclectic local storyteller) celebrate his 70th Birthday (40 in Hawaii) on Halloween?

(born Halloween ʻ52, to Hii ʻ82, with Parks ʻ87, marry ʻ08, retires ʻ15)

ANSWER: Jeff will do 13 Spooky Story Shows

some in homes, three service groups, a teen group, a festival,



Fri Oct. 14, 5-7pm (Hawaii) A Storytelling Workshop for Australia Storytelling Guild events page


This "movin' & groovin'," fast-paced participatory workshop will poke and prod, joke and cheer, coach and craft a dynamic (inter)active performance with you in the Zoom Room. Jeff's ‘call & response' version of ‘Bird with Hurt Wingʻ (Tongue-cut Sparrow) introduces this kinesthetic method to your screen. Then small groups explore short tales (in various ways) with time for coaching, comments & sharing- two hours will FLY! Learn aerobically in a physical, active, social, FUN, participatory style. Here's a JOYFUL session for ALL ages at EVERY level. Join this old dog teaching you new tricks! Rock the Zoom!


Two completely different public shows with completely different program will happen Fri Oct. 21 & Sat Oct. 22 from 7:30-9 at DAC (Downtown Art Center.) located at 1041 Nuuanu Ave, 2nd Floor (across from Hankʻs Bar)

$15 for each show.

FRIDAY OCT. 21, 7:30pm: WILD RIDES (FOLKTALES) Here are the hair-raising, bone jarring, wild ride archetypal out-of-control tales that knock socks off. Tales: Old Rink Rank; Jack & Evil Mountain Spirit; Beauty, Devil & Shepherd; 1st Nations: Scarred Prince. (a CD of some tales won a national award.)

SATURDAY OCT. 22, 7:30pm: HAUNTED HAWAII True Terrible Local Tales collected over 35 years. Tales: Old Mililani Graveyard, Have You Ever Seen a Ghost?, Testing God, Pele, Kahuna Ana Ana,..perhaps a visit to Samoa. Boo!

Both shows include musical effects by steel guitar wizard Charley Myers.

Limited seating, reservations suggested. Come, but not alone!


Sat Oct 22 KID DAY @ Hawaii Book & Music Festival

(time?)(a public, free, virtual show)

part of a series of Zoom talks & shows all through October

registration & website: TBA Contact: Roger at


Sat Oct. 29, with Alton Chung & Kathy Collins (Maui), & musician Charley Myers

public & free 5-6pm @ Manoa Library, Hybrid SCEP production

(Virtual & Live) for ages 8 & up. Live seating (no reservations) & virtual too.

(20 min. each) Jeff will do, "The Boy Who Wasnʻt Afraid (Secret Weapon)

Registration for Virtual Zoom show:

Here is the SCEP Main Events page


Sun Oct. 30 with steel guitar of Charley Myers

4-5:30 @ Haleiwa Farm, a benefit for Vital Living Center

This "Kid Boo & Shivers" show includes call & response, scream aloud,

and just enough tension in the shiver to be fun. These gentle chilling tales

often end with a giggle... but not all! Yes, there will be shadow puppets!!

Suggested donation $20/ family, but give what you can afford.

Reservation: contact (directions to follow)


Jeff is a visual artist, shadow puppeteer, and kinesthetic aerobic raconteur. Born on Halloween, Jeff is the retired 'Drama Specialist' for Honolulu's Parks Department (30 years!) where he created, produced the largest storytelling event in Hawaii (27 years), and spin-off story radio & TV series. Retired to start 2015, Jeff toured lots in Asia, Hawaii, & west coast (and once to Oz)) before covid hit. Heʻs produced & performed virtually since. Heʻs doing 13 (live) Spooky Shows in October for his 70th Birthday. See LOT of Jeff on YouTube,

RECENT NEWS: I did 37 shows in the Summer Fun Program for kids in Oahu Parks in July (33rd year.) In August, I did shows on the Big Island & Kauai, and started a ʻrealʻ credit Storytelling Class at UH Manoaʻs Theater Dept. (ongoing…) They have to tell Spooky Tales on Halloween in class. Life is FULL!


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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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