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Talk Story Festival 
This event honors the time-long tradition of storytelling and oral history.  Talk Story Festival is Hawai‘i’s oldest and largest storytelling celebration.
The 2019 event theme of He Lei Aloha (a lei of love) will focus on lei through oli, mele, hula and mo‘olelo. Lei is such a part of our lives in Hawai‘i. We make or buy lei to give to someone for any and all occasions. Every Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i!
The Lei Maker:
Lei making is an activity that any and all may participate in, regardless of age, abilities, or cultural identity.  As a lei maker progresses in the art of lei making, the lei maker learns the responsibilities surrounding lei making (mālama ka ‘āina - caring for the land; aloha - love, affection, compassion; kōkua - help, assistance; and lōkahi - unity and harmony).  The lei maker: learns how to pick lei materials without damaging or killing the plant, learns how much material to pick (don’t be wasteful), plants their own lei garden,  is creative in using what is available to them, values and perpetuates Hawai‘i's unique natural and cultural resources, and has a song in their heart and in their hands.
2019 Event Schedule:
5:00 p.m.
Mele Kāhea
Dean Harvest


Mele, Hula and lei-making
Nā Kūpuna O Ko‘olau
5:30 p.m.
Mo‘olelo Lei (15 min each)
Don Blanding (Tory Laitila)
A reading from his book Hula Moons, "May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i" chapter.
5:50 p.m.
Mo‘olelo Lei (15 min each)
Manakō Tanaka presents a story on lei
6:10 p.m.
Mo‘olelo Lei (15 min each)
Kamaka Pili presents a story on lei
6:30 p.m.
Mo‘olelo Lei (15 min each)
Kuahiwi Moniz presents a story on lei
6:50 p.m.
Mo‘olelo Lei, a panel of lei experts (1 hour)
Panel: Bill Char
Brian Choy
Kimo Alama Keaulana
Hanalei Ramirez
Bonnie Kaleikini Groendyke
8:00 p.m.
Aloha, Ā hui hou!

*click the picture of the flyer below for a printable PDF of the 2019 event*

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