Saturday, March 5, 2011

‘TALK STORY’ CAMP Kualoa Park Camp, O‘ahu July 15- 17, 2011


The Alliance for Culture & Arts, host for the 2009 Talk Story Conference in Waikiki, presents TALK STORY CAMP 2011 in association with The City & County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Come soak up Hawaii’s stories, culture, ocean, and peoples at the private Park’s Department Kualoa Camp site.

KUALOA CAMP will be the setting for this unique story ‘get-away’, located RIGHT ON the beach of Kaneohe Bay, Windward Oahu. Kualoa Camp offers continual swimming, a spectacular views of the entire bay, the dramatic cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range behind, and 'Chinaman's Hat’, a small island just off the coast. Large army tents will shelter participants from the occasional rain squalls which wash these magnificent cliffs rising just behind the camp area. (

AUDIENCE: The Camp intends to collect local Oahu families and mainland storytelling enthusiasts, for story mixing, informing, teaching, and sharing with each other...’talking story’! Slippers, sun-hat, swimwear & shorts are the required dress code.

PROGRAM: The Talk Story Camp will feature three workshop strands: one by local tellers, one by national 'guests’ (workshops and performances), and a strand for tales and activities especially for kids. Workshops will run two hours in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. This allows both focused sessions and unstructured time to swim, walk, eat, talk, relax and share. This is a ‘camp’, not a ‘conference’- programming won’t fill every minute. Hula will definitely be involved.

Friday evening 7/15: settle in, opening & swaps. Saturday 7/16: Workshops (2 hrs.) morning, afternoon & evening, an evening ‘concert’ & late night ‘spooky’ swap session.

Sunday 7/17: Workshops (2 hrs.) in morning & afternoon, closing). Story Swaps through evening for those able to remain at Camp.

Oahu Tellers Committed: Drama Educator Dan Kelin II, slam poet Kealoha, and Children’s Librarian Brenda Freitas-Obregon and bubble artist Karen Force already for kids; Tongan Emil Wolfgramm will imu (traditional earth oven) the Saturday night dinner, and tell tales of the food prepared. DPR’s Drama Specialist & storyteller, Jeff Gere is producing and hosting the Camp.

Mainland Tellers Committed Lyn Ford (Ohio) gave her husband an airplane ticket to Hawaii to join this event.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS are being accepted

Now through April 1, 2011 (see below).

BEDDING & MEALS: The camp's kitchen will provide 6 fixed menu meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch with an 'imu' (traditional hot stones/ground oven) cooking Saturday's dinner. Kualoa Camp has canoes, sailboats, and lifeguard. Some ‘Family Tents’ provided (to share), cots are being priced. Bring light bedding and a tent (you won't need much) if you can or ask for our help. Some ‘bunk bed dormitories’ (cheap) are in the area. Prepare for a 'camp', not a 'hotel'. Voice your concerns. There are B&B rentals in the for those who prefer such accommodations. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate special needs and to connect guests to car-pool and room-sharing.


COSTS: TBA (should be very affordable compared to other Storytelling Conferences due to the low cost of the camp and a ‘not for-profit’ kitchen staff).


Wednesday 7/13- arrive & get settled.

Thursday 7/14- Polynesian Culture Center, poi factory dinner nearby in Waihole,

Friday 7/15- Summer Fun Kids at Story Camp (a chance to tell stories to Oahu kids)

Alternative: hike (4.5 miles, fairly easy) to Sacred Falls

Saturday 7/16 & Sunday 7/17- Story Camp

Monday 7/18- AM: Reppun kalo/taro farm & afternoon tour of North Shore, Waimea Valley, & Spooky Waialua (Lopaka Kapanui).

Tuesday 7/19 Honolulu: Mission Houses, Iolani Palace, State Art Museum, Honolulu Ghosts (Lopaka Kapanui). Night in Waikiki.

Wednesday 7/20 Honolulu: Academy of Arts, Bishop Museum, Waterfall house swim.

Neighbor Island - ‘suggestions/ directives’ for story people/events will be provided.


send to Jeff Gere by April 1. Notice of coices by April 8

1. Contact Info (include for all presenters):Name, address, website, email.

2. Type of Session: what is it? Workshop, Storytelling, Story & Arts/crafts/ Game, Drama?

3. Length of Session: 1 hour or 2 hours?

4. Title of Session:

5. Target Audience: Kids (lower el, upper el, teens), Families, Storytellers (beginner, intermediate, &/or advanced)

6. Session description (upto 75 words, sell it!)

7. Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to...

8. Method (upto 400 words) How will you use the time? What will you do?

9. Technical needs? (Keep it simple. This is a Camp!)

To submit your Workshop Proposals (due April 1, notifications by April 8) please email proposals (and questions and concerns)to Camp Producer/Host/Storyteller Jeff Gere,


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