The Sobbing Spirit of Punahou Street\
Local boy, Alton Takiyama-Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. He tells stories of the Plantation Days, the Japanese-American experience of WWII, Asian folktales, Hawaiian legends, and of course, ghost stories. He has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festivals, and at international storytelling festivals in the Cayman Islands, Singapore, Vietnam, India, and Thailand. \
Okiku and the Nine Plates\
Since the age of 13, Maui girl Kathy Collins has performed as a storyteller, stage and film actress, radio and television personality, stand-up comic, emcee, and dancer. She is also a newspaper columnist (The Maui News) and freelance writer. With her pidgin-speaking alter ego, “Tita”, she has “talked story” across the state and the mainland, from the Hawaii Book & Music Festival to the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.\
Jeff was the drama specialist for the City & County of Honolulu Parks Department, where he created and produced for 26 years the Talk Story Festival and a storytelling television and radio series. He has toured Hawaii, the mainland and internationally since retiring in 2014, until the virus hit this year. He has been part of every Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival and now he gardens and talks to his computer screen.\
The Fall International Storyteller Series is presented in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival.