Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths

Told by Alton Takiyama-Chung & Jackie Pualani Johnson

A 2012-13 Season Event

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7:30pm

Alton Takiyama-ChungObake Stories

Alton Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This combined with his Japanese and Korean roots, gives him a unique perspective to tell cultural tales and personal stories with a deep sense of reverence and authenticity. Alton breathes life into traditional Asian folktales with sensitivity and deep connection, and enjoys telling true stories of the Japanese-Americans during WWII, but his true passion is telling ghost stories.

When telling stories, Alton is in constant motion. His hands and body never stay still as he flows from story to story, embodying each character with their own voice, unique body movements, animated facial expressions, and graceful gestures. He becomes the characters in his stories and effortlessly morphing from one to another in seamlessly morphing expression, emotion, and substance. He breathes life into any tale he tells making them come alive and dance, creating a full and rich experience--a feast for the eyes and ears.

Ancient Hawaiian Myths

The seas were calm during the crossing of the ʻAlenuihāhā channel to Maui. Naiʻa the porpoise, and kōhola, the whale, accompanied the canoe and made occasional appearances on the surface… Storyteller Jackie Pualani Johnson weaves the epic tale of Pele and Hiʻiaka into a stirring journey of moving images and lilting voices to recreate this drama of devotion, revenge, and love. The words and powerful visuals, are taken from Volcano artist Dietrich Varez in his retelling of the ancient story of Pele and Hiʻiaka: A Tale of Two Sisters, released by Hilo’s Petroglyph Press and graced with block prints befitting the striking confrontations between the passionate siblings. Jackie Pualani Johnson……Hiʻiaka was driven to exterminate the moʻo wherever she could find them… Jealously and mistrust surface as Hi’iaka moves about the islands, encountering foes and testing allegiances …..….Hiʻiaka was heartbroken, and the seeds of revenge began to sprout in her soul and fester in her heart….. The significance of the story is tangible, as we sit upon the very island that encircled Pele and Hiʻiaka, swirling them forward to a final resolution, one filled with unexpected forgiveness….. and tenderness.

To purchase tickets to see Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, follow our purchase tickets link to the right.

  • $15 General
  • $10 Discount
  • $7 Children 17 & under & UH Students