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Friday, March 16, 2012

Storytelling Workshop for Interpreters & Educators March 31

The Oceania Marine Educators Conference and the Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association for Interpretation are providing an opportunity to learn about how to use storytelling in natural and cultural history education and interpretation.

Where: The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology at Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island)
46-007 Lilipuna Rd., Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744

(parking instructions will be sent with registration confirmation)

When: Saturday, March 31st

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Cost: $20/person (includes lunch)
Registration limit: 40 participants

Why: Hone your interpretive skills and hear some very entertaining speakers while learning the technical side of story telling, outdoor interpretation and how to integrate science, culture and nature on a rarely visited isle.

For: Docents, Volunteers, Interpreters, Teachers, Informal Educators, Story Tellers

For more information contact: Mark Heckman or Sal Pagliaro

Office: 808-235-9302

Fax: 808-235-9300



Schedule, Saturday, March 31th, 2012

8:30 am Shuttle boats start, Sign in

9:00 am Opening speakers: Gail Richard – Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association of Interpretation and Mark Heckman - Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology

9:15 am Mo‘olelo of He‘eia and other Ahupua‘a Around Kāne‘ohe Bay: Mahealani Cypher - Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Applying the Basics - Tell Well: Jeff Gere, Master Story Teller

11:30 am Lunch

12:00 am Linking Science, the Sea and Hawaiian Stories for Teachers: Terry Reveira, University of Hawai‘i - Hilo

12:45 pm Stories of History, Science and More – The Island Tour: Mark Heckman and staff

2:45 pm Shorts and Open session (share a story or strategy)

3:15 pm Wrap Up

3:30 pm Walk to boats/ Transport


Opening Speakers:

“Welcome from the Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association of Interpretation,” Gail Richard, Certified Interpretative Trainer, Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association of Interpretation, Multicultural /multilingual Communication.

“A Few Words on the Power of Words,” Mark Heckman, Outreach Education Specialist, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology/ UH-Manoa.

Session 1: Mo‘olelo of He‘eia and other Ahupua‘a Around Kāne‘ohe Bay

Mahealani Cypher sets the foundation for us, sharing traditional knowledge of Moku o Lo‘e, He‘eia and Kāne‘ohe. Ms. Cypher is president of the O‘ahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, immediate past president of the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, vice president of Kāko‘o‘Oiwi, secretary and board member of the Ko‘olau Foundation, a member of the board of directors of Hawai‘i Maoli, and vice chair of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. She has spent most of her life researching ancient Hawaiian historic sites and learning the mo‘olelo of these sites from kupuna, historians, archaeologists and other community members.

Session 2: Applying the Basics: Tell Well

Jeff Gere lays out the basics on storytelling, activating the imagination, emotion, structure & delivery. Short tales illustrate points, with examples of work done with Mission Museum, Honolulu Academy Art, and writing with 90 year old Japanese local on Picture Bride biographies. This short session will entertain, provoke, and contribute to your own work. Jeff is the Drama Specialist for Honolulu's Parks Department, produces/hosts the Talk Story Festival, Hawaii's largest and oldest storytelling celebration (23 years now), and comes to us right after a storytelling trip to New York, Washington DC & Florida. He's produced 10 CDs,2 DVDs, and will be a featured storyteller in the upcoming Honolulu theater for Youth season (local supernatural tales in October).

Lunch: Make your own sandwiches at the Coconut Island Beach House

Session 3: Linking Science, the Sea and Hawaiian Stories for Teachers

This session will review of some of the current curriculum our group is working on at UH-Hilo linking science (geology) and the marine environment to cultural Hawaiian stories. Terry is an Education Specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in the Social Sciences Division, coordinating teacher education programs including a Master of Education degree. She previously worked for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as well as being as the Chief of Interpretation at Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park.

Session 4: Island Tour

Moku o Lo‘e is the home to the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. The island has a long and varied history - luau site for Queen Emma, fantasy playground for a 1930's millionaire, zoo with an elephant and chimpanzees dressed in tuxedos, strafed during Pearl Harbor, POW camp, hotel, film site, and today – cutting edge research station pushing forth the known boundaries of the marine universe. We will cover some important basics of teaching and interpretation in the out of doors using the island history and current research. Mark Heckman is the Informal Education Specialist at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. Past Education Director at the Waikiki Aquarium, Mark has 30 years of background in outdoor education, science interpretation and training. Check out our blog, Science Island (

Session 4: Shorts and Open Session

The collective knowledge of the many - have a great 3 minute story? Let us know. We will use this final time to share stories and strategies.

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