Join Manu Josiah and Leilehua Yuen this Saturday, October 25, for the Fifth Annual Spooky Stories at the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy presentation room for Malalo o ka Pō Lani, the monthly Hawaiian culture presentation.
Storytelling has been an important part of Hawaiian culture from the very beginning. Tales of ancestors and gods teach people how to live, and record the history of a culture which only learned about the written word less than 200 years ago.
Western stories are divided into two broad categories: Fiction and non-fiction – those stories which are not a retelling of verifiable fact, and those which are.
Hawaiian stories also can be divided into two broad categories: Mo`olelo and ka`ao. Mo`olelo are stories told to teach, to inform, to preserve history and heritage. Ka`ao are stories told to entertain. Either may be fiction or non-fiction. It is the purpose in the telling that makes the distinction.
Join Manu Josiah and myself as we share spooky mo`olelo, ka`ao, chant, music, and hula.
This year, we’ve added something special. We don’t want people holding lighters up during the talk, but if you have a smart phone, you can hold up a tiki torch! Go to this link to find the torch. But during the program, please turn off the sound!
After the presentation, join the star party on the lanai of the Ellison Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, and enjoy the beauty of the stars from one of the world’s premier sites for astronomy.
Those who come to the Maunakea Culture Night talks should wear layers, including a nice warm jacket. Socks and shoes are recommended, and gloves are recommended. Bring a bottle of water to drink, and a flashlight. Be polite to those who are stargazing and cover the light with a red lens or filter. Tissues for those whose noses run in cold weather are good, as well. Please read this link for more safety information.
For those unfamiliar with the island, there are no streetlights on the road up the mountain. We must preserve our beautiful dark skies! And, Mauna Kea sticks her head up above the clouds, which means you will be driving through them, so plan for at least an hour of travel time from Hilo. Please read this link for driving information.
As was demonstrated last week, Hawai`i is still in hurricane season, 1 June through 30 November, as everyone here should now know! Weather can still be quite changeable, especially on the Hilo/Hāmākua uplands, so if you com up for the program, be prepared!
For more information on the Malalo i ka Pō Lani culture night programs at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, contact the Mauna Kea Visitor’s Information Station. Phone: (808) 961-2180 Fax: (808) 969-4892. You can also visit us on FaceBook at our page, Ma Lalo o ka Pō Lani.