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. He is also a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Storytelling Network, the national organization for US storytellers.
In Hawai‘i, we are lucky to have such a rich tradition of folktales and legends. Take a few legends of Pele, the Goddess of the Volcano, add in a shark tale or two, stir in an escapade of the ultimate trickster and demi-god, Maui, and we have the makings of a fun time. Sit back and enjoy these traditional tales and perhaps one or two “new” undiscovered favorites.