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.
Travel back to the 1930s to the area around Waipahu town and Pearl Harbor, with true stories from the Plantation Days. Years ago, Alton was lucky enough to interview Charles Ishikawa, a retired principal and schoolteacher, who grewup in a plantation camp near Waipahu. Hear his stories from his “hanabata days,” as a rascal growing up in the yearsjust before WWII.