Hawaii StoryCorps Project

Monday, June 25 2012

StoryCorps is a national oral history project, partnered with the Library of Congress in order to build an archive of the stories of everyday people in America. Last year Hawaii Public Radio was proud to host the first Hawaii visit and recording residency of StoryCorps.

Over the course of 5 weeks in May-June 2011, 164 Hawaii interviews were collected on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island and, with the permission of the participants, archived and preserved in the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project was made possible in part through grant support from the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities. Additional support came from ABC Stores.

Hawaii Public Radio has produced a cross-section of the Hawaii stories for local broadcast. Tune-in to The Conversation (HPR-2) on Tuesdays beginning July 3rd and to Morning Edition (HPR-1) on Mondays beginning July 9th.

Our grateful thanks to these community partners who provided invaluable guidance, hands-on help and support with both our community meetings and recording venues:

(Oahu) Craig Howes, Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai’i; Warren & Michi Nishimoto, Center for Oral History, University of Hawai’i; Elizabeth Nocek, Mary Ann Lentz & Tom Woods, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives.

(Maui) HPR Board Member Maizie Sanford; Susie Thieman, MEO Family Center in Wailuku.  

(Kauai) Carol Yotsuda, Garden Island Arts Council and Anthony C Kilbert, Kauai Community College

(Hawaii Island) HPR Board Member Georgine Busch; the Lovell Family Limited Partnership and the Office of Mayor Billy Kanoi, County of Hawaii. 

The Hawaii StoryCorps series was produced for local broadcast by HPR’s Aileen Humphreys, Gwen Palagi and Jason Taglianetti.


Tuesday, November 27 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. On Maui, Philip and Christine Sabado tell the story of how they met in an art class.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, November 20 2012

AAt StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Mike Lyons worked for the Bank of Hawaii for over 40 years and was well known for his dedicated service to his community. In Wailuku on Maui, siblings Kristina Lyons Lambert and Anders (Ah-ness) Frank Lyons reminisce about funny childhood stories, both theirs and their father’s.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, November 13 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. In Honolulu, Brooke Wilson interviews her Grandmother, Janet Tanaka about her memories of December 7th, 1941.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, November 6 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. In Honolulu, Earl Kawa`a tells friend Dean Wilhelm, a story about his family's fishing experience.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, October 30 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In Honolulu, Brooke Lee Hedemark talks with her friend Sarah Fagents about the day Brooke lost her partner Ed.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, October 23 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In Kailua Kona, Norman Sakata tells his friend Laura Aquino about his oldest brother's strong determination and how it led him to both silver and gold.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, October 16 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Here Gordon Mark talks with his friend and former student, Malcolm Lau, in Honolulu about his first ukulele

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, October 9 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Kintaro Yonkura was in and out of foster care from the age of 4 and struggled with substance abuse for more than half his life. Here, he talks with his friend and former caseworker, Jennifer Cilfone about her role in his recovery.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, October 2 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. On December 7th, 1941, Doris Nye was about one month away from her 12th birthday. Here, Doris tells her friend Matt Mattie about her memory of the attack on Pearl Harbor and what happened the next day that would change her familyís life forever

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, September 25 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In Honolulu, Samuel Cooke talks with Tom Woods about his ancestor, Amos Star Cooke and how he became a missionary in the Sandwich Isles.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, September 18 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In Honolulu, Gene Kaneshiro talks about his family's famous restaurant and how an equally famous event prevented it's grand opening.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, September 11 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Here, Kuhio Vogeler, who is Hawaiian, speaks with his wife Azeema, who is from Pakistan. They recall a significant moment in their developing relationship that took place at a Special Olympics Hawaii event.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, September 4 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In the 1940's, Japanese Americans living in california were sent to live in internment camps. Now living on the island of Kauai, Delano Kawahara tells his daughter about a boyhood memory from an internment camp.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, August 28 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. In Honolulu, Judy Rudnick and her partner Diane, talk about the hoops they've been through to legitimize thier relationship.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, August 21 2012

 

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones.  At the Mission Houses Historical Site and Archives in Honolulu, Nickie Hines tells her cousin, Trisha Kehaulani Watson, a story from her childhood about a very special car.

 

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, August 14 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In Wailuku, Hiroshi Arisumi talks about how the events of an unfortunate sunday morning led him to join the army.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, August 7 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. in Honolulu, Linda Ipsen tells her good friend Stuart Coleman about how she met and married one of Hawaii`i's Icons of surfing.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, July 31 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. In Kailua Kona, Anna Akaka tells her husband Danny, the story of how she got to see a spectacular volcanic eruption during her childhood in Hilo.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.



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Tuesday, July 24 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones.  In Honolulu, Moses Haia (Hi-yah)  talks to his friend, Carlos Andrade, about the process which led to him to discover what it means for him to be Hawaiian.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.

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Tuesday, July 17 2012


Keola Beamer (left) with friend Dennis LakeAt StoryCorps recording booths across the country ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones.  In Wailuku,  Keola Beamer tells a story from his childhood about the first time he heard Ki`hoalu, slack key guitar. 

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for Humanities.

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Tuesday, July 10 2012

Henry Miyamura (left) with friend Dave MasunagaAt StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives.  In Honolulu, Conductor, Henry Miyamura talks with friend and colleague David Masunaga, about how he came to play, the clarinet.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.

 

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Tuesday, July 3 2012

At StoryCorps recording booths across the country ordinary people share extraordinary stories with friends and loved ones. In Kailua-Kona, Roy Jardine and his wife, Dottie Mae, recount how they met and fell in love in the baggage area of Honolulu International Airport.

The Hawaii StoryCorps project is produced by Hawaii Public Radio with support from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities.

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