Friday, March 4, 2011

Kona Historical Society to Offer Free Workshop on Recording Oral Histories

Do you know of some family stories that you’d like to preserve for future generations? Do you have a relative with a story to tell? Do you have a story to tell? Warren Nishimoto from the UH Manoa Center for Oral History and coauthor of the book Talking Hawaii’s Story will be presenting a workshop in partnership with the Kona Historical Society on how to record oral histories. The workshop is free and will be held on Thursday, March 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm at Christ Church Community Center, Kealakekua.

This will be a 4 hour workshop geared toward the community member with no previous training and is a step-by-step, “hands-on” instruction for the layman who wishes to document their community’s or organization’s stories or family members’ life experiences. Bring a bag lunch and an optional recorder for practicing, everything else will be provided. The number of spaces is limited for this opportunity, so reserve yours soon by calling 808-323-3222 or emailing

Kona’s Oral History Readings, Book Signing & Membership Meeting

Kona Historical Society will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 24, 5:00 - 7:00PM at Christ Church Community Center, Kealakekua. After a short membership meeting, Warren Nishimoto from the UH-Manoa Center for Oral History will introduce readings of oral histories he and his co-editors compiled in their book, Talking Hawaii's Story: Oral Histories of an Island People.

Featured will be the oral histories of plantation worker/boxer Severo Dinson , farmer /entertainer Martina Kekuewa Fuentevilla, road worker/farmer John Santana, and Kona cowboy William "Willie" Thompson-- all of whom were interviewed about their lives in Kona by the Center for Oral History in 1980 and included in Talking Hawaii's Story. The readings will be done by Nyla Fujii-Babb, Wayland Quintero and William Ha`o.

This book will be available for purchase and signing, following the presentation. Refreshments will be served and potluck pūpū are always welcome. Not a member? No problem, come anyway, we'd love to meet you! For more info call us at 808-323-3222 or email at

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