Dietrich Varez print (photo from the University of Hawaii at Hilo's Performing Arts Center website)

Dietrich Varez print (photo from the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Performing Arts Center website)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths, featuring storytellers, Alton Chung and Jackie Pualani Johnson on Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Ancient Hawaiian Myths

Storyteller Jackie Pulani Johnson weaves the epic tale of Pele and Hiʻiaka into a stirring journey of moving images and lilting voices.

The words and powerful visuals are taken from Volcano artist Dietrich Varez in a retelling of the ancient story of Pele and Hiʻiaka: A Tale of Two Sisters. Jealousy and mistrust surface as Hiʻiaka moves about the islands, encountering foes and testing allegiances. Learn about the island of Hawaiʻi and how it encircled Pele and Hiʻiaka, swirling them forward to a final resolution filled with unexpected forgiveness and tenderness.

Obake Stories

Alton Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions and magic of the Hawaiian Islands. He breathes life into traditional Asian folktales with sensitivity and deep connection.

When telling stories, Alton is in constant motion and his hands and body never stay still as he flows from story to story. He embodies each character with their own voice, unique body movements, animated facial expressions and graceful gestures. His stories become alive, creating a full and rich experience—a feast for the eyes and ears.

Ticket Information

To purchase tickets to see Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths, call (808) 974-7310, order online from the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office, Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Ticket prices are $7 for children 17 and under and UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College students with valid ID; $10 for seniors 55 and over and UH faculty, staff and alumni and $15 for general public.

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