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Date: Monday, April 1, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths Apr 13

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center’s final event of the season will be held on Saturday, April 13 with Obake Stories and Ancient Hawaiian Myths, told by Alton Chung and Jackie Pualani Johnson at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and magic of the Hawaiian Islands. “This combined with his Japanese and Korean roots gives him a unique perspective to tell cultural tales and personal stories with a deep sense of reverence and authenticity,” noted PAC Manager Lee Dombroski. “Alton breathes life into traditional Asian folktales with sensitivity and deep connection, and enjoys telling true stories of the Japanese-Americans during WWII. But his true passion is telling ghost stories.”

Storyteller Johnson weaves the epic tale of Pele and Hi`iaka into a stirring journey of moving images and lilting voices to recreate drama of devotion, revenge and love.

“The words and powerful visuals are taken from Volcano artist Dietrich Varez in his retelling of the ancient story of Pele and Hi`iaka ‘A Tale of Two Sisters,’ released by Hilo’s Petroglyph Press and graced with block prints befitting the striking confrontations between the passionate siblings,” Dombroski said.

Tickets are reserved seating and are $15 General, $10 Discount, $7 UH Student and Children 17 and under and are currently available at the PAC Box Office.

Parental discretion advised as some material may be too intense for children under age 11.


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