Hawaii StoryCorps Project

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.