Storytelling series Wailau to be performed live on stage at the Library Lanai, March 31

With a theme of “Ripples,” student hosts are Tori Matsumoto and Dane Dupre, and topic expert Kauanoe Kamanā will welcome five brave storytellers to the stage.

Graphic design with drop in pond making ripples and the words: Wailau Sprin 2023 RIPPLES.


The University of Hawaii at Hilo presents the spring 2023 Wailau storytelling event on Friday, March 31, at 4:00 p.m., on stage at the Mookini Library’s lanai.

The storytelling series, called Wailau, began during the pandemic, during which each of the first four episodes were prerecorded on video before being released to the public. Beginning last semester going forward, the series is now performed live in front of an audience.

The storytellers, who come from the university and island communities, explore a different theme on each episode such as “A Just World” and “Misunderstandings,” and share a personal anecdote on the theme. The upcoming episode’s theme is “Ripples.”

Dane Dupre pictured
Dane Dupre
Tori Matsumoto pictured
Tori Matsumoto

Student hosts are Tori Matsumoto and Dane Dupre, and topic expert Kauanoe Kamanā, will welcome five brave storytellers to the stage:

    • Ioane Boshard, “Noticing the Beauty in the Rain”
    • Rachel Edwards, “Listen to the Ripples”
    • Salomé Lagman, “The Ripples of Womanhood”
    • Kimberly Russell, “Arbor Echoes”
    • Desiree Moana Cruz, “Gipsy’s Last Adventure”

Light refreshments will be served.


Update: Now online