Wailau is a series of themed storytelling events that build connections between members of our campus and wider community that go deeper than the roles we hold and honor our complex, fragile, fascinating and brave selves. Each event will explore a different theme and we seek to showcase five storytellers - a UH faculty member, UH staff member, UH student, UH alum, and a community member.
Apply To Be a Storyteller for Wailau's Spring 2022 Episode
The storyteller application is now open!
Theme: Tales of Misunderstanding
We've all experienced misunderstanding - perhaps you've been misunderstood or you've completely misunderstood a situation or person. It may have resulted in mayhem, sadness, or hilarity. Tell the world your tale of misunderstanding at Wailau!
- Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 11, 2022
- Filming at Performing Arts Center: March 31-April 6
- Online event premiere: Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 2:00pm
Students: Interested in Becoming a Future Wailau Host?
Do you have a gift for gab?
UH Hilo is seeking dynamic student hosts for the Wailau storytelling series! Hosts will:
- be featured in video segments introducing the show, introducing and interviewing storytellers, interacting with topic experts, etc.
- help promote the show on social media
- participate in live video-streaming or text chats on video premiere dates.
Fall 2021 Wailau Theme: Getting from Point A to Point B
Watch the latest episode of Wailau that premiered in November 2021!
This fall episode features these brave and engaging storytellers:
- Bonnie Irwin, "Getting Lost"
- Catherine Kalama Becker, "Lessons from The Mother Road"
- Jon Sakurai-Horita, "The Journey is the Reward"
- Nikki Gour, "Embracing Opportunity"
- Tori Matsumoto, "Puzzle Pieces"
And, check out the Wailau archives to see earlier episodes.
Past Wailau Events
- February 2021 Wailau Theme: The Importance of Communication in Love
- April 2021 Wailau Theme: A Just World
- Fall 2021 Wailau Theme: Getting From Point A to Point B
Types of Storytellers
UH faculty member
UH staff member
Please contact Kathleen Baumgardner with questions about speaking, volunteering or sponsoring Wailau.