Wailau: Storytelling at UH Hilo


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.

Join us for Wailau LIVE This Spring

Spring 2023 theme: Ripples

Friday, March 31 on the UH Hilo Library Lānai water drop creating ripplesSmall actions can have great effect.

Meet the Wailau Hosts

Wailau Hosts - Tori Matsumodo and Dane Dupre

UH Hilo students play a major role in staging Wailau, from operating lights, sound and cameras, to participating as hosts and storytellers. A student committee determines Wailau themes, reviews story submissions and selects storytellers.

Mahalo to Tori and Dane, our student co-hosts, for their role in helping to build community and understanding through Wailau!

Tori Matsumoto is an undergraduate English major at UH Hilo. She loves cringy poetry, piano, improv, cute rings, and - most recently - the stars. She says, “Stars are everywhere, and not just the literal flaming orbs in the sky. Stars twinkle in our eyes, course through our veins, and glow in our hearts. It's our hope for the future, passion for our interests, and unconditional love for others that makes being alive so incredibly special.” She likes to think that storytelling helps us share these qualities with the world, building each other up and spreading this love into our own souls, too.

Dane Dupre is a sophomore performing arts major at UH Hilo with dreams of becoming a professional actor. He is passionate about acting, filming, and the theater/movie industry. He fell in love with acting in his freshman year of high school. Since then, he has been part of many acting opportunities, such as Scary Scenarios, Valentine Vignettes, "The Savior of My World" for Lā Makuahine, “Douglas” for Banyan, and "Eliot" for Wordsworth, the Musical. He hopes to fine-tune his acting skills, make it on the big screen, and become an inspiration. He says, “I want to leave my trail of footsteps on this world, in hopes that someone will find it, and continue the path.”

Past Wailau Events

Types of Storytellers

UH faculty member

UH staff member

UH student

UH alumnus

Community member

Please contact Justina Mattos with questions about speaking, volunteering or sponsoring Wailau.