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.

Apply To Be a Storyteller for Wailau's Spring 2022 Episode

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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!

Learn more and apply!

  • 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?

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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.

Find out more and apply!

Fall 2021 Wailau Theme: Getting from Point A to Point B

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Watch the latest episode of Wailau that premiered in November 2021!

This fall episode features these brave and engaging storytellers:

And, check out the Wailau archives to see earlier episodes.

Past Wailau Events

Types of Storytellers

UH faculty member

UH staff member

UH student

UH alumnus

Community member

Please contact Kathleen Baumgardner with questions about speaking, volunteering or sponsoring Wailau.