Award-winning storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung presents an evening of bone-chilling tales from Hawaii, told at the Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. as part of the Walters’ Creative Connections Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public, and is recommended for adults, teens, or older children who enjoy scary stories.
Takiyama-Chung says, “Hawaii is a mystical place where the veil between the worlds is very thin. Ancient Hawaiian Gods and supernatural beings still have power and make themselves known. Each wave of immigrants have brought with them their own spiritual beliefs, guardians, and monsters. They too have found a home in the Islands.”
Takiyama-Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This, combined with his Japanese and Korean roots, gives him a unique perspective to tell cultural tales and personal stories with a deep sense of reverence and authenticity. He will explore some of these stories at the Walters, beginning with the odd and unusual and working his way up to the truly frightening, ratcheting up the terror with each progressive story.
“Stories allow us to safely explore those dark corners of ourselves where we are too afraid to look,” says Takiyama-Chung. “Identifying ourselves with characters in a story and being there with them through their trials makes it possible for us to safely re-experience our own hurts and wounds and see them as they truly are. Stories provide us with the opportunity to re-evaluate assumptions we made about life. In this way, stories can help us begin to heal and become all of who we truly are.”
This program is part of the Creative Connections Speaker Series at the Walters, a series of talks and performances by members of the creative community. Past events have included storytelling, artist’s talks, lectures, literary readings, discussions and more. These free events take place throughout the year and invite members of the community to spark their creativity and curiosity as they make new creative connections.
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