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Once upon a time? It’s this weekend!

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    Slam poet Kealoha will be part of Talk Story Camp 2011.
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Turn off the tube, power down your laptop and ditch your other digital devices for some old-fashioned family fun at Talk Story Camp 2011 featuring top storytellers from Hawaii and the mainland.

The three-day camp at Kualoa Park kicks off today with registration and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Camp fees, which include all activities and six meals, are $75 per adult, $130 per couple, and $20 to $50 for kids, with discounts after the first child. Cheaper day rates, with or without meals, are available.

The stellar lineup of storytellers includes camp organizer Jeff Gere; former Kalaupapa resident Makia Malo; slam poet Kealoha; "Tita" Kathy Collins of Maui; Ilima Cabato Dela Cruz, who will discuss hula as storytelling; Tongan epic storyteller Emil Wolfgramm; Lyn Ford, a nationally prominent African- American teller from Ohio; and Aron Shorty and Gene Tagaban, native Tlingit storytellers who will share tales from the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Nightly campfires will allow participants to swap tales — and spooky stories.

Gere promises there will also be time for swimming, canoe paddling, nature walks and other activities. Campers should bring a tent, bedding, beach chairs, towels and eating utensils and plates. The camp has group bathrooms and showers.

For registration and other information, visit www.talkstorycamp.com.

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