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.