Friday, February 24, 2012

Enrichment and Training Opportunity

Coming up March 31st, I am hosting a conference here at HIMB. Should be an excellent chance to expand or hone your interpretation skills! Check out the information below. This is open to all volunteers, docents and educators.



Telling Stories in Interpretation and Education

OCEANIA Marine Educators conference in cooperation with
the Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association for Interpretation.

Where: The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at Moku o Loe (Coconut Island),
            46-007 Lilipuna Rd., Kāneohe, HI 96744 (parking instructions will be sent with your registration confirmation)
When:  8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Saturday, March 31st
Cost:    $20/ person (includes lunch)
Registration limit: 40 participants
Why:    Hone your interpretive skills and hear some very entertaining speakers while learning the technical side of story telling, outdoor interpretation and how to integrate science, culture and nature on a rarely visited isle.
For:      Docents, Volunteers, Interpreters, Teachers, Informal Educators, Story Tellers

National Marine Educators Association

Telling Stories in
and Education

OCEANIA Marine Educators Conference in cooperation with the National Association for Interpretation.

Schedule, Saturday, March 31th, 2012
8:30 am        Shuttle boats start, Sign in
9:00 am        Opening speakers: Gail Richard – Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association of Interpretation and Mark Heckman - Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
9:15 am        Mo‘olelo of He‘eia and other Ahupua‘a Around Kāne‘ohe Bay: Mahealani Cypher - Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club
10:00 am      Break
10:15 am      Applying the Basics - Tell Well: Jeff Gere, Master Story Teller
11:30 am      Lunch
12:00 am      Linking Science, the Sea and Hawaiian Stories for Teachers: Terry Reveira, University of Hawai‘i - Hilo
12:45 pm      Stories of History, Science and More - The Island Tour: Mark Heckman and staff
2:45 pm        Shorts and Open session (share a story or strategy)
3:15 pm        Wrap Up
3:30 pm        Walk to boats/ Transport

Opening Speakers:
Welcome from the Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association of Interpretation,” Gail Richard, Certified Interpretative Trainer, Pacific Island Chapter of the National Association of Interpretation, Multicultural /multilingual Communication.
A Few Words on the Power of Words,” Mark Heckman, Outreach Education Specialist, Hawai
i Institute of Marine Biology/ UH-Manoa.
Session 1: Moolelo of Heeia and other Ahupuaa Around Kāne‘ohe Bay
Mahealani Cypher sets the foundation for us, sharing traditional knowledge of Moku o Lo‘e, He‘eia and Kāne‘ohe.

Ms. Cypher is president of the O‘ahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, immediate past president of the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, vice president of Kāko‘o
‘Oiwi, secretary and board member of the Ko‘olau Foundation, a member of the board of directors of Hawai‘i Maoli, and vice chair of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. She has spent most of her life researching ancient Hawaiian historic sites and learning the mo‘olelo of these sites from kupuna, historians, archaeologists and other community members.

Session 2: Applying the Basics: Tell Well
Jeff Gere lays out the basics on storytelling, activating the imagination, emotion, structure & delivery. Short tales illustrate points, with examples of work done with Mission Museum, Honolulu Academy Art, and writing with 90 year old Japanese local on Picture Bride biographies. This short session will entertain, provoke, and contribute to your own work. We'll go deeper next time!

Jeff is the Drama Specialist for Honolulu's Parks Department, produces/hosts the Talk Story Festival, Hawaii's largest and oldest storytelling celebration (23 years now), and comes to us right after a storytelling trip to New York, Washington DC & Florida. He's produced 10 CDs,2 DVDs, and will be a featured storyteller in the upcoming Honolulu theater for Youth season (local supernatural tales in October).

Make your own sandwiches at the Coconut Island Beach House

Session 3: Linking Science, the Sea and Hawaiian Stories for Teachers
This session will review of some of the current curriculum our group is working on at UH-Hilo linking science (geology) and the marine environment to cultural Hawaiian stories.

Terry is an Education Specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in the Social Sciences Division, coordinating teacher education programs including a Master of Education degree. She previously worked for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as well as being as the Chief of Interpretation at Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park.

Session 4: Island Tour
Moku o Lo‘e is the home to the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. The island has a long and varied history - luau site for Queen Emma, fantasy playground for a 1930's millionaire, zoo with an elephant and chimpanzees dressed in tuxedos, strafed during Pearl Harbor, POW camp, hotel, film site, and today – cutting edge research station pushing forth the known boundaries of the marine universe. We will cover some important basics of teaching and interpretation in the out of doors using the island history and current research.

Mark Heckman is the Informal Education Specialist at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. Past Education Director at the Waikiki Aquarium, Mark has 30 years of background in outdoor education, science interpretation and training. Check out our blog, Science Island (

Session 4: Shorts and Open Session
The collective knowledge of the many - have a great 3 minute story? Let us know. We will use this final time to share stories and strategies. 

Registration Form
Name: ________________________________________________
Affiliation/ Organization: __________________________________________
Email:_________________________________ Phone: _______________________________
Included Payment: _____________ Please make checks out to: RCUH Acc #002454

                     P.O. Box 1346
                     KaneoheHI 96744

Questions? contact: Mark Heckman or Sal Pagliaro
                     Office: 808-235-9302, Fax: 808-235-9300
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