In the Hawaiian Islands Today
The desire to relearn and reintegrate native ways and knowledge into everyday life is at a peak. In many ways, it’s also more challenging than it’s ever been. Finding reliable, authentic sources and content amongst the clutter of colonized narratives, outside influence and scattered cultural records is a critical step on the path to reinstill a way of life that has been constrained. Capturing authentic content, cataloging it, and creating a platform or place to make it easily accessible and actively used are further steps on the journey.
Native Stories exists to take this journey. To reset the narrative for visitors, locals and natives, through spreading the voices and stories of those of and connected to the land. By creating a resource for pilina – connection – to place, Native Stories aims to activate new perspectives that inspire individuals to embrace their kuleana – responsibility – for the land.
Native Stories is a non-profit audio content platform and production house focused on providing access to authentic stories and experiences – of its people, place, perspective, history and culture – in service to those that came before us and the understanding of life that should be passed down through generations and around the world. It provides access to outside and in-house produced content through a mobile app and website.
We invite all storytellers, cultural practitioners, historians to share their indigenous ʻike (knowledge) to enrich Lāhui.
The mobile app is available now – but we have not tested it on a large group of people, so if you find bugs, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The map provides place based stories, the podcasts share 1 hour episodes on the lives of native people, and the walking tour guides you through history in areas with visual fragments of the past.