Native Stories offers listeners a platform to share living stories in indigenous communities to many people around the world. Authenticity, integrity and quality of content, as well as the protection of sacred content, is of utmost importance. Native Stories employs a rigorous and strict vetting process to ensure all content upholds these standards and Kanaka Maoli values of ‘Imi Na‘auao, Ho‘omau, Mālama, Nānā i ke Kumu, and ‘Ike Pono. The people you hear are people that are descendants of the places they speak of. History is either passed down orally through generations (here and not here) or read from historical documents. We understand that some books on history are told through a specific (western perspective) lens, therefore, we look for primary resources. Also, some stories are an interpretation of what was read, and because that writer is no longer here, we are not able to guarantee accuracy. The purpose of Native Stories is to sustain and transform our own narrative. We do this because we want to share stories, and although this is a risk, we do not want to stop the flow of storytelling from our own people. Although we do our best to honor the past in as true a manner as we can, we make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any story shared on Native Stories.
We do not share “sacred” stories. This is not a place that will take you to a hidden mystery. We only read and share anything that is written or stories that have been passed down orally from those that received that story and have permission to share. These stories are priceless and something to respect.
Follow our step by step instructions if you want to learn how to interview, record, edit, and publish a story. You will need a good microphone, a quiet area, and free software.
Our trained staff can record in our studio in Waimanalo, fly to other locations on site, or record online. We can prep for an interview, record and complete the publishing of your story within a few weeks. Cost starts at $200, but depends on the amount of services being provided.
Depends. It could be 30 minutes to 2 hours. We will discuss an outline days before the interview, so any modifications can be made at that time. A typical interview takes 15-30 minutes to setup equipment depending on where we are recording, 30-45minutes of actual interview time, and another 15minutes to say goodbye.
The Story Idea form to schedule a story recording will request Submitters name, person to be recorded, Point of Contact (email address and phone number), story name, short description of topic, signed Media Release form and preferred date and time to record/interview. The form to Upload Information will request Story Title, Storyteller Name, Interviewer Name, Date Recorded, Story Description, Language, audio mp3 file info, image, photo credit, favorite quote during interview, Location (latitude, longitude), Sponsor name, social media hashtags and name, Resources, and Translator.
The types of stories range from stories of gods and goddesses (i.e. Nanaue the Shark Man) individual experiences on mauna kea (i.e. Aliʻi Paul K. Neves on King Kamehameha Royal Order 1), history of cultural practices (i.e. History of Hoe Wa’a and Na Wahine o Ke Kai), native languages (i.e. Cree Language Revival), monarchy lives (i.e. Queen Liliʻuokalani at Washington Place), native people living in the diaspora (i.e. Mana Wahine and Lua). The common thread throughout these stories is indigenous people and their connection to their land, native culture, and love for their people. We are looking for people with a connection to the story, such as:
It is important that we are always trying to do the right thing. If for some reason a project becomes difficult, hazardous or debatable, it should be respectfully retired, awaiting the right time, place, or person to continue with the project.
Decide if the story is pono, respectful, and honest.
At the start of each day of recording, or recording session perform an opening circle:
At the end of each session perform a closing circle: