“Home” means different things to different people.

Six speakers explored the theme when Civil Beat hosted its first Hawaii Storytellers event of the year on Feb. 23 before a full house at Kumu Kahua Theatre.

Hawaii Storytellers puts community voices at center stage sharing true, first-person narratives in front of live audiences.

This installment featured:

• Doc Rock on what it was like to grow up in different cities and how that required him to change and adapt like a chameleon.

• Stan Fichtman on the harsh realities of living in Hawaii, but how he and his wife feel blessed to have built a life in the islands.

• Nick Kawakami on how our expectations of home evolve through different stages of our lives.

• Roxy Ortiz describing “home” as a place in one’s imagination.

• Alani Apio challenging the audience to think about our homeless community and how we treat others.

• T.J. Joseph on finding and building her dream home and the process of creating space for her family.

Our next Hawaii Storytellers event will be Friday, May 4, at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park. Please mark your calendars for this follow-up event as we explore people’s relationships with water.

If you know of someone who would be a fitting speaker or would like to participate yourself, please email us at membership@civilbeat.org. Participating as a speaker is a great opportunity to share your story with the community and receive professional storytelling coaching.

Meanwhile, enjoy what our most recent storytellers had to say about “home”:

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