Waimea Valley to Host Evening Walks with Master Storyteller

Waimea Valley to Host Evening Walks with Master Storyteller

The fine folks behind Waimea Valley have been busy ramping up with events that show off the grandeur of O`ahu's lush North Shore interior. Frankly, there are so many events they have planned, we'll let you know of the most prominent (and upcoming), and let you dig around their comprehensive web site for the rest. But first up, "Whispering Walls of Waimea: nightly tours with master storyteller and Hawaiian historian-folklore legend, Lopaka Kapanui. The walks are held bi-monthly, and begin on January 30th. (Successive walks will be held March 20, May 22, July 24, Sept. 25 and Nov. 6, 2010.)

The "Whispering Walls" tour will include stories and legends of the High Priests who once lived in the Valley, the healing powers of the plant life that endures in Waimea, and the spirits that are rumored to frolic among the trees today. The walks will last approximately two hours, and will focus equally on the historical and spiritual side of Waimea Valley. Tours are limited to 50 participants, and reservations/payment is due 48 hours prior. Cost is $50 per person, $35 for children between 12 (the minimum age requirement) and 16.

Kapanui is a Hawaiian language instruction at various immersion pre-schools throughout the island, and has formal training in hula. He's also an independent film maker.

Waimea Valley is managed by a division of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). Its mission is: E ma-lama a e ho‘omau i na waiwai ka-naka, mo‘omeheu, a ku-lohelohe o Waimea no ke-la- hanauna, ke-ia hanauna ma o ka ho‘ona‘auao a me ka ho‘okahu ‘ana (to preserve and perpetuate the human, cultural, and natural resources of Waimea, O‘ahu for generations through education and stewardship).

Visit www.waimeavalley.net for more information on the multitude of activities available in the Valley.

The "Whispering Walls" tour will include stories and legends of the High Priests who once lived in the Valley, the healing powers of the plant life that endures in Waimea, and the spirits that are rumored to frolic among the trees today.

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