Tuesday Evenings Moolelo with Anakala Tom Cummings: March 24, April 21, May 19

‘Anakala Tom Cummins will share mo’olelo at hālāwai hosted at the Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center in Mā’ili.

These hālāwai are intended to help inform ‘ohana and mākua of the value of mo’olelo, which provides self-esteem for keiki, as well as providing a sense of belonging so keiki know who they are and where they come from. The hālāwai provides a place and to begin to tell mo’olelo while recognizing that there are many ways to facilitate mo’olelo through various things and people to tell a mo’olelo about. Most importantly, these hālāwai guide us into the ways of our kūpuna.


Thomas Cummings labels himself a “Storyteller with Stuff”. That is he shows objects of all kinds while telling Hawaiian stories. He will display part of a plant or animal, or a rock or shell–often demonstrating how it functions. His show-and-tell of hand-held “objects” are also seen from a picture or props or replica or specimen; while–whenever possible–it includes elements of taste and smell and audience participation. Why? Because a show and demonstration of “stuff” captures and keeps attention.

Uncle Tom, a native Hawaiian from Maui, for over 40-years in education, has crafted his storytelling skills as a tour guide, Hawai`i DOE school teacher, education cultural specialist at Bishop Museum and Kamehameha Schools. Other agencies he has partnered with include: Field & Wildlife Service, NOAA, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Department of Land & Natural Resources, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Friends of Hokule’a & Hawaiiloa, Alu Like, Queen Liliuokalani Children Center, Peabody Museum, Alaskan Heritage Center.

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