On Speaking

On Speaking
Joining a movement never sounded so good.
Image: Courtesy Lyz Soto

On Speaking / In case you didn’t know, there’s an Oceanic spoken word movement happening here in Hawaii, and this Friday and Saturday mark an important achievement in the movement’s ability to connect contemporary spoken word artists and the Pacific traditions of orature.

“If you’re interested in any kind of artistic civic engagement and sustainable futures for our Pacific communities, then this is for you,” says Lyz Soto, co-executive director for Youth Speaks Hawaii and Pacific Tongues regarding the Spoken Word Symposium: Building a Community of Oceanic Voices and Performances. “Spoken word is certainly the catalyst for these conversations, but we’re really hoping to get a wide range of voices actively engaged in the conversation.”

Whose voices are they looking for?–Poets, artists, students, community organizers, cultural practitioners, storytellers, librarians, musicians and teachers.

“The Waves of Words performance, Friday night, is a totally inclusive event,” Soto says. “Any and all are welcome with very widely-opened arms.”

Soto says this movement refers to a growing community of artists and supporters, who are in some way connected to Pacific cultures and geographies.

Panel topics include the spoken word tradition, audio/visual publishing and archiving, multi-media collaboration, decolonizing education and the academy and community alliances.

Halau o Haumea, Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH–Manoa, 2645 Dole St., Fri. 7/13 and Sat., 7/14, (Waves of Words special performance is Fri., 7/13, 6-7:30pm, free and includes pupu), parking is $5, register at [spokenwordoceania.wordpress.com], questions email [email: pacifictongues]