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Thursday 25 May 2017

Summer Fund Drive 2017


The Story Connective is running a fund drive, and we need your support. We want to give back to the projects whose stories we've shared. So, if you donate, you will get to vote on which one of the projects we've told a story about over the past six months that you want to support. Whichever project gets the most votes by our donors will receive a portion of the donation money from this fundraiser.

Fund drive and voting ends June 30th, so donate today!

You can support us & participate in voting in the following ways:

1) Become a sustaining supporter for as little as $1 per podcast/video at If you choose this option you will be invited into our creative process and our inner community, with special updates, stories, and some special perks. You will also be funding us to continue to do this important work.

2) Support us at to make a one-time donation to the Story Connective. Your donation will be used to purchase audio and video gear that will allow us to produce our stories with better sound and visual quality.

Thank you! After contributing, we will send you a survey where you can vote on which of the following organizations on the ballot list below you would like to see a portion of our proceeds go to:

Here are the ballot choices

GERRY & DENISE DIGNAN's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Prelude Music Foundation

"The Prelude Music Foundation's sole purpose is to bring Music Together®, a research-based music and movement program, to children in need in the greater Houston area. Our goal is for children to experience, experiment, create, heal and learn from the power of music. The Prelude Music Foundation serves over 850 children every week in their schools. Each semester members of the Houston Symphony join our Prelude teachers in the classroom and then they accompany all students in a family engagement concert. All children, teachers, parents, and school administrators get together to sing, dance, and jam! The joy is contagious.
The Prelude Music Foundation also provides professional development for school teachers. We show teachers how music supports all learning."

Find out more at

DOUG BANNER's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Skookum Kids

"Skookum Kids is a local transition house for kids going into Foster care. When you talk about building resilience in kids that’s what they are all about." -Doug Banner

They have two programs - "Skookum House" and "Skookum Parents"

They have created a volunteer-staffed facility to care for children entering or transitioning into foster care. With the children safe in their care during their first week of foster care, Skookum buy critical time for caseworkers to find the right long-term placement. Their hope is that no child from their community would ever be placed in haste.
They also recruit, train, and conduct home-studies for families hoping to become foster parents with an eye toward alleviating the community's acute shortage of respite care providers. They are located in the Bellingham, Washinton.

Find out more at

JAMES M. SIMPLICIANO's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Alternative Learning Center

James was inspired by Alternative Learning Center's coach Lance Morikawa and coach Mike. They inspire youth with alternative leadership training and understanding the deep value of sustainability, and social responsibility. "ALC is a 15-year-old mentoring program that helps students prepare for career pathways following graduation...the program helps the high school seniors enter a work-based learning situation outside of the school setting to establish a pathway to future employment. Students are mentored in the interview process, specific job situations, career expanded exploration and work ethics in the real world. It's grown and grown over the years, and it really shows how the Lahaina, Hawaii community goes above and beyond to help the kids learn work ethics, self-confidence and self-respect."

Find out more at

JENNY PELL's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation

HFUF’s primary purpose is to support the sovereign right of farmers to create and sustain vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the benefit of all Hawaii Nei, including future generations, through various scientific, educational and charitable activities."

Find out more at

JOY JINK's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Swamp Gravy by the Colquitt/Miller Arts Council

Swamp Gravy’s mission statement is to "involve as many people as possible in a theatrical experience that empowers the individual, bonds the community and strengthens the local economy while crossing the boundaries of class, race, economy and social class."

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VICKI LEVIN's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Hawaii Farmers Union United Haleakala Chapter

"HFUU Vision Statement: The Hawaii Farmers Union, as a chartered state division of National Farmers Union, is recognized and respected as the true voice of Hawaii local farmers. Hawaii Farmers Union empowers island farmers to earn a prosperous living through regenerative stewardship of our lands, waters, and communities. Hawaii Farmers Union serves as a bridge between farmers and consumers through vibrant, local, community Farmers Union chapters in all districts on all islands.

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ARTHUR MEDEIROS' non-profit organization ballot choice:
Auwahi Forest Restoration Project

The Auwahi Forest Restoration Project originated in 1997 as a grass roots, community-based effort in working in collaboration with `Ulupalakua Ranch to save tracts of highly endangered dry forest at Auwahi as biological and cultural sanctuaries. Since inception, the Auwahi project has restored forest primarily with the efforts of supervised volunteers from the community. As time proceeded, they have developed a large group of volunteers that are passionate, informed, and with strong sense of ‘aloha ‘aina (love of land) for Hawaiian places, forests and culture. It is now widely regarded as one of the most successful examples of community-based native forest restoration in the islands. Volunteers, and most who visit the forest, are left moved by the experience of being in a native forest, participating in its protection, and planting seedlings of native Hawaiian trees that will likely live for hundreds of years, perpetuating this forest sanctuary for decades to come. The project serves a broad range of the Maui community, including school students, canoe paddlers, educators, ranchers, policy makers, scientists, artists and photographers.

Find out more at

REBECCA RHAPSODY's non-profit organization ballot choice is:
Health Research Institute
"The Health Research Institute's mission is to promote responsibility for personal health and health of the environment through education, to provide effective tools through education, research, and clinical practice that teach self-responsibility, promote healing, and restore the environment."

Find out more at

You can support us & participate in voting in the following ways:

1) Become a sustaining supporter for as little as $1 per podcast/video at If you choose this option you will be invited into our creative process and our inner community, with special updates, stories, and some special perks. You will also be funding us to continue to do this important work.

2) Support us at to make a one-time donation to the Story Connective. Your donation will be used to purchase audio and video gear that will allow us to produce our stories with better sound and visual quality.

Thank you! After contributing, we will send you a survey where you can vote on which of the following organizations on the ballot list below you would like to see a portion of our proceeds go to:

Thank you for your support,

Please donate before June 30th to vote.

Thank you for helping us tell inspiring stories!

Warm Wishes,

Loxley & Rhapsody

Sunday 9 April 2017

Building Community Through Music

Everyone in the room is dancing together. Everyone is smiling. Everyone is singing. This is not what one would call a "concert". Everyone is participating in the musical process. The ones leading the songs and dances are not at all seperate from the audience. They are Arthur and we are the Knights -all equal- and it's as fun as a Monty Python movie! This is what community performance feels like. Gerry and Denise Dignan travel the world together helping to build community in a very special way - using the power of music to transcend boundries and bring folks together like almost no other medium can. It's truly a magical experience. When we sat down to interview Gerry and Denise they informed us that this is how the United States was able to heal the deep wounds of the Civil War, with mass sing-a-longs. They also work with children and parents by participating in the Music Together program where children can learn, in a supportive environment with their parents, that they too are makers of music. Interviewing them for our very first production was such a treat:

Musicians / interviewees Gerry & Denise Dignan


Jean Houston Foundation for hosing Gerry & Denise

E.L.L.S.S.A, our non-profit fiscal sponsor

Music Together, if you want to learn more about the children's program

Re-envision Maui: Before and After Sugar

In this first episode of the Re-envision Maui series: Before and After Sugar, we take an in depth look at Maui’s past, from its mythic origins and indigenous ways of life, through colonization, and finally to its modern incarnation.

The island of Maui is at a crossroads. Industrial sugarcane production on Maui has come to an end after 150 years and the future of tens of thousands of acres of land and billions of gallons of the island’s fresh water is now in limbo. What will be grown and built during this transition will impact Maui’s future over the coming centuries. If we can better understand what Maui looked like before sugar became such a big force on the island, we may discover insights about what Maui could look like now that sugar is no longer. The possibilities are inspiring. The people of the Maui community are paying attention to what is being planned, what is being said, what is going unsaid, and what is being done on behalf of the future of this precious island. The Story Connective is producing a series of episodes that will take you on a journey introducing you to voices that envision a resilient and thriving Maui.

Writing, recording, and producing this episode was a lot of fun, and we learned a lot about how to combine Rhapsody's storytelling skills with Loxley's historical research skills. Consequently, it took us a bit longer than we had anticipated to create, but the result is -we believe- a great contribution to the historiography of Hawai'i. We even got the thumbs up from a Living Treasure of Hawai'i, Dr. Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ōhi‘a Gon, III, after he read the transcript of the episode and greenlighted the use of his chant.

Over the coming months, The Story Connective will bring you the voices of the affected stakeholders: the people, groups, organizations, and members at the grassroots of this historic moment on Maui. The voices of modern ahupua'a kalo & canoe crop farmers, native habitat restorers, community organizers, educators, storytellers, organic gardeners, water protectors, regenerative agriculturalists in the Korean Natural Farming & permaculture movements, and more. We hope to give voice to a vision of a possible thriving & regenerative Maui that is in alignment with the practiced Hawaiian values of aloha (love & respect), laulima (cooperation) and malama (stewardship), which result in a desirable pono (balance & alignment) of all life ... Stay tuned to the Story Connective.

Hear the podcast at


PRINT BIBLIOGRAPHY: Alexander, Arthur (1937). Koloa Plantation 1835 - 1935, Honolulu, HI. Alexander, William DeWitt (1895). A Brief Sketch Of The Life Of Kamehameha V. Third Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society for the Year 1895. Honolulu: Hawaiian Historical Society. Beckwith, Martha Warren (1940). Hawaiian Mythology. New Haven, C.T.: Yale University Press. Deerr, Noel (1949). The History of Sugar, Volume 1, London: Chapman and Hall Ltd. Doak, Robin Santos (1 January 2003). Hawaii: The Aloha State. World Almanac Library. Dorrance, William H.; Morgan, Francis (2000). Sugar Islands: The 165-Year Story of Sugar in Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing. Hawkins, Richard (2007). "James D. Dole and the 1932 Failure of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company". Hawaiian Journal of History. Kamakau, Samuel (1992) 1961. Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii (Revised ed.). Honolulu: Kamehameha Schools Press. Kent, Noel (1993). Hawaii: Islands Under the Influence, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press. Linnekin, Jocelyn (1990). Sacred Queens and Women of Consequence: Rank, Gender, and Colonialism in the Hawaiian Islands. University of Michigan Press. Lyman, Rufus A. (1895). Recollections of Kamehameha V. Third Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society for the Year 1895. Honolulu: Hawaiian Historical Society. Maenette Kapeʻahiokalani Padeken Ah Nee-Benham; Ronald H. Heck (1998 ). Culture and educational policy in Hawai'i: the silencing of native voices. Psychology Press. Marilyn Stassen-Mclaughlin (1999). "Unlucky Star: Princess Ka'iulani". Hawaii Journal of History. Hawaiian Historical Society. Osorio, Jon Kamakawiwoʻole (2002). Dismembering Lāhui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. Pope, Charles Henry and Hooper, Thomas (1908 ). “Hooper Genealogy”, Charles Pope, Boston, MA. Ralph S. Kuykendall, (1938 ). The Hawaiian Kingdom: 1778-1854: foundation and transformation. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press. Silva, Noenoe K. (17 August 2004). Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism. Duke University Press. Takaki, Ronald (1983), Pau Hana: Plantation Life and Labor in Hawaii, 1835 - 1920, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press. Takaki, Ronald (1994), Raising Cane: The World of Plantation Hawaii, New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishers. Urcia, Jose (1960), The Morphology of the Town as an Artifact: A Case Study of Sugar Plantation Towns on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, Seattle, WA: University of Washington. Westervelt, W. D. (1910). Legends of Ma-ui—A demi god of Polynesia and of his mother Hina. Honolulu, Hawaii: The Hawaiian Gazette Co., Ltd.


ADDENDUM: Rhapsody and Loxley put a lot of effort into researching and writing this concise history of Hawai’i. We went to great lengths to gather accurate information from multiple sources: primary source documentation found in multiple university libraries, Hawaiian sources -including their rich oral traditions, historians’ and journalists’ works, Hawai’i independence sources, U.S. government sources, sugar company histories, et cetera. In order to get this history to fit within the focused scope of this project (namely Maui’s ahupua’a – sugarcane – regenerative future) as well as to fit within a single podcast episode, the Story Connective had to make many difficult editorial decisions. Extremely important historical events were regrettably omitted for the sake of scope and concision. There are many exceptional books, articles, documentaries, and websites that recount the comprehensive history of these islands. As the entire historiography is too great to list here, we encourage readers and listeners who wish to learn more to go to their nearest library -or use their preferred search engine- to investigate the following notable stories listed in chronological order:

The Naha Stone prophecy

1789: British American Captain Simon Metcalfe and the Olowalu Massacre

1820s – 1870s: Christian missionaries’ attitudes towards hula and first wave of repression of hula dancing, chanting, and singing

1824: Hawai’i Regent Kaʻahumanu and Christianity

1843: Paulet Affair: British naval officer Captain Lord George Paulet occupies the Hawaiian islands

1870s – 1880s: First Hawaiian Renaissance

1887: Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii (aka: the Bayonet Constitution)

1893: Blount Report & U.S. President Grover Cleveland’s response

1896: Republic of Hawai’i bans the Hawaiian language and the subsequent repression of Hawaiian culture

1897: Petition Against Annexation to the United States from the Hawaiian people (aka: The Kūʻē Petitions)

1898: Spanish-American War and its Pacific theater

1941 – 1990: U.S. military’s occupation and use of the Hawaiian island of Kahoʻolawe

1950s: Union organizing and the so-called “Hawai’i Democratic Revolution”

1970s – Present: Second Hawaiian Renaissance; particularly the trips of the Polynesian voyaging canoe, the Hōkūleʻa

1978: Addition to the 1950 The Constitution of the State of Hawaii - Article XI states, "The State shall conserve and protect agricultural lands, promote diversified agriculture, increase agricultural self-sufficiency and assure the availability of agriculturally suitable land."

2008: Hawai’i 2050 Sustainability Task Force Report on the self-sufficiency of the State

2014: Maui County GMO Moratorium Initiative -until an environmental and public health study on GMOs is conducted and finds the proposed cultivation practices to be safe and harmless- passed

2014 – 2015: Maui County GMO Moratorium struck down in U.S. federal courts


Story by Loxley Clovis & Rebecca Rhapsody

Audio recording & production by Loxley Clovis

Intro song is ‘Which That Is This’ by Doctor Turtle released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Ukulele of ‘Aloha ‘Oe’ performed by pomitsai released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Outro ukulele performed by Rebecca Rhapsody released under Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Ocean Waves and Wind’ by Binaural Soundscapes released under Creative Commons Attribution License

And birdsongs by Hawai’i Conservation Alliance released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Chant performed by Dr. Sam M. ‘Ohukani'ōhi'a Gon III, used with permission

Special Thanks to:

our Fiscal Sponsor, ELLSSA – a non profit committed to Empowering individuals to take care of the future.

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The purpose of this production is for non-profit education, news, & commentary.