came to Hawaii in 1974 in the midst of the Hawaiian cultural
renaissance. Within a couple of years, I worked as a VISTA volunteer
with a team designing self-sustaining housing for Native Hawaiians on
Mokauea Island off Sand Island. When I became a tour driver in 1980, the
visitor industry was developing a true and impactful curriculum to share
Hawaiian history and culture. I was deeply fortunate to have two
extraordinary mentors for this; Barbara “Bobbie” Mills, who wrote E
Malama in 1996, the Ecotourism Manual for Hawaii, and Kumu Tyrone
Reinhardt, from whom I learned Hawaiian history and spiritual teachings.
When Chicken Skin Stories conferences began in 1981, in awe, I sat at
the feet of the elders who shared their stories. I heard Napua Stevens
share her experience of the night marchers on her grandmother’s land on
the Big Island. I sat riveted as another told the story of Pele in his
car as he drove around Waimanalo side. These elders gave us, those who
were in their presence, the honor of repeating their stories.
Not long after the Chicken Skin Stories began, I was introduced to ho’oponopono when a practioner guided us during a conflict resolution at work. Although I’d never met Kahuna Lapa'au Morrnah Simeona (original founder of The Foundation of I) before personally, in 1985 when I was waiting in a group of people, she walked right up to me, took my hand in both of hers, pulling me in through her eyes, and said, “Good, you are here.”
And now, I’m here, sharing the Myths and Legends of Waikiki with guests. During the day, I’m a full-time kupuna to my granddaughter.
Braddah Stevie Brown or "Stevie-B" as friends call him, grew up mostly in a place known as Anianiku. Situated at the ewa base of Puowaina Crater; known today as Punchbowl because of its crater rim shape, Anianiku is an area rooted in Hawaiian myth and legend and also the reason why Stevie was set on the path of Hawaiian mysticism. Early in his youth an encounter with the renowned "Night Marchers" of Punchbowl left an indelible mark that would open the door to his spirituality. In fact one of Stevie's ghostly encounters was written about in one of the late Glen Grant's books.
Today, as a singer and songwriter,
Stevie plays music for visitors and locals at various hot spots mostly
on the island of Oahu with his partner Jon Osorio. He has
played with such notable artists as Cecilio and Kapono, Dennis Pavao of Hui Ohana, Teresa Bright and kumu hula Frank Hewitt.
Having travelled all over the world because of his music, there have been numerous encounters with the supernatural across many diverse cultures and religions. Come and share in his experiences with the paranormal that is sure to be insightful and revealing.
Uncle Joe Espinda Jr. is from a little town in south O'ahu called Waimanalo. Uncle Joe is a product of a proud family of Hawaiians. Uncle Joe's family has roots back when Hawaii was still a monarchy, and he's proud of that fact. He's also very in tune to Oahu's spiritual and supernatural side, and has had many experiences himself.
Joe who is multi-talented is also an accomplished musician. Uncle Joe is session keyboard player backing up Hawaii greats like Butch Helemano and former keyboard player and vocalist with one of Hawaii's leading music groups, Kawao. Some of Joe's local and national musical influences include Natural Vibes, BET, Elton John, Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Butch Helemano, and Braddah Waltah.