Janine Oshiro loves creating storytelling programs that explore the sparks between our collective folk and fairy tales and personal stories. Starting with stories that have sustained humans for generations, she strives to find new possibilities to address contemporary needs.

Janine has been telling stories through the Statewide Cultural Extension Program since 2020, and recently performed in Era of Change: Stories from Hawaii Before, During and After the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. She is also the author of Pier, winner of the 2010 Kundiman Poetry Prize, published by Alice James Books. She was awarded the 2011 Elliot Cades Award for Literature in Hawaiʻi for an emerging writer and the 2013 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. Most recently, Janine’s poetry was included in Chiburu: Anthology of Hawaiʻi Okinawan Literature, published by Bess Press.

Janine endeavors to engage everyone from elementary students to young-at-heart adults in her storytelling programs. Modifications for toddlers can be made upon request. Her most recent storytelling show combines folktales, poetry, and personal stories–and features a handmade Story Skirt that opens up to reveal many hidden surprises. She has developed programs about endemic trees, siblings, and the mysteries of adulthood–and is always exploring more.