SCEP Live Online Story Share
“Remember when…”

Friday, May 21 at 7:00pm
Click here to register for the direct link to the performance.

Members of the community responded to our call for stories with the theme “Remember when…”  The following individuals will share their stories live on the SCEP Live Online YouTube channel.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller is a native of Palama.  He has been a high school teacher for 40 years in private Catholic schools on Oahu.  He has three children, a cat and a dog, and a beautiful wife who still teaches 7th and 9th graders in Honolulu.  He loves singing, storytelling and messing around in small boats–mostly native outriggers. He has preferred “knowing” to “glowing” but is slowly giving up the project of understanding this world in exchange for living each day with gratitude.  He can and will talk your ear off if given the chance.

Janine Oshiro is a massage therapist and writer devoted to the transformative power of words, touch, silence, and movement. She is the author of Pier, winner of the 2010 Kundiman Poetry Prize, published by Alice James Books. She has been awarded the 2011 Elliot Cades Award for Literature in Hawaiʻi for an emerging writer and the 2013 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. After graduating from Mililani High School, she attended Whitworth University, Portland State University, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. These days you can often find her online and in-person working at the Still & Moving Center. 

Margot Smith is a retired social scientist living in Berkeley, California where she advocates for universal health care and economicjustice. She graduated from UH with a BA in 1865 and with an MA in 1968; then went on to a doctorate in public health at UC Berkeley in 1977. She worked as a researcher for California’s Health Department and later produced award-winning videos on political and social justice issues. To avoid COVID boredom, she now writes.

Ben Moffat

Ben Moffat, storyteller and former Windward Community College theatre professor, serves as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Ben Moffat was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. He came to Hawaiʻi in 1983 for graduate studies at the University in theatre, expecting to stay for three years and then move on.  He has been here ever since, feeling fortunate to call Kaʻaʻawa his home. He has performed across the state, as well as nationally and internationally, as a solo performer and as a member of “Monkey Waterfall,” a dance theatre company he co-founded with Yuki Shiroma.

In 1987, he began teaching acting classes at Windward Community College and eventually became a full professor, teaching theatre as well as directing and producing plays. Twenty-two years later, in 2011, he left Windward to pursue his own work. In early 2020, Ben performed the Hawai‘i premiere of “Imperfect Gentlemen,” his one-man show about gender and family dynamics.

The Story Share Band adds a musical component to the evening with musicians: Bailey Matsuda has been an influential force in Hawai‘i’s music scene over several decades. Bailey received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Composition from the University of Hawai‘i. Bailey’s wide knowledge of music has allowed him to perform, compose. arrange, orchestrate, produce and teach in the field. His love of many musical styles and cultures led him to found the world music group Cabaseké in 1992.Besides his involvement with groups, Bailey has recorded and composed individually for a variety of projects ranging from films to commercials. Currently, Bailey teaches at Kamehameha Schools and continues to perform throughout Honolulu.

Alex Morrison plays both upright and electric basses in a variety of styles ranging from straight ahead jazz to Americana. Some of the local and national artists he has worked with include Peter Rowen, Laurie Lewis, Barbara Higbie, Taimane Gardner, Hawaiian Style Band, Saloon Pilots, Gypsy 808, Chris Yeh Quartet, and Hook and Line. Alex has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa.

Chris Yeh played saxophone in jazz combos and big bands while living on the East Coast in the 1990s. Since moving back to Honolulu in 1996, he has been performing with various local groups, including his own jazz quintet and the funk/pop band Mango Season. During non-jazz (i.e., daylight) hours, he works as an attorney in downtown Honolulu.

SCEP Live Online is a joint effort between UH Mānoa Outreach College, East-West Center Arts Program, UH Mānoa Music Department, Kaunoa Senior Services, and Friends of Mānoa Library.