Day 2- Off and Running


Good morning everyone, What an awesome day today! Skawennati showed an excerpt from her machinima “She Falls for Ages” which is a futuristic interstellar version of the Iroquois Creation story.

Noelani Arista teaches Hawaiian history at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and was a participant He Ou Hou 1 and this year, she is the cultural consultant for He Au Hou 2. Noelani’s cultural knowledge and research has grown richer through reading unused Hawaiian language documents to chronicle the story of Hawai’i. Her presentation began an intense discussion about oral history Mo’olelo and the importance of environment and our connection to that energy.

A wide range of tourist enticing logo imagery has been created, however these images are quite stereotypical and do not resonate with real Hawaiian culture. With globally accepted conceptualization, how does one re-create the real heart of Hawai’i? This is one of the key reasons many of the participants want to design their own games, to learn the tools and to freely create.  Owisokon Lahache reiterated the importance of passing on traditional knowledge to strengthen our children’s connection to their heritage. It is important to safeguard the oral histories, oli (Chant) and mo’olelo (stories) but to freely pass them on to our families helping to rebuild and strengthen the connection to culture.

What a pleasant morning listening to stories and stories about Hawaiian life. The connection to nature and family is strong the will to pass and learn about traditional knowledge into the future.



We had a delicious feast from the sea for lunch and then began the real work examining game mechanics, environments in storytelling, and the language of the digital world. How do you navigate in the worlds imagined in digital game play without a single line of text?