The Living Library

The Living Library is a multi-media space dedicated to creating and capturing digital images, video, and audio stories of resilience from our community. The goal of this project is to honor our kupuna by capturing mo’olelo that speaks to the resilience of their ‘ohana, ‘aina, and greater community while highlighting the traditional and cultural practices and historical events of Ko’olau.


The programming involves video or audio interviews with kupuna or community members that speak to KEY Project and community history, KEY’s Youth and Kupuna Program impact, and our community development projects involving our partner organizations.


How does this benefit our community?

It becomes a repository and information hub made of digital video and audio stories shared by our kupuna and the community. Our understanding of the past allows us to bring forward the shared values of our community for a stronger and brighter future. The Living Library aims to honor the stories of our kupuna who are with us and want to share their stories.


How does it work?

An idea for an interview with a kupuna or community member is shared and the topic covers KEY’s main area of focus (1) KEY Project and community history (2) KEY’s Youth and Kupuna Program impact, (3) community development projects involving KEY’s partner organizations. KEY’s Project Manager and team develop the concept, create a plan, and utilize the mobile technology toolkits to interview kupuna or community members. The completed and edited videos will be viewed via social media, website, and archived in the Living Library.


Contact us at (808) 239-5777 if you would like to be a part of capturing the history of our community!

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