A Leader’s Story

Tales from a Master Storyteller about Master Leaders

Today we welcome Alton Takiyama-Chung to our leadership show. Alton is an amazing storyteller of cultural tales and personal stories of growing up in Hawaii. He tells stories of WWII Japanese Americans, Asian folktales, and ancient Hawaiian legends.

I first heard Alton at the Timpanogos Storytelling festival in 2016 and he made an immediate impression upon me. He has a unique ability to subtly portray important leadership principles in simple beautiful stories about people.

Alton’s stories are steeped in wisdom, integrity, trust, and many other important leadership qualities.

About Alton

Japanese and Korean storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung, grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This gives him a unique perspective when telling cultural tales and personal stories of growing up in Hawaii, stories of WWII Japanese-Americans, Asian folktales, and ancient Hawaiian legends. He was awarded the National Storytelling Network’s (NSN’s) first J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award in 2005.  Performances include: the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival in Utah, the Cayman Islands Gimme Story Storytelling Festival, Singapore’s Congress of Asian Storytellers, the International Storytelling Festival of Thailand, and the International Storytelling Festival in Hue, Vietnam.  He has also been the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center and a New Voice Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.  His DVD, LIFE IS THE TREASURE: Okinawan Memories of WWII and CD, TALES FROM THE LANAI have both won Storytelling World Honors.  He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for NSN.

We welcome Alton to Leaders247.