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Introducing a new storytelling podcast series

Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, a storyteller with eight decades of experiences. reveals her secrets with humor and innocence, starting in the 1940s. While a war was on and her father gone, she was told fairy tales of how a handsome rich Prince saved a beautiful, cheerful, hardworking Snow White. This gave her a clue of how the next seven decades would go - right up to 2020 when the world was stopped by an insidious enemy. Fill in the gap with what or whom was that enemy. But all of the world stopped, to sequester, reflect, scream, pivot, and finally recognize this is the time to change the world then move forward.

In between the 1940’s - 2020  Jeannette maneuvered through American society, which was mostly run by white men in charge of politics, corporations, churches, schools, media and popular culture – all forces that greatly influenced how an American woman was supposed to behave and look. By the time of her 80th birthday on May 23, 2020, Jeannette had figured a way through trap doors, grabbing a few golden rings on the merry-go-round along the way, to feel a sense of satisfaction with some wild wisdom to share. The result is a series of life stories that make up a podcast series called WILD WISDOM. It's a podcast series where women tell their stories about maneuvering through society’s shifting expectations on how a proper woman should look and behave.

The stories you can hear now are just a sample of many more stories that will be added. If you like what you hear and want more – please subscribe.

You are invited to listen and subscribe to the Wild Wisdom Podcast series. You will receive a notice every time a new episode is added.

Few things have made such a huge impact on my happiness as well as add to the depth and power of the human experience as having friends who share their life stories and experiences with me. I am particularly grateful to friends with different and diverse experiences who have complicated and broadened my own understanding of the world. It is an honor to present to you stories told by three amazing inspiring friends whose stories reveal how they, as women of color have navigated the challenging stereotypes of a chosen era. Each one has an abundance of Wild Wisdom, and each story they present is truly a gift. 


I am thrilled to tell you that Heather Haunani Giugni, Amy Hill and Kathryn Waddell Takara have stories that are included in this introduction to WILD WISDOM, the podcast series. Once you subscribe to the free podcast series, you’ll have the opportunity to hear more of their life stories.

Jeannette Paulson Hereniko




Jeannette Paulson Hereniko

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As a little girl in Portland Oregon during the 1940s, Jeannette was mesmerized by the life stories told to her by her maternal grandmother about growing up as a Volga German in Russia.  By the time Jeannette was twelve, she was telling her own original stories at community events, in churches, and schools. She even hosted her own storytelling radio show. During the early 1960s she started a Storytelling Guild and Children’s Festival in Southern Oregon that still exists today. During the 1970s she was a Storyteller with the Artist in Schools Program in Oregon and then in Hawaiʻi. She is best known as the founding director of the Hawaiʻi International Film festival that she started in 1981 and the first Director of the Palm Springs Film Festival that began in 1990.


In addition to producing and writing several documentaries and short films, she is the Producer of an award-winning narrative feature film called The Land Has Eyes that her husband, Vilsoni Hereniko, wrote and directed. Coming full circle, Jeannette is now telling stories to her grandsons and great grandson in Hawaiʻi where they live. In 2020 Jeannette  premieres a podcast series about her life stories called WILD WISDOM. Joining her are three girlfriends who  have powerful life stories of their own to share.



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Kathryn Waddell Takara, PhD. is a celebrated poet, scholar, and performance artist who is also an award-winning author and the publisher and owner of Pacific Raven Press.



Heather Haunani Giugni has dedicated her life to documenting, preserving and sharing stories about Hawai’i  She is an award winning film producer and founder of ‘Ulu’ulu, Hawaiʻi’s official moving image archive.

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Amy Hill is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Mrs. Kwan in “The Cat in the Hat”, Sue in “50 First Dates”, and Mrs. Ho-Kim in “Next Friday.” She plays Teuila “Kumu” Tuileta, the cultural curator of Robin Master's estate, in the television series “Magnum P.I”



I am enormously grateful to so many of my friends and family who have encouraged me to develop this podcast series, with special gratitude and everlasting love to my husband Vilsoni Hereniko for his unswerving support and limitless patience.


GIRLFRIENDS – What would we do without them?

Shereé Lipton has believed in and supported my visions for decades, as well as inspired me with her own wild wisdom. A few months ago I confided to her that I was distracted and not focusing on my dream to premiere WILD WISDOM the podcast series on my 80th birthday, Shereé became the spark that lit the fire getting me on track again through her sponsorship of this premiere. 

Carol Fox brought over sumptuous healthy meals that meant I haven’t had to cook for a week, giving me the priceless gift of time. 

Last, but most certainly not least, this website would not be offered today without the able assistance, good spirit and website skills of my girlfriend and colleague Vera Zambonelli who has generously shared her talents and precious time by nudging me forward to “just do it” over café latte – even during virtual café latte hours the last few months!



Banner photo of wild Oregon daisies blowing in the wind taken and donated by Lee Weinstein.

Graphic for original 2010 WILD WISDOM one woman show was designed by Jann Paulson Grossman.



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