Immerse yourself in the art of storytelling at the AARP Maui Café. Join author Malia Bohlin as she shares her expertise and tips on writing personal or family stories. This free event, taking place on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cameron Center in Wailuku, offers participants the opportunity to engage in writing exercises and discover their own unique narratives. As Bohlin encourages, “everyone has a story in them,” so don’t hesitate to share yours. In addition to the enriching experience, guests will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and have the chance to win a copy of Bohlin’s novel. Don’t miss this chance to learn, connect, and be inspired at the AARP Maui Café.

Learn to write your family’s story at the AARP Maui Café

Are you interested in preserving your family’s history and passing down your stories to future generations? If so, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming event at the AARP Maui Café. This event will provide you with the tools and inspiration you need to write your family’s story.

Learn to write your family’s story at the AARP Maui Café

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Event Details

Date and Time: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Cameron Center in Wailuku

Registration: To register for this event and other AARP events, visit or the AARP Hawai`i Facebook page and click on the Events tab.

About the Speaker

The speaker for this event is Malia Bohlin, a Maui author who has extensive experience in writing personal and family stories. Malia will be sharing her expertise and tips on how to effectively convey your family’s history through writing.

Experience and Expertise

Malia Bohlin is not only an accomplished writer but also a published author. She wrote and published the novel ‘Left at Hiva Oa’, a fictional story based on her father’s real-life adventure of sailing around the world. Her own experiences in writing her family’s story make her a perfect speaker for this event.

Inspiration for Writing

According to Malia Bohlin, everyone has a story in them, and it’s important to go ahead and tell it. She believes that writing your family’s story is a way to connect with your past, understand your roots, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Her passion for storytelling is sure to inspire you to start writing your own family’s story.

Writing Exercises

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to engage in various writing exercises designed to help them find and tell their own stories. These exercises will provide practical guidance on how to structure your narrative, develop your characters, and create a compelling story that captures the essence of your family’s history.

Tips and Techniques

Malia Bohlin will also be sharing tips and techniques for effective storytelling. She will discuss the importance of setting a clear goal for your story, creating relatable characters, and using vivid descriptions to engage your readers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, these tips and techniques will help you improve your storytelling skills.

Finding Your Story

One of the challenges of writing your family’s story is knowing where to start. Malia Bohlin will guide you through the process of finding your story by encouraging you to dig deep into your memories, explore family archives, and interview relatives. She will provide practical advice on how to narrow down your focus and identify the key events and themes that shaped your family’s history.

Telling Your Story

Once you’ve found your story, the next step is to effectively tell it. Malia Bohlin will offer insights on how to structure your narrative, create a compelling plot, and infuse your story with emotion. She will also discuss the importance of finding your unique voice as a writer and staying true to your own style.

Refreshments and Giveaways

To make the event enjoyable and relaxing, refreshments such as coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. Additionally, participants will have the chance to win one of ten copies of Malia Bohlin’s book, ‘Left at Hiva Oa’. This giveaway is a great opportunity to get inspired by Malia’s own storytelling and learn from her writing style.

Upcoming AARP Maui Café Events

If you’re unable to attend this month’s AARP Maui Café event, don’t worry! There are more exciting events planned for the future. Next month’s café will feature a talk on the connection between humans and animals. Stay tuned for the date and time of the next café by visiting or the AARP Hawai`i Facebook page.

In conclusion, whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, the AARP Maui Café event is a must-attend for anyone interested in writing their family’s story. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from a talented writer like Malia Bohlin and gain the skills and inspiration you need to preserve your family’s history. Register now and start your journey towards becoming a storyteller in your own right.