Audio, Challenges, Journey Map

Back To The Big Island - My Origin Story

For my final digital story I decided to do a journey map.  The map contains pictures and informational text about the Big Island of Hawaii but the main story uses audio clips that tell a narrative about my journey back to my roots.  I look at my childhood with a new fondness and realize the importance of telling my story to my own children.  

Primary Media - Audio: created with Audacity, published through Soundcloud

Secondary Media - Video tutorial explaining my process: filmed with Screencastify and published on YouTube (There are 2 Screencastify videos because I went over my trial limit - sorry I didn't want to pay for an upgrade)

Secondary Media - original photography

My Process - StoryMapJS by KnightLab

My Process continued

I did encounter some frustration with this program (as I explain in the video) and I think KnightLab should go in and do some debugging.  Overall, the program was not too difficult to use and when you are finished, you have a neat way to tell a story.

Hawaii is a magical place!  I hope you enjoy.

Works Cited

“'Akaka Falls (Hamakua Coast): Spectacular 422 Ft Waterfall Close to Hilo.” Love Big Island, www.lovebigisland.com/hilo/akaka-falls/.


Geggel, Laura. “The Science Behind Hawaii's Surprising 2018 Volcanic Eruption.” LiveScience, Purch, 4 June 2018, www.livescience.com/62563-hawaii-volcano-eruption-2018.html.

“Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.” Hawaii State Parks, hawaiistateparks.org/parks/hawaii/hapuna-beach-state-recreation-area/.

Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Hula in the Hawaiian Islands.” Go Hawaii, 22 July 2019, www.gohawaii.com/hawaiian-culture/hula.

“History of the Hawaiian Luau.” Hawaii Luaus, 2019, hawaii-luaus.com/history-of-hawaiian-luau/.

“Lili'uokalani Gardens.” Liliuokalani Gardens, Big Island, www.to-hawaii.com/big-island/gardens/liliuokalanigardens.php.

National Park Service. “Pu`Uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service).” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.nps.gov/puho/index.htm.

Program, Volcano Hazards. “Volcano Hazards Program HVO Kīlauea.” USGS, volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/.


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About Suzie Veldman

I am an elementary school teacher embarking on my first year as a DTL next year. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling and trying new restaurants with my husband and 2 sons.