The Pa’akai We Bring—Honolulu Theatre for Youth

A multi-generational play exploring the Native Hawaiian relationship to pa‘akai (salt) with ancient stories, hula and music

This original production introduces audiences to the Native Hawaiian relationship with pa‘akai (salt). Traditionally, pa‘akai is food, medicine, a sacrament and a treasured gift. The play follows a family with multiple generations of salt farmers on Kauai, mixing in ancient stories, hula, live music, original songs and plenty of audience participation into a tasty potluck of performance, joyously served up with aloha.

The Pa’akai We Bring, presented by Honolulu Theatre for Youth, was created in partnership with the Bishop Museum and cultural elders and leaders. It is intended for a multi-generational audience, so audience members young and old can have this restorative experience together. This project was awarded the NEFA Theatre Project Creation Grant in 2021 and is touring nationally in the 2023–24 season.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) produces professional theatre and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of young people, families and educators in the state of Hawaii. Founded in 1955, HTY is one of the oldest and most respected children’s theatres in the country. HTY has served over five million people through school and family performances and drama education programs. Over 300 new plays for young audiences have been commissioned by HTY. HTY believes that drama education and theatre are unique, socially-based education and art forms, which help participants and audiences walk in the shoes of others, allowing them to expand their imaginations, enrich their lives and discover the infinite possibilities in the world.

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2024 The Pa'akai We Bring: Honolulu Theatre for Youth school guide–Kindergarten to 2nd gradrs
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