- THE PA’AKAI WE BRING
THE PA’AKAI WE BRING
This original production by Honolulu Theatre for Youth introduces young audiences to the Native Hawaiian cultural values by exploring their relationship to pa'akai (salt).
Inspired by the real-life stories of the twenty-six Hawaiian families who have tended the Hanapēpē salt beds for generations on the island of Kauaʻi, the production celebrates the ancient and modern practices around pa-akai where, traditionally, pa‘akai is valued as food, medicine, a sacrament, and a treasured gift. The ensemble mixes 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 stories are specific to Hawaii, but universal questions emerge:
- What makes a place special?
- What traditions and values live within the land and community?
- What gifts does each member bring?
- And how does a community protect their home and culture while also sharing it?
Social Studies, 21st Century Skills, Music, Theater, Dance
Teachers will be granted access to supplemental materials to help students prepare for and to reflect on their experience at the theater. Materials are generally available four-six weeks before the performance.
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