The PaʻaKai We Bring

Pīpī holo kaʻao.  Sprinkled the tale travels far.

            Hawaiian Proverb

Created by Moses Goods and the HTY Ensemble

The Show

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

 

The Team

Led by HTY Artistic Associate, Moses Goods the HTY creative team traveled to Kauai and spent time working and learning from traditional salt harvesters before creating this project.

We are an ensemble of local theatrical artists and educators who create original work for and about our community.  This project was lead by Native Hawaiians and seeks to honor the cultural, language and traditions of this place.

 

This Page

HTY is creating a live stage production but also a half hour television episode around this subject (coming soon) and a series of educational materials, partner resources and more.   

Show information

Partner information

Educational resources

Program

Order Tickets/Book a Show

The show will run off and on for the next two years, on Oahu, then on a Statewide tour and a wider tour beginning in May 2023.  Click here for more specific dates and details.

Support this work

If you would like to support this work please contact HTY’s Managing Director, Becky Dunning at manager@htyweb.org.

Partners

We have been so fortunate to work with a variety of partners and funders on the creation of content for this project.  

Funders Include:

National Endowment for the Arts
Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts
Hawaii State Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness
American Savings Bank
Playhouse Square Foundation

Support this work

If you would like to support this work or other HTY Projects please contact HTY’s Managing Director, Becky Dunning at manager@htyweb.org.

Educational Resources

We have a lot of resources and materials connected to this show and will be adding more and more as the run continues.  Thank you for your patience as we put these together and get them ready for you.

Resources From Hawaii State Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness 

We know you will enjoy these resources from our value partner.

Hei Video:  Hawaiian String Games

Videos of the Salt Ponds

Program

Theatrical Team

Devising Team

Moses Goods (lead)

Lee Cataluna

Eric Johnson

Pōʻai Lincoln

Lokomaika’i Lipscomb

Mattea Mazzella 

Junior Tessoro

HTY Ensemble/Designers

Performers:

Pōʻai Lincoln

Lokomaika’i Lipscomb

Mattea Mazzella 

Junior Tessoro

Stage Manager

Sarah Danvers

Directors

Moses Goods

Eric Johnson

 

  

 

 

Lead Artist/Creator

Moses Goods

Dramaturg

Lee Cataluna

Visual Designer

Hanalei Marzan

Composers

Mattea Mazzella and HTY Ensemble

Lighting Designer

Stephen Pruitt

Costume Designers

Emily Wright and Iris Kim

Technical Direction/Prop Design

Eric West

Design Consultant

Chesley Cannon

Haku Mele (Hula)

Moses Goods

Pōʻai Lincoln

Lokomaika’i Lipscomb

Hanalei Marzan

Ryan I. Kahaʻiʻōlelo Sueoka

 

 

 

Mahalo

HTY would like to extend a special mahalo to the Nizo, Santos and Nobrega families and all the other salt-makers of Hanapēpē.  Without their ʻike and aloha this project wouldn’t have been possible.

 

 

Check back for more videos and additional information coming soon!