The PaʻaKai We Bring
Pīpī holo kaʻao. Sprinkled, the tale travels far.
Created by Moses Goods and the HTY Ensemble
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.
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 culture, language and traditions of this place.
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.
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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.
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If you would like to support this work please contact HTY’s Managing Director, Becky Dunning at email@example.com.
‘We have been so fortunate to work with a variety of partners and funders on the creation of content for this project.
National Endowment for the Arts
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts
Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness
American Savings Bank
Playhouse Square Foundation Ulupono Initiative
Support this work
If you would like to support this work or other HTY Projects please contact HTY’s Managing Director, Becky Dunning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Scroll down for videos of the Salt Ponds.
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
Moses Goods (lead)
Mattea Mazzella and HTY Ensemble
Emily Wright and Iris Kim
Technical Direction/Prop Design
Haku Mele (Hula)
Ryan I. Kahaʻiʻōlelo Sueoka
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.