Kahilu Theatre Offering Youth Performing Arts Summer Camps

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Youth perform their final show during the 2016 KPAW camp. Photo by David T. Cole, courtesy of Kahilu Theatre.

Kahilu Theatre will offer three performing arts summer camps for Hawai‘i Island youth this summer. The camps are: Let’s Dance!, Adventures in Polynesia, and KPAW (Keiki Performing Arts Workshop).

All camps will run from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and will conclude with a final performance. See descriptions below for exact dates.

The fee to attend is $230 for each camp. Scholarships are available and the deadline to apply is May 28. Scholarship awards will be announced on June 5.

Registration is available online at www.kahilutheatre.org and up to 30 students will be accepted per camp. Students should bring a packed lunch from home during each day of the camp. 


Let’s Dance!

Led by KPAC Director, Angel Prince, Let’s Dance! teaches dance techniques and choreography in the genres of contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop and jazz. The two-week camp also includes daily Pilates and yoga classes as foundations for strength and flexibility. There are additional courses for acting, anatomy, choreography and improvisation, stage makeup and Salsa.

Let’s Dance! will run from June 19 to 30, and conclude with student performances for the community on Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m. The class is open to students ages 7 to 16.

Adventures in Polynesia


Adventures in Polynesia will immerse students in a live theatre performance involving acrobatics, tumbling, vaulting and aerial silks. Led by director Kalena Ohilo, the play is inspired by the motion picture “Moana” and fuses Polynesian music with dance and movement. In addition, students will create their own “Moana skirt” and Maori poi balls.

The Adventures in Polynesia camp will run from July 3 to 14, and wrap up with a student performance for the community on Friday, July 14, at 5 p.m. It is open to students ages 5 to 12.

Note – No class will be held on July 4. A makeup class is scheduled for Saturday, July 8.

KPAW (Keiki Performing Arts Workshop)


Directed by former Kahilu Youth Troupe member, Marena Dunnington, KPAW will focus on the primary stage skills for musical theatre including singing, acting and dancing. Classes in playwriting and storytelling, makeup, improvisation, accents and dialects will also be offered.

KPAW will run from July 17 to 28, and close out with a student performance for the community on Friday, July 28, at 5 p.m. It is open to students ages 7 to 12, or rising 3rd through 6th graders.

For more information about the Kahilu Performing Arts Camps call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at (808) 885-6868.

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