Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

Po’okela Awards 2018: UHM Kennedy Theatre, Students and Faculty Honored

Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council Announces the 2017-2018 Poʻokela Award Recipients at Stars’ Night Out

Rachael Uyeno and Jorin Young in performance at the 2018 Stars Night Out Pookela Award Gala
Rachael Uyeno and Jorin Young in performance at the 2018 Stars’ Night Out Po’okela Award Gala

Kennedy Theatre Productions as well as individual UHM Theatre faculty and students were honored with awards for excellence at the 2017-2018 Season Po’okela Awards on Monday, August 6th at a gala which took place at Koʻolau Ballrooms & Conference Center in Kaneohe.  The formal event included a full buffet dinner and featured live musical performances from some of the star-studded theatre productions seen around the state this year. Masters of Ceremony were Keoki Kerr and Jodi Leong. The Poʻokela Awards have recognized excellence in local theatre since 1984. Under the Poʻokela Awards adjudication process, a panel of three adjudicators selects honorees in twenty-three different theatre arts categories spanning: producing, directing, performing, design, and technical theatre.  Awards are given for excellence in each category. The adjudicators may also recognize excellence outside these categories through discretionary awards.

Awards for UHM Kennedy Theatre Productions and/or

Department Faculty and Students:

Excellence in Service Award

Melisa Orozco Vargas, Theatre for Young Audiences Graduate Student

Pierre Bowman Award

Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak

Excellence in Theatrical Design Award

HAIR, WIG, MAKEUP DESIGN

Hannah Schauer Galli (Costume Shop Manager and Lecturer) and Yan Ma (PhD Student) for Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies at Kennedy Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN

Christopher Patrinos (as Lighting Design Graduate Student) for The Spitfire Grill at Kennedy Theatre

Christopher Patrinos (as UHM Lighting Design MFA Recipient)  for Beyond Therapy at Chaminade University Performing Arts

Jonah Bobilin (UHM Undergraduate Student) for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Chaminade University Performing Arts

SET DESIGN

Rachel Filbeck (as Scenic Design Graduate Student) for The Spitfire Grill at Kennedy Theatre

SOUND DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

Brian Shevelenko (Faculty) and Alten Kiakona (Undergraduate Student) for The Spitfire Grill at Kennedy Theatre

Excellence in Performance Awards

FEATURED MALE IN A PLAY

Donovan Oakleaf (Graduate Student in Performance) for Nora at Kennedy Theatre

FEATURED FEMALE IN A PLAY

Malia Wessel (Undergraduate Student) for Nora at Kennedy Theatre

LEADING FEMALE IN A PLAY

Christine Lamborn (Graduate Student in Performance) for Nora at Kennedy Theatre

Stacy Ray (Faculty) for The Seagull at Hawaii Shakespeare Festival

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL

The cast of The Spitfire Grill at UHM Kennedy Theatre

SPECIAL ADJUDICATOR AWARDS

Yan Ma (PhD candidate) and Mark Branner (Faculty) for the Young Audiences Guide for Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies at Kennedy Theatre

DIRECTOR OF NON-TRADITIONAL PRODUCTION

Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak/Mark Branner (both Faculty) for Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies at Kennedy Theatre

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Stacy Ray (Faculty) for Nora at Kennedy Theatre

Overall Production Excellence Awards

OVERALL NON-TRADITIONAL PRODUCTION

Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies at Kennedy Theatre

OVERALL PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

Nora at Kennedy Theatre

Several member theatres provided live performances during the gala, including: Chaminade University Performing Arts with “Green Finch and Linnet Bird/Ah, Miss” from Sweeney Todd, performed by Riley Noland and Gabriel Giasolli and accompanied by Linda Asahina; Kumu Kahua Theatre with “The View of a Kupuna and Missile Threat” from 38 Minutes performed by Wally Wake and Ruby O’Malley; TAG- The Actors Group with “Rockin Jerusalem” from Choir Boy and performed by: Jarren Amain, Darian Aquino, Sam Tafolo; UHM Kennedy Theatre with “The Colors of Paradise” from The Spitfire Grill, performed by Jorin Young and Rachael Uyeno and accompanied by Ike Webster; Manoa Valley Theatre with “Ring of Keys” from Fun Home performed by Ember Isabello; Diamond Head Theatre with “Better with a Man” from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder performed by Garrett Hols and Zachary Linnert and accompanied by Darcie Yoshinaga; and finally Paliku Theatre with “Hello Young Lovers” from The King and I, performed by Kathleen Stuart.

About Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council

Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council was created in 1970 and has been serving Hawaiʻi’s theatre community by promoting excellence in live theatre and facilitating theatre collaboration ever since. Participating theatres include All The World’s A Stage, Aloha Performing Arts Company, Chaminade University Performing Arts, Diamond Head Theatre, EPOCH, Hawaiian Mission Houses, Hawaiʻi, Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre, Maui OnStage, Mid-Pacific Theatre Program, Paliku Theatre, PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theatre Company, TAG – The Actors’ Group, Leeward Theatre, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Windward Readers’ Theatre.

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