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The Kahilu Theatre is committed to supporting the arts as a vital part of our children’s education.  To that end, Kahilu sponsors a series of youth arts education programs throughout the year aimed at serving youth between the ages of 5-18. Our youth arts education program includes:

Youth Shows: 

Each year Kahilu invites thousands of K-12 students into the Theatre to see world-class performances and takes performers from around the world into public schools across the Island to offer mini-performances, workshops, and master classes. See below for the "Youth Guidelines." The "Registration Form" for the fall will be availalbe at the end of the summer.


A collaboration with the Waimea Middle School that brings performers and artists into the local public school to conduct workshops in a variety of media ranging from hip hop dance to fine art and film-making. Registration for fall K(Arts) will open at the end of the summer. 

This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Summer Arts Program
The acclaimed Summer Arts program is a five-week summer program offered to children from 6 to 12 years of age. This exceptional program combines performing arts and science intensives aimed at giving participants an early and dynamic first-hand experience of a liberal arts education.  With a different theme each year, Summer Arts exposes our keiki to activities ranging from gardening to sailing, world cuisine to visual arts, and dancing to cultural practices. The program can handle up to 30 students and scholarships are offered for those with financial need. 
The Summer Arts 2014 program was made possible through the generous support of The Dorrance Family Foundation, Delphina & Bennett Dorrance, and Laurie & Jack Goldstein.

Keiki Performing Arts Workshop (KPAW)
“Keiki Performing Arts Workshop" is a FREE two-week Summer musical theatre performing arts camp for students entering grades 3-6. Applications for the 2015 KPAW will be available in early summer 2015.
Founded in 2011, KPAW introduces children to different aspects of the performing arts. After a physical warm-up, students participate in numerous acting games that involve physical awareness, improvisation and quick thinking. They rehearse music numbers each day, learning lyrics, tunes and dances for the numbers. Students also do theatre related arts and crafts, including: costuming and set design. At the end of the camp, the keiki perform for their family and friends.

KPAW was founded by Marena Dunnington and the teens of the Teen Theatre Troupe, now called the Kahilu Youth Theatre Troupe. Marena says: "Art is so important to childhood development and to the well-being of a community, and our hope is to expose the children in our community to as much art as we can so that they can learn and grow from it." 
All of the KPAW teachers are college students pursuing performing art careers. KPAW will also be assisted by high school students from Waimea. Student just need to bring lunch, everything else will be provided by Kahilu Theatre. 

Thank you to our generous Education Program sponsors The Dorrance Family Foundation, The Goldstein Family Charitable Fund, and Dr. Marcia Wishnick and Mr. Stanley Wishnick.

To learn more about our Youth Arts Education Programs or to get involved, contact us at youth "at" kahilutheatre.org or call us at (808) 885-6868.

For information about other classes offered in the Waimea community please go to www.waimeaeducation.com.

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