A feast for the senses

Why do we eat what we eat? Where do we grow what we eat? Why does that even matter?

The Honolulu Theatre for Youth answers those questions in its hit multi-media musical, “GRINDS: The Story of Food in Hawaii.” 

“GRINDS represents HTY’s belief in using performance as a tool to connect the myriad different groups and issues in Hawaii: food, culture, health, diversity, the benefits of trying something new, the importance of keeping things close to the source,” Artistic Director Eric Johnson said. “All of this comes together in one incredibly energetic, hilarious, insightful piece that we hope will get children and families thinking in new ways about the food that nourishes us.”

A Kauai performance of the musical begins at 7 tonight at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Puhi. 

GRINDS is an HTY company-created piece focusing on everyone’s favorite subject — food in Hawaii. 

Starting in ancient times, traveling through plantation days, and ending up right here in the present, HTY actors guide audiences through an epic food journey featuring music, video and humor.

They’ll meet Hāloanakalaukapalili, the first kalo plant, explore what it means to “chance ‘um” with some goofy plantation workers, and take a trip to Ecuador with a very busy banana.

Tickets cost $10 for all ages and are available at www.htyweb.org, by calling (808) 839-9885 ext. 720, or at the door.

GRINDS actors include Alvin Chan, Maile Holck, Lavour Addison and Junior Tesoro. Set, props and light design is by David Gerke, video design is by Chesley Cannon, costume design is by Sandra Payne and sound design is by Max Louie.

Show sponsors are the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Omidyar Foundation, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth is Hawaii’s nonprofit professional theatre company providing theatre and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s young people and families.

Founded in 1955, HTY is recognized as one of America’s most honored theatres.


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