Healthy school tours

LIHUE — Kaiser Permanente’s live Educational Theatre Program brought its traveling show, “The Amazing Food Detective,” to King Kaumualii and Kilauea elementary schools Monday.

The show, which included seven student actors from the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei, marked Kaiser Permanente ETP’s inaugural performances on the Garden Isle, with two more performances scheduled today at Eleele Elementary and Kalaheo Elementary.

“Educational theater is a powerful method for teaching students about complex health topics,” said Rachelle Amparo, artistic director at the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei and drama instructor at Kapolei High School. “Characters and stories create a more accessible message for young minds, helping them to instill healthy habits at an early age.”

“The Amazing Food Detective” was developed in partnership with Kaiser Permanente health experts, schools and health organizations to share age-appropriate messages on the importance of healthy nutrition and physical activity. The interactive play combines catchy music and simple lyrics for an engaging and educational experience for elementary students. It has been performed in schools across the state for nearly 10 years.

ETP has partnered with Castle High School since 2006, and Kapolei High School since 2009, to provide student actors the opportunity to bring educational theater to keiki. In 2014, ETP reached more than 10,700 Hawaii children and adults with 36 performances, workshops and events on Oahu and neighboring islands.

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