Honu by the Sea

Surfin’ and Singin’ with the
Coolest Creatures of the Sea

Take a mesmerizing musical journey with Kainoa, a Waikiki Beach Boy, as he meets Malia the Honu and her amazing ocean friends. With colorful costumes, lively songs, and an all Hawaii cast, Honu by the Sea promises to entertain audiences of all ages.

From MidWeek:
The undersea journey follows Waikiki beach boy Kainoa (Kaipo Leopoldino) as he is introduced to sparkling young honu Malia (Madison Eror) and her many lovable friends. Together, they teach Kainoa about becoming a steward of the ocean.
Honu is an evolving production, says Enos: “We’re testing the material to see what flows right. We’re probably going to do a third version next summer, and the villain Slicker (an oil slick) is really going to come to life.”
Enos says ideally the show will be longer than its current hour time slot and, though some action flows out into the audience, the final production would have sets interspersed through the audience to give it even more of an underwater feel.
Most important, “We really want children coming to the show because they tell the real story,” notes Enos. “They’re mesmerized. They sit still without talking through the whole hour.”
The fantasy Enos has created is so animated and visually captivating that the message about caring for our ocean is bound to hook imaginative, young viewers. If he had a line of Honu stuffed animals and products, they’d sell out after every show.
the TICKET stub
HONU BY THE SEA
When: July 31, Aug. 8 and 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Monarch Room at the Royal Hawaiian
Cost: 15-$20
More Info: 554-1777, honubythesea.com

Created and composed by JOHNSON ENOS

Kainoa is a typical, teen-aged local-boy, who loves to surf. His friends call him, “WAIKIKI BEACH BOY”. Things like household chores and cleaning up the environment hold no interest for him. As a child he received a PEARLY SHELL necklace from his grandparents that glows every time he experiences a good deed.

One day after surfing, he discovers a starfish that has washed up on the beach. Before returning the starfish to the sea, he makes a wish – to be totally free to live in the ocean for just one day – then falls asleep on the beach. The starfish, thankful for being returned to the sea, grants Kainoa his wish (IMAGINE).

When Kainoa awakes, he is in the midst of various creatures that inhabit the Hawaiian reef, including the MANINI and the beautiful Honu or sea turtle, Malia, who sings her anthem of freedom, HONU BY THE SEA. Malia serves as Kainoa’s guide and her first introduction is to the shellfish ‘Opihi, who are doing their normal duty of cleaning the reef while wishing that people who played in and around the ocean had a little more COMMON SENSE when it came to disposing their garbage.

Kainoa then meets Hoopy, the monk seal who has news that Malia’s mother, Lehua, was caught in a current and ensnared in a net. The word is that she is trapped in a cave in the northern Hawaiian islands. They all make the decision to rescue Lehua with the help of some of the other reef dwellers, one of whom is Hula Hoop, everyone’s BEST FRIEND, and the coolest octopus in the sand. They also enlist the help of ‘A’AMA CRAB, knowing that his one big claw will come in handy. Kainoa starts to miss his friends and family, but is able to find strength in the thought that he is ALREADY HOME.

They all must first swing by the Coral Reef Theater (HULA OPENER), to recruit HULA HOOP, who performs there regularly. The group travels north and rescues Lehua who encourages the friends to REMEMBER when the oceans were free of debris. Before the day ends and Kainoa is forced to return to land, his new friends invite him to go SOARIN’ in their annual race around the reef.

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