Keiki Stage Program

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SteveSongs aka Mr. Steve

10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. Saturday April 30
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Sunday May 1
4 p.m. Sunday May 1. Main Stage

Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past fifteen years. Steve has delighted audiences throughout the country, including at prestigious venues like Symphony Space in New York City, Wolftrap in Vienna VA, the Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington, D.C., and Fenway Park in Boston. Anyone who’s attended a SteveSongs concert appreciates Steve’s ability to connect with his audience – from the exuberant children flocking towards the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing and grooving along. It’s no wonder he's been called a modern day Pied Piper!

Steve is also "Mr. Steve," co-host of the PBS KIDS, which features the popular shows Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Super Why, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That and Peg + Cat. Steve performs original interactive songs that reinforce the day’s curriculum theme. Steve recently released his latest CD Orangutan Van (2014) which can be heard regularly on Sirius XM Radio.

Steve wrote his first children’s song back in 1997 for his brother, then a first grade teacher. Positive feedback and inspiration quickly followed, leading Steve to record his first album, Morning ’Til Night, in 1999. That same year Steve left his job as a business consultant with Accenture to pursue this adventure full time. Fifteen years and 8 albums later, Steve has performed at over 3000 shows across the country. He’s won numerous prestigious awards, including 2 Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, a Nappa Honor, 2 iParenting Media Awards, and 2 Children’s Music Web Awards. His critically acclaimed CD is Marvelous Day (2006). Combining his two passions, music and kids, has yielded what Steve calls “the coolest job ever.”

Paliku Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA)

10:30 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., Saturday April 3

The Paliku Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA), directed by John-Paul (“J-P”) Tai, has been creating quality, family-centered and professional musical productions since its inception in 2007. PAPA is proud to create a safe environment, where youth can find and cultivate their love and respect for the arts. Fueled by their motto, "empower, engage, educate", PAPA has traveled across the country with its various Touring Companies of performers, ages 7 and up. This year, they will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with their newest partner, the historic Hawai'i Theatre Center from July 20 - 26. We continue to push our students to always do their best and we look forward to another season of working with talented youth from across the island!

The Storytellers

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Jeff Gere

Jeff Gere blends talents as painter, puppeteer, and mime into performances which have electrified audiences in Hawaii for 25 years. Jeff's physical energy, morphing elastic face and voice characterizations make his shows events. Jeff becomes his stories

Jeff retired last year from the Parks Department, where he produced the Talk Story Festival, Hawaii’s biggest storytelling celebration (26 years!), Story TV (monthly, 20 years), Talk Story Radio (2 years, weekly shows), story camps & conferences. He performs constantly.

Born on Halloween, recent tours include Thailand, India & Romania (2015), Australia, India & China (2016) Hong Kong, Taiwan, Turkey, Vancouver & the Yukon.

Mark Jeffers

Mark Jeffers is the producer and co-star of 'The Russell the Rooster Show', a locally produced T.V. program that is now in its' 19th great year on cable television statewide in Hawai`i. Mr. Jeffers has performed for tens of thousands of children and adults as a Teller of Tales. Mark is the Executive Director of the Storybook Theatre and offers historic walking tours in Hanapepe, KLauai.


Margaret Read MacDonald

Margaret Read MacDonald is known for her playful folktale retellings. Her audience-participation tales engage the entire audience. Her folktale picture books are a family delight! Her work draws on her Ph.D. in Folklore, her years working with children’s literature (including two years on the Oahu bookmobiles Holo Holo Akamai and Tusitala!) and her storytelling travels to over 60 countries.


Kathy Collins

Actress, storyteller, broadcaster and freelance writer Kathy Collins began performing at the age of 13. Raised on Maui, she often calls on her pidgin-speaking alter ego, “Tita,” during her weeklystorytelling sessions at Makena Resort. Collins and Tita have performed at festivals across the U.S. and Canada, including the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Project in New York City.

Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang

11:15 a.m. Saturday April 30 Main Stage
1 p.m. Saturday April 30 Keiki Stage

Born in Honolulu, Michael Pili Pang began dancing hula as a youngster, and later studied under Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamamalu Klein, as well as master chanter Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele. In 1986 Michael opened Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau on the Big Island, and later in 2002 he added a second hālau in Honolulu. With his hālau hula (hula and performing group), Pang combines the folklore of the Hawaiian Islands with traditional hula, styling, music, and chant to present emotional and stirring performances that are sure to impress audiences. Pang explores both the traditional styles of his hula genealogy, and creates new hulas based on Hawaiian tradition.

Ed Chevy

Sign Language Entertainer

2 p.m. Saturday April 30

Sign Language is fun and easy to learn, let Ed Chevy shows you something exciting. Ed Chevy is a sign language entertainer who lifts American Sign Language (ASL) to a living art to the beat of classic rock music. He blends visual expression, gesturing, body language followed by visual language for the whole family, friends and visitors to appreciate the art of sign language. Ed has an illustrious career as a multi-celebrated performing artist, with 33 years of constant entertainment in show business.

Bill Sage

Reading Dr. Seuss

2:30 p.m. Saturday April 30

Known as "Hawaii's Man of a Thousand Voices", Bill Sage has been a voice talent professional for over thirty years. He has voiced over 100,000 commercials, bits, promos, and station ID's for virtually every radio and TV station in Hawaii since 1975. He's also performed in over 1500 shows in Hawaii since 1985 as a standup comic, impressionist, and emcee, and is a four time Pele Award winner for excellence in advertising, radio division, and is one of Hawaii's most sought after ad copy and comedy writers. Bill's been the President of the Sage Corporation since 1983--one guy with over a thousand employees, all of whom live in his larynx. Bill is also a composer and lyricist, and is the chief writer for the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist's annual Gridiron Show.


Honu by the Sea—The Musical

10:30 a.m. Sunday May 1

Honu By The Sea is a family-friendly underwater musical fantasy oroducxed by Johnson Enos. The show tells the story of a Waikiki surfer-beachboy who finds a magical sea star that grants him a wish to spend a day under the sea. Kainoa the beachboy meets Malia the honu (sea turtle) along with other fascinating creatures including Hula Hoop the octopus, Shaka the crab, Nalu the toothless tiger shark, Surfy the Hawaiian monk seal and Kapper the sea horse. The Broadway-style musical provides lessons on the value of friendship and the virtues of saving the ocean environment through the magic of theater. The show features colorful costumes, lively choreography, stunning orchestration, and endearing songs that enhance the storytelling.

[Note: The company has been touring, and its costumes are off-island.]

Under the direction of Diamond Head Theatre’s award- winning Artistic Director John Rampage and his talented staff, the Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars feature some of Hawaii’s most talented performers, ages 7-17. The Shooting Stars have entertained audiences for over 20 years with an extensive repertoire of show tunes and choreography. They have performed in New York at City Center, as well as locally at Washington Place, Hilton Hawaiian village, in Jim Nabors’ Christmas show, at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s ‘Ilima Awards, and with the Honolulu Symphony. The Shooting Stars have also staged their own productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Damn Yankees, Cinderella, Hello, Dolly!, Into the Woods, Hairspray, and 42nd Street. This is their 11th appearance at the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival.

Lopaka Kapanui


12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Sunday May 1

Lopaka Kapanui eagerly shares tales of between-world spirits and Hawaiian mythology with locals and visitors alike/ For nearly two decades he has led after-darl tours around the island of ‘Oahu. With ghis theatrical, mesmerizing style, he goves fascinating glimpses into Hawaiian spirituality. Lopaka has published two short story collections, Haunted Hawaiian Nights, and The legend of Morgan's Corner and Other Tales. His third book, Mysteries of Honolulu, is a compilation of stories he shared on Facebook, and is available via as an e-book.

Panel: Two YA novelists

2 p.m. Sunday May 1

Kaui Hart Hemmings

Kaui Hart Hemmings was born and raised in Hawaii. She has degrees from Colorado College and Sarah Lawrence and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, THE DESCENDANTS, has been published in 20 other countries and was made into an Oscar Award-winning film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. She lives in Hawaii.


Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman is an author from Santa Monica, California only miles from State Beach, where her novel Honey Girl takes place. She grew up amidst the Hollywood scene and emerged as an actor in films like Back to the Future and Mr. Mom. Here her love for storytelling was born. Lisa’s YA debut, Honey Girl, was published in 2015, and she’s currently writing the sequel which will hit shelves Spring 2017.

Kapolei PACKids

3 pm Sunday May 1

The Performing Arts Center of Kapolei (PACK) a program for students of all ages. PACK started 2004. PACK is an organization funded through production fees, ticket sales, and outside contributions. Today performing for you is PACKids are very excited with you their performance that they just recently performed at the National Performing Arts Festival in Orlando Florida, they took a top level Superior rating. We took 28 students from ages 7-18.

Kaimuki Performing Arts Center

3:30 p.m. Sunday May 1

Kaimuki High School Performing Arts Center offers classes in acting, music, and technical theater at no cost to public school students all over Oahu. The program’s mission is to develop important life skills including discipline, teamwork, creativity, self-awareness, confidence, focus, and appreciation through the performing arts. One of four Department of Education learning centers for performing arts on Oahu, the program and its productions involve about 160 students per school year. Michael Ng, Director.

Tony Pisculli

Fight Choreography

3:30 pm, Sunday May 1

Tony Pisculli is the co-founder and producer of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, now entering its 14th season. This summer at HSF he will be presenting an experimental version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in invented language. Actually, in two invented languages, one for the Greek court and mechanicals, and another for the fairies.

Tony is also Hawaii’s premiere fight choreographer and has been teaching stage combat and directing fights for more than 20 years. He is a Master Teacher with Dueling Arts International and has choreographed over 100 productions including stage, indie film, opera and burlesque. He is currently living in Hawaii and is a recent graduate of the Stonecoast Creative Writing program.

0thel-lolo -- an abbreviated (think Monty Python meets Reduced Shakespeare) version of the full length production of Othello presented onstage at the Hawaii Theatre by the Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble. This high-energy band of Elizabethan Players will undertake to deliver the gist of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy in a 25-minute rendition. Directed by Eden-Lee Murray.

Spoiler alert: while high poetic moments of the famous tragedy will be included, the overall impact may be less “tragic” than originally intended.