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Grant awarded to Honolulu Theatre for Youth

The $30,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii supports productions to teach lessons on health and well-being.


Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded a $30,000 community benefit grant to Honolulu Theatre for Youth for 3 original theater productions: “SHH,” “Love,” and “The Carp Who Would Not Quit.” The grant will allow HTY to offer performances for underserved students statewide in partnership with Head Start and the Hawaii State Public Library System.

Theater has long been used as a platform for education, raising awareness of public health issues and inspiring people to make healthy choices. HTY’s productions teach children ranging from 2 to 8 years old about the importance of listening, respect, kindness, persistence, resiliency, and self-efficacy. Additional interactive workshops organized by HTY and held at Head Start locations aim to connect families, teachers, and students to community resources and encourage conversations related to physical, behavioral, and emotional wellness. Since 2011, Kaiser Permanente has awarded more than $200,000 in total grants to HTY, which has enabled the organization to reach more than 20,000 teachers, families, and students every year.

“Building healthier communities starts with giving our keiki (children) the resources they need to thrive,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re proud to support HTY’s efforts to engage students through educational theater, giving them the social and emotional tools they need to make better health choices.”

“Our longstanding partnership with Kaiser Permanente allows us to bring theater productions and educational resources to thousands of students,” said Becky Dunning of Honolulu Theatre for Youth. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to use theater as a way to communicate with children and have important conversations about health and wellness.”

About Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) produces professional theatre and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of young people, families and educators in the state of Hawaii. Founded in 1955, HTY is one of the oldest and most respected children’s theatres in the country. HTY has served over 5 million people through school and family performances and drama education programs. Over 300 new plays for young audiences have been commissioned by HTY.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

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