About the History

ʻŌhiʻa Productions is a non-profit, § 501(c)(3) organization founded in March of 1995 by Lisa Matsumoto and Michael Furuya to provide creative, educational and inspiring theatrical experiences to Hawaiʻi's children and families.


History

About ʻŌhiʻa Productions

ʻŌhiʻa Productions is a non-profit, § 501(c)(3) organization founded in March of 1995 by Lisa Matsumoto and Michael Furuya to provide creative, educational and inspiring theatrical experiences to Hawaiʻi’s children and families. We seek to develop creativity and self expression in Hawaiʻi’s school children while promoting cultural and environmental awareness and education.

Our Educational Road Shows’ entertaining and informative presentation of its environmental themes receives highly positive evaluations from attending students, faculty and environmental organizations. The shows proved to be such a powerful vehicle in educating students and the public about environmental concerns that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) began to sponsor video productions of the shows. The DLNR donates two copies of the videos to every elementary school and library in the State of Hawaiʻi, making these educational shows available to every student in Hawaiʻi.

We also offer our Imagination Soars! program. This program requires student participation and uses creative drama to promote literacy and personal growth through the arts. Using the national standards as a guide, this program addresses multiple learning in the classroom and builds verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Students are encouraged to express themselves in fun drama activities that promote critical thinking and problem solving. Drama activities also allow students to gain confidence and increased self-esteem. The Imagination Soars! program is an excellent introduction or follow-up to the Educational Road Shows as drama sessions cover topics directly related to the themes of the touring shows offered.

The ‘Ohana Program creates enjoyable entertainment for Hawaiʻi’s families and visitors, providing an excellent vehicle for families to spend quality time together. The mission of the ‘Ohana Program productions is to create entertaining, meaningful and inspiring theatrical experiences for audiences of all ages. The ‘Ohana Program also serves as a vehicle to nurture and showcase local talent as productions are created, developed and performed by local artists. The program is also dedicated to serving Hawaiʻi’s community as many of the shows have local themes which appeal to Hawaiʻi audiences. These productions also provide a “taste of Hawaiʻi” to visitors, showcasing and celebrating the diverse people and customs of our islands, furthering understanding and appreciation of Hawaiʻi’s unique culture while sharing the “spirit of aloha”.