Testimonials

The following are representations of the hundreds of testimonials received from our Teacher Evaluation Sheets that are submitted after each Educational Road Show performance. Scroll down further for some of the Students' comments regarding the show and what they have learned and experienced from it.


What Teachers Have Said

Excellent! The presentation really helped my students focus on the importance of preserving our Hawaiian forests and inhabitants. They speak highly of the actors (funny), the content (interesting), and the medium (some are interested in getting involved in the theater!!!) HANAHOU!!!! Please enjoy copies of student reflections.

- Kealani Kekoa, Waimalu Elementary School, Grade 6

We have always been impressed with the way you’re able to teach the students about our environment and the issues concerning our environment. The use of music and costume was effective in holding students’ attention as well as in providing more information. Students loved the presentation and left with knowledge which will impact their future behavior. Look forward to next year’s production!!

- K. Sproles, Mililani Uka Elementary School, Grade 4

Our students were very impressed with your performance. They not only enjoyed the theatrical side, but also came away with new information about sea creatures in the reef and a clear understanding about the value and importance of each element of the reef! Thanks for sharing your talent and teaching our students how to value the environment!

- Mrs. Tsukamoto, Hahaione Elementary School, Grade 1

I was very impressed! Not only was the acting, dancing & singing entertaining, but your messages came across well, also. The children and I really enjoyed your performance. I heard that in the past you allowed children to ask questions after the plays. I think my class would have liked to participate in that!

- Sumi Matsumura, Hahaione Elementary School, Grade 2

This was one of the best environmental performances I have seen. The actors projected in a way that kept the Kindergartners on the edge of their seats, laughing and clapping at appropriate times.

- Carol O’Shaugnessy, Kilauea Elementary School, Kindergarten

Excellent message on how things that affect the forest, affects all living things down to the sea (how everything is connected). The “cause and effect” lesson was especially meaningful and the way the actors summarized it with their posters made a visual and lasting impression in our minds. The story about the native birds and why their numbers are dwindling made an impact through song and the elimination of each species. Nice tie in with fairy tale stories that the children can relate to. The play was meaningful, exciting, stimulating and fun! Awesome job! This play touches the hearts and minds of people of all ages.

- Janice S. Espiritu, Kaunakakai Elementary School, Grade 4

What an excellent way to get an academically packed message across!! We all loved the performance. What a creative way to show the differences of each area! Thank you for an entertaining and educational performance.

- Susan Kam, Kipapa Elementary School, Grade 5

Excellent presentation! Children were fascinated by the performance (costume and use of song). Great lesson on cause and effect. They now understand this reading skill and are applying it to stories they are reading. Excellent message of maintaining balance and harmony in nature and their awareness and participation to protect & preserve our rain forests.

- L. Paik, Kilauea Elementary, Grade 3

This performance was the absolutely, positively most wonderful, most effective, most appropriately humorous presentation I have seen with my class in 9 years of teaching.

- Karta Rowan, Hanalei Elementary School, Grade 4

This was one of the best presentations that I’ve seen for school groups! The children learned a lot because it was presented in such an entertaining way. There was a great mix of “talk”, acting, singing, etc. I would highly recommend this production. The children’s responses were all very positive and I have never seen them more enthusiastic and involved as an audience before. My hats off to the four performers as well as the story writers and prop makers!

- Laura Takara, Mililani Waena Elementary School, Grade 1

I had a few students tell me that this was the “best assembly we ever had”. Their acting was great and they presented the info in a humorous and easy-to-remember manner.

- Mark Sinclair, Kaunakakai Elementary School, Grade 6

The children and I really enjoyed your presentation! The actors and actresses did a wonderful job of teaching the children about preserving our environment. The children loved the upbeat songs, beautiful costumes, fashion show and the humor! Thank you very much for coming! We’d love to have you come back!

- Joni Fujita, Liholiho Elementary School, Grade 1

The students were very attentive and thoroughly enjoyed the program. The performance helped to reinforce the importance or taking care of our oceans. It also emphasized individual uniqueness. Mahalo for coming to share with our keikis.

- A. Asano, Mililani Uka Elementary School, Grade 4

Categories – A+++ for each area! Thoroughly enjoyed by children and adults. Taught concepts in a fun manner. Excellent visuals … the props were great. Performers are very talented. Their enthusiasm established good rapport with youngsters. Great music.

- Karen Fujii, Ewa Beach Elementary School – Kindergarten

I enjoyed the information and images you presented. It tied in well to 4th grade Hawaiian Studies curriculum, and it was fun. I always look forward to presentations by ‘Ohi’a Prod., Inc. because I know it will be the best on 2 levels: informative and entertaining!

- Marjorie Tupper, Nu’uanu Elementary School, Grade 4

The teacher packet (incl. synopsis) greatly aided me to prepare the class for the play. In turn, the students gained a better understanding of your messages. Students are still talking about the play and are relating it to our studies.

- D. Hirata, Kapunahala Elementary School, Grade 4

Excellent! Both informative and entertaining! Wonderful costumes! Comments from students: Please come again! Your show was funny! You guys act great! I enjoyed watching your show especially the comedy parts! You guys project well and have good pronunciation! Thank you for coming! We learned a lot.

- Corinne Kalilikane, Kipapa Elementary School, Grade 4

My class and I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. What a wonderful way for children to learn about Hawai’i’s endangered flora and fauna. The acting was superb as well as the unique and colorful costumes. You are always welcome back for a command performance. What showmanship!

- Patsy Roberts, Kipapa Elementary School, Grade 4

High level of content easily adapted into our 4th grade curriculum. Kept students interested and excited throughout the play. EXCEPTIONAL performance.

- Audrey Kido, Kapunahala Elementary School, Grade 4

The play was a wonderfully, imaginative way to covey to the children the importance of taking care of the Hawaiian plants and animals. They could see how special Hawai’i’s environment truly is. We always enjoy the performances tremendously!

- C. Lee, Ma’ema’e Elementary School – Kindergarten

Wonderful performance!! Great way to show cause and effect, and still be able to laugh. Good creative medium: songs, dance, props were very effective in covering such an important aspect of our ‘aina. Students were totally engrossed and had a wonderful time “learning”!!

- Christiane McGuire, Kaunakakai, Elementary School, Grade 4

It was awesome! These kinds of plays are really effective. It’s such a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to plays and productions. The message about saving our rain forest was very clear. I’d love to see more of these performances here on Molokai.

- E. Ashitomi, Kaunakakai Elementary School – Counselor

Thank you for sharing your talents with us today! We appreciate your enthusiasm and support and are grateful to your troop’s flexibility in performing on a weekend. You have touched many today with your gift of talents.

- Darryl, Hawai’i Environmental Education Association

The children had a wonderful time learning about the sea. They got so involved and wanted to help the characters by telling them when the shark was coming. I even had a couple of children give a standing ovation at the end. They loved it!!!

- Hongwanji Mission School, Preschool thru Grade 3

We’ve always been pleased with the perfomers and their performances. The children and teachers were involved in the performance. It always amazes and impresses me what a captivating and informative presentation can be given with such simple props and background. Kudos to the performers and to the playwright. Besides the music, the humor that weaves its way through the play has been my favorite! (I’ve had tears running down my face because I’m laughing so hard!) Thank you!!

- Evie Gallagher, Punahou School, Grade 1

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What Students Have Said

I will help by making new laws to protect plants, animals and their habitat.

- Ian Mopas

They told us about the different kinds of plants and animals and where they lived and how to help the plants and animals. I will not pull out a plant and kill it or step too close and damage the roots of the plant.

- Melissa Miyashiro

I will try to conserve water and not pull out any plants in the forest.

- K. Sakuma

Thank you for coming to our school and teaching us about saving trees. I’ve learned that wherever you are don’t destroy nature by saving paper. Conserve water and take care of the environment. When you turn on water and leave it on for a long time, think about all the plants and animals that need the water too. I think everyone learned the lesson and will protect the environment.

- Britney Honma, Grade 4

Thank you for the wonderful play you put on “Under the Hawaiian Sky”. I learned that you should not pollute, but should take care of your environment. You should take care of endangered animals and plants so they can multiply. We should save our water so plants can grow big and strong so we can have things like paper, medicine, and thing like that. I learned a lot and thank you for the marvelous play.

- Cara Nakagawa

I will help by making new laws to protect plants, animals and their habitat.

- Ian Mopas

They told us about the different kinds of plants and animals and where they lived and how to help the plants and animals. I will not pull out a plant and kill it or step too close and damage the roots of the plant.

- Melissa Miyashiro

I will try to conserve water and not pull out any plants in the forest.

- K. Sakuma

Thank you for coming to our school and teaching us about saving trees. I’ve learned that wherever you are don’t destroy nature by saving paper. Conserve water and take care of the environment. When you turn on water and leave it on for a long time, think about all the plants and animals that need the water too. I think everyone learned the lesson and will protect the environment.

- Britney Honma, Grade 4

Thank you for the wonderful play you put on “Under the Hawaiian Sky”. I learned that you should not pollute, but should take care of your environment. You should take care of endangered animals and plants so they can multiply. We should save our water so plants can grow big and strong so we can have things like paper, medicine, and thing like that. I learned a lot and thank you for the marvelous play.

- Cara Nakagawa

Thank you for putting on a great show for our school. My favorite part of the show was when the turtles performed. I learned a lot of stuff like take only the fishes you need and let the small ones grow up. I never knew that sharks helped out that much but now I know that sharks aren’t so bad as I thought they were before. The costumes were cool. If I see rubbish in the water I’ll get rid of it to keep our ocean clean as possible.

- Allen Losbog, Grade 5

Thank you for the play. I like the play that I could see it 100 times. Thank you for coming to our school. Are you coming next year? When I grow up I want to be in the play that you showed me and my class.

- Clay

Thank you for coming to our school to do “Under the Hawaiian Sky”. We liked the play because you had nice songs. Your voices are beautiful!! We felt happy when we watched your show! It was funny! We learned about Hawaii and nature. We learned to take care of plants and birds. Some of the birds in Hawaii are endangered. We have a question. Do you practice a lot? Everything in your show was special because all of you were in it. You did a maika’i job!

- Liholiho Elementary School First Graders

I enjoyed watching “Under the Hawaiian Sky”. The part of the play I liked best was learning how to take care of the world.

- Evan

Thank you for teaching us about the different mountain zones and showing us different creatures and how they survive. It was a creative and fun way to learn.

- Kalihi Elementary

Thank you for taking time for us. I really appreciate it. I loved the whole thing. It’s hard for me to decide. I think I like when one of you dressed up as a fish and taught us. But I also really like the birds. Thanks again, I really enjoyed it.

- Tiffany Rush

This is the best play I ever saw in the whole world. I wish you can do it all over again. That was so good I wonder how you got that idea. Thank you for doing that play.

- Andy Sagucio

Thank you for the show. I loved the show. I also learned alot from your show like how to keep the beach clean also to catch only what you need.

- Chase Shikada

Thank you for teaching us about the ocean. I learned not to pollute and I learned sign language. I learned not to step on coral and to put nature back where it belongs. I hope you can come next year. I hope you will be healthy everyday.

- Thomas Jaeun Sin

Thank you for coming to show us the play. I learned that together we can save the reef. I liked the Lion fish and the Green sea turtle. The manini was very funny because he screamed while he was running. I thought sharks were not helpful but they are. I also learned to keep balance in the ocean.

- Ho Joon Cha

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