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Kaiser Permanente and Honolulu Theatre for Youth Set the Stage For Keiki to Thrive

Kaiser Permanente and Honolulu Theatre for Youth Set the Stage For Keiki to Thrive

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HONOLULU , Hawaii — December 4, 2017 — The Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) performed the original production “Ouch!” to preschoolers, parents and teachers at Lanakila Headstart today. The theatrical production shares valuable lessons about emotional and behavioral health and was funded with a $20,000 community benefit grant from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.  

“Ouch!” tells the story of a brother & sister who set out on an adventure to heal others and uses core behavioral health concepts to teach children about empathy. The production will be performed at pre schools and libraries across the state and the program will reach more than 16,000 children with lessons about effective communication for emotional and physical pain. Additionally, the grant will fund interactive workshops and classroom activities to engage students in healthy, hands-on learning in support of total health — caring for the body, mind and spirit.

“Our mission is to use drama to make a positive impact on the lives of Hawaii’s keiki,” said Becky Dunning, managing director, Honolulu Theatre for Youth. “Kaiser Permanente’s generous supportenables us to use the power of live theater to allow children to see the world from the perspective of other people and develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”

About Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) believes drama education and theatre are unique, socially-based education and art forms that help participants and audiences walk in the shoes of others, allowing them to expand their imaginations, enrich their lives and discover the infinite possibilities in the world. HTY works towards a future for Hawaii in which people are culturally literate and imaginative, are critical thinkers and inventive problem solvers, with a respect for history and a sense of place in a complex world. http://www.htyweb.org/

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 Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal 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 Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

Here's a link to view & download a VNR of today's performance of "Ouch" by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/y2hi73ekfguup7f/HTY_KPHawaii_Lanakila_HeadStart_Ouch_VNR.mp4?dl=0

Video Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

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