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Leeward Students, Faculty, and Alumni Awarded 2017 HSTC Po‘okela Awards

Leeward Students, Faculty, and Alumni Awarded 2017 HSTC Po‘okela Awards

Congratulations to Leeward Students, Faculty, and Alumni for 2017 HSTC Po‘okela Honors!

It’s been a great season for Leeward Theatre students, faculty, and alumni! Despite having a reduced 42nd Season - and having to pack up and move out of the facility for the ongoing refurbishments and repairs to the building - the students and staff here are still doing some top quality work! These Po‘okela wins, in addition to being recognized by Star-Advertiser readers as the 2nd best theatre in the state for Live Theatre three years in a row, really help to showcase the bold and exciting work being done at The Leeward Theatre.

Any accolades we receive at the Theatre happen in part because of all the hard work the dance, music, and theatre instructors in the Arts & Humanities have put in. A large part of the programming we produce comes directly from them and their students. This is a testament to the talented teachers and learners we have here on campus. 

Congratulations to everyone involved!


Marshall Kealalauae Cressy


Irish Alvarez - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Vinny Bernard - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Gabriel Adam Brading - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Chrystle Chick - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Marshall Cressy  - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Jordan Estioco - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Samantha Fukushima - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Kamalani Gapol - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Vanessa Gloston - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Nygell K. Halvorson - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Kristen Labiano - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Riley Mattison - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Deviana Rodriguez - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

Taylor Turansky - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat


Kirstyn Trombetta, Plantation Plays – Saudade

Courtney Takabayashi, Plantation Plays – Jan Shoda and The Case of the Missing Chicken

Kiki, Plantation Plays – Lost Boy

We also had a number of current faculty, students and alumni win awards for their work at other theatres!

In addition to the award winners, Leeward Community College faculty member, Ashley DeMoville, was the Chair of the Poʻokela Awards Ceremony for the second year in a row. As chair of the event, Ashley organized the entire evening which was attended by over 350 theatre makers from across the state.

About The Poʻokela Awards

The Poʻokela Awards have recognized excellence in local theater since 1984. Under the Poʻokela Awards adjudication process, a panel of three adjudicators selects honorees in twenty-three different theatre arts categories spanning producing, directing, performing, design, and technical theatre.  Awards are given for excellence in each category.  The adjudicators may also recognize excellence outside these categories through discretionary awards.

About The Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council

The Hawaiʻi State Theatre Council was created in 1970 and has been serving Hawaiʻi’s theatre community by promoting excellence in live theatre and facilitating theatre collaboration ever since. Participating theatres include All The World’s A Stage, Aloha Performing Arts Company, Chaminade University Performing Arts, Diamond Head Theatre, Hawaiian Mission Houses, Hawaiʻi Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre, Maui OnStage, Mid-Pacific Theatre Program, Paliku Theatre, PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theatre Company, TAG - The Actors’ Group, The Leeward Theatre, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Windward Readers’ Theatre.

About The Leeward Theatre:

Our ultimate goal here at The Leeward Theatre is to build community through live performance. The more of our community that is allowed to access our events the more likely it is for young people and other individuals to take action to improve their community. Creativity is life affirming – no matter the quality or value of what was created. It is a step toward life; toward adding something to the world that did not exist before. The Leeward Theatre exists as a place where creativity is practiced on a daily basis – where students, community members, and trained artists can engage with and empower one another. This is not just a building on a college campus - it is living breathing extension of the community. It is a place that has the power to inspire, the power to enlighten, and the power to educate.

The Leeward Theatre is currently undergoing a major renovation thanks to the generous support of the Legislature, the Governor, and the University of Hawaii. Although we have a reduced season, we're not completely dark. Come check out the fantastic offerings we have for our 43rd Season!

HTY Fall Drama Program “Myths & Legends and other Tales You Create”

HTY Fall Drama Program “Myths & Legends and other Tales You Create”

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