Pono Players 2017

Pono Players 2017

The HCT Peer Education Theatre Troupe

Pono Players is a peer education troupe of talented young actors who translate serious issues into non-threatening stories that address various problems facing young people on Kauai. As peer educators, they use an innovative approach to teaching that allows teens to relate to the material without feeling like they are being lectured.

Pono Players 2017 will focus on suicide prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk (i.e. risk factors) and increase factors that promote resilience (i.e. protective factors). Ideally, prevention addresses all levels of influence: individual, relationship, community, and societal. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change” (Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/).

Pono Players 2017 will bring together a group of some of Kauai’s most dedicated and passionate young theatre artists who, with the support of grants from the Laura Jane Musser Fund and the Atherton Family Foundation, will work with local and national experts to create a performance and follow-up workshop that address this extremely important issue.

Pono Players have been hard at work:

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Please check out our Handouts and Resources:

Our 2017 Pono Players Theme Song: Written and Recorded by Pierce Bivens and BANDWAGON.



Pono Players Handout

Suicide Prevention Card Game

For more information and to schedule a performance for your group or at your school, please email


Pono Players is made possible through grants from the
Laura Jane Musser Fund
and the
Atherton Family Foundation.