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Inspiring youth through the study, performance and appreciation of theater arts.

Pono Players 2017

Pono Players 2017 Packet for Instruction in the classroom:

Classroom Reference Guide: A helpful guide for teachers using the Pono Players 2017 “Is It a Choice If It’s the Only Choice?” video in their classroom. This guide provides questions to help teachers start a discussion surrounding suicide awareness and prevention with their students.





Is It a Choice If It’s the Only Choice FlyerA two sided quick reference guide for students and teachers alike.




Is It a Choice If It’s the Only Choice Card Game: Pono Players created this card game to help put all the information learned in our video into use to make it more understandable and memorable. The cards are in order alternating front to back and can be printed.



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 focuses 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

Pono Players 2017 brought 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, worked with local and national experts to create a performance and follow-up workshop that addressed this extremely important issue.

Pono Players hard at work:

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


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