To gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i.



Community member actors lift actor, song writer, Apu Turano during a rehearsal for Dragonfly: The Story of a Young Local Girlʻs Journey Through Foster Care at the ARTS at Marks Garage. For more info on Dragonfly, check out news.

Watch PlayBuilders' 2 year creative process - start to finish of creating "Dragonfly, A Young Local Girlʻs Journey Through Foster Care" in just 44 seconds! (Video by Karis Lo) Please share with your friends!

Opens at the ARTS at Marks Garage on May 18th!

This is a short video of workshops which focused on acting/dance and story circles that took place during the course of 2016 , while developing PlayBuilders' "Fostering Ohana," an original community based play written by Terri Madden with Hawaii's foster care community. Dance instruction by Becky McGarvey.

From auditions to opening night, a typical theatre production takes about two months to prepare for launch. The original community collaborative plays that PlayBuilders of Hawai'i helps create take more than three years to develop.

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One of our upcoming projects is in collaboration with the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center, Catholic Charities Hawai'i, and Partners in Development on the working title production, "Fostering Ohana," with former foster care youth ages 18 to 26 and produced in time for "National Foster Care Awareness Month" in May 2017.

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The PlayBuilders of Hawai'i are always working on new projects, performances, and collaborations. Stay tuned for news on upcoming plays, behind-the-scenes updates, live events, and more.

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