five people holding a plastic blue sheet
Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman

Congratulations to the University of Hawaiʻi students and faculty for their Poʻokela Award nominations and wins. The Poʻokela Awards have recognized excellence in local theatre since 1984. The awards recognize honorees in 23 different theatre arts categories spanning: producing, directing, performing, design and technical theatre.

Congratulations to all who participated.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Cast of the Spitfire Grill
The Spitfire Grill
  • Excellence in service: Melisa Orozco Vargas
  • Pierre Bowman Award: Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak
  • Theatrical design: Hannah Schauer Galli and Yan Ma, Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies
  • Lighting design: Christopher Patrinos,The Spitfire Grill, Beyond Therapy, Jonah Bobilin, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Set design: Rachel Filbeck, The Spitfire Grill
  • Sound design and engineering: Brian Shevelenko and Alten Kiakona, The Spitfire Grill
  • Featured male in a play: Donovan Oakleaf, Nora
  • Featured female in a play: Malia Wessel, Nora
  • Leading female in a play: Christine Lamborn, Nora, Stacy Ray, The Seagull
  • Ensemble performance in a musical: The cast of The Spitfire Grill
  • Special adjudicator award: Yan Ma and Mark Branner, Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies
  • Director of non-traditional production: Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak and Mark Branner, Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies
  • Director of a play: Stacy Ray, Nora
  • Overall non-traditional production: Fights and Delights: Three Chinese Comedies
  • Overall production of a play: Nora

Windward Community College

two people dancing
The King and I
  • Costume design: Anna Foster, The King and I
  • Lighting design: Lloyd Riford, The King and I
  • Set design: DeAnne Kennedy, The King and I
  • Sound design and engineering: Daniel Yoo, The King and I
  • Featured male in a musical: Swaine Kaui, The King and I
  • Leading male in a musical: Michael Ng, The King and I
  • Leading female in a musical: Kathleen Stuart, The King and I
  • Choreography: Andrew Sakaguchi, The King and I
  • Musical direction of a musical: Clarke Bright, The King and I
  • Director of a musical: Mary Chesnut Hicks, The King and I
  • Overall production of a musical: The King and I
  • Special adjudicator award: Faith Kaminaka, The King and I
  • Hawaiʻi resident playwright’s original work: Moses Goods, Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman
  • Lighting design: Janine Myers, Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman
  • Set design: R. Andrew Doan, Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman

Leeward Community College

Two people talking one is holding a binder the other is holding a clipboard
She Kills Monsters
  • Overall play: She Kills Monsters
  • Leading male in a play: Jonathan Sabalboro, She Kills Monsters
  • Leading female in a play: Juvy Lucina, She Kills Monsters
  • Featured male in a play: Justin Woznock, She Kills Monsters
  • Featured female in a play: Jarica Mae Abella and Kira Moriguchi, She Kills Monsters
  • Special adjudicator award (mask design): Michael Harada, She Kills Monsters
  • Director of a play: Betty Burdick, She Kills Monsters
  • Excellence in service: Chelsea Campbell

Read a full list of all the nominees and winners for the 2018 Poʻokela Awards.