The PaʻaKai We Bring

Pīpī holo kaʻao.  Sprinkled, the tale travels far.

            Hawaiian Proverb

Created by Moses Goods and the HTY Ensemble

The Show

This original production introduces young audiences to the Native Hawaiian relationship to pa‘akai (salt).  Traditionally, pa‘akai is food, medicine, a sacrament and a treasured gift.  The play follows multiple generations of salt farmers on Kauai, mixing in ancient stories, hula, live music, original songs and plenty of audiences participation into a tasty potluck of performance, joyously served up with aloha.  


The Tour

We are currently bringing this show on an international tour across the United States and Canada!  Mahalo to everyone who is so generously hosting our team on the road.  If you would like more information on this tour or to look into booking the show for our 2025 tour please contact Holden Arts and Associates. 


The Team

Led by HTY Artistic Associate, Moses Goods the HTY creative team traveled to Kauai and spent time working and learning from traditional salt harvesters before creating this project.

We are an ensemble of local theatrical artists and educators who create original work for and about our community.  This project was lead by Native Hawaiians and seeks to honor the culture, language and traditions of this place.


Educational Resources

We have a lot of resources and materials connected to this show and will be adding more and more as the run continues.  Thank you for your patience as we put these together and get them ready for you.

Scroll down for videos of the Salt Ponds.

HIWay Episode 


Theatrical Team

Devising Team

Moses Goods (lead)

Lee Cataluna

Eric Johnson

Pōʻai Lincoln

Lokomaika’i Lipscomb

Mattea Mazzella 

Junior Tessoro

HTY Ensemble/Designers


Pōʻai Lincoln

Lokomaika’i Lipscomb

Mattea Mazzella 

Junior Tessoro

Stage Manager

Sarah Danvers


Moses Goods

Eric Johnson





Lead Artist/Creator

Moses Goods


Lee Cataluna

Visual Designer

Hanalei Marzan


Mattea Mazzella and HTY Ensemble

Lighting Designer

Stephen Pruitt

Costume Designers

Emily Wright and Iris Kim

Technical Direction/Prop Design

Eric West

Design Consultant

Chesley Cannon

Haku Mele (Hula)

Moses Goods

Pōʻai Lincoln

Lokomaika’i Lipscomb

Hanalei Marzan

Ryan I. Kahaʻiʻōlelo Sueoka

Pahonu Coleman





HTY would like to extend a special mahalo to the Nizo, Santos and Nobrega families and all the other salt-makers of Hanapēpē.  Without their ʻike and aloha this project wouldn’t have been possible.




‘We have been so fortunate to work with a variety of partners and funders on the creation of content for this project.

Funders Include:

National Endowment for the Arts
Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts
Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness
American Savings Bank
Playhouse Square Foundation

Ulupono Initiative

Resources From Hawaii State Department of Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness 

We know you will enjoy these resources from our value partner.

Support this work

If you would like to support this work or other HTY Projects please contact HTY’s Managing Director, Becky Dunning at