UHM Theatre garners 19 Po'okela Awards for Excellence

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jessica Jacob, (808) 956-2602
Theatre Manager, Theatre + Dance
Posted: Aug 13, 2015

UHM Kennedy Theatre logo
UHM Kennedy Theatre logo

The Hawaiʻi State Theater Council has recognized UHM’s Department of Theatre and Dance with 19 Poʻokela Awards for Excellence at the 2015 “Stars Night Out” held on August 10, 2015. Kennedy Theatre’s production of Lā‘ieikawai received 10 awards, the most for any production.

Below is a complete list of UHM Theatre student, designer and production honorees.

Leading Male in a Play:

Timothy Callais, The Taming of the Shrew

Jason Kanda, Joker

Leading Female in a Play:

Kyle Scholl, The Taming of the Shrew

Lillian M. Jones, Ruined

Karissa J. Murrell Myers, Blithe Spirit

Featured Female in a Play:

Sharon R. Garcia Doyle, The Taming of the Shrew

Sharon R. Garcia Doyle, Blithe Spirit

Ensemble Performance in a Musical:


Director of a Musical:

Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, Lā‘ieikawai

Musical Direction:

Snowbird Bento and Keawe Lopes, Lā‘ieikawai

Dance Choreographer:

Snowbird Bento, Keawe Lopes, Sami L.A. Akuna and Wailana Simcock, Lā‘ieikawai

Overall Play:

Blithe Spirit

Overall Musical:


Costume Design:

Cheri Vasek, Lā‘ieikawai

Set Design:

Jennifer Eccles, Lā‘ieikawai

Light Design:

Kelsey Peacock, Lā‘ieikawai

Hair, Makeup and Wig Design:

Snowbird Bento, Cheri Vasek and Caroline Mercier, Lā‘ieikawai

Special Adjudicator Awards:

Peleki Flores and Kupono Kawaa, Fight Choreography, Lā‘iekawai      

Yiling Liu, Original Script, Joker

Excellence in Service Award:

Nicole Tessier

For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/kennedy-theatre