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Tickets are moving for The Story of Everything, a creation story in epic poem format written by Kealoha, Hawai`i’s first Poet Laureate, founder of HawaiiSlam, and MIT Nuclear Physics graduate. If you are interested in joining us for this special event on Friday, March 22nd, please get your tickets soon! The Honolulu debut show in 2015 sold out far in advance, and since then, the cast has toured to various locations throughout the United States. Every time they have performed this piece, they have received standing ovations. We are so excited to bring this work home! For those of you who missed it in 2015, or who want to see it again, here’s your chance. Do not miss out!!
The March 22nd performance will feature the full cast with visual art projections by Solomon Enos, live music by Taimane and the Quadraphonix, oli presented by Kau`i Kanaka`ole, and dancing by Jamie Nakama, Jonathan Clarke Sypert, and Jory Horn. The production was co-directed by Cristian "See" Ellauri, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Harry Wong. The Story of Everything tells the story of how we got here from the big bang to now using science, poetry, storytelling, visual art, music, oli, and dancing. That’s right, 13.7 billion years worth of time told in a 1-hour and 45 minute multi-media stage show!!
Since you are part of the HawaiiSlam family, use the discount code TSOELIVE to get early bird discounted tickets, and feel free to share this information with friends!! Tickets are available online at
WHAT: The Story of Everything (
WHERE: Hawai`i Theatre, 1130 Bethel Street
WHEN: 7:00 PM, March 22, 2019
COST: $10-$70 on Hawai`i Theatre Website with discount code TSOELIVE
“The Story of Everything” is an original creation story based on multiple knowledge systems. It explores the question “Where do we come from?” Through this work, the cast will dramatize explanations for human origin, drawing from sources as diverse and yet interconnected as the Big Bang Theory, disco, genetics, Michael Jackson, and the Kumulipo. It will explore how various cultural elements and scientific disciplines can be used to approach a question about existence that has challenged humans from the very beginning. The performance traces the beginning of life from simple forms that evolve into complex relationships, and ends with a provocation: “Where do we go from here? What’s next?”
The 1-hour and 45 minute performance will include a 15 minute intermission. This show is produced and presented by Engaging the Senses Foundation, an organization dedicated to illuminating the intersection of art and mindfulness. Additional support provided by Hawai`i Pacific University and Chaminade University. Past support for the development of this show provided by The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), the Leonard & Rose Freeman Family Fund of the Hawai`i Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Ford Foundation, and Kalliopeia Foundation. Visit for more information.
Kealoha is the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i. As an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller, he has performed throughout the world -- from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program, and received a Community Inspiration Program grant from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. In the 7 years that he has represented Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, he has performed on the finals stage 4 times, was ranked in the top ten of the nations best poets in 2007, and was honored as a "National Poetry Slam Legend" in 2010. Kealoha was featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he has also made appearances on NBC, PBS, the Food Network, National Public Radio, and the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. He has performed at hundreds of live venues throughout the world including the Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the NFL Pro Bowl halftime show, and the National Storytelling Network Conference. Kealoha's poetry has been printed by various publishers including the National Academy of Engineering, Auckland University Press, and Bamboo Ridge. He has served as Hawai`i’s SlamMaster since 2003 and is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i, and First Thursdays (the largest registered poetry slam in the world with 400+ in attendance). He graduated with honors from MIT with a degree in Nuclear Physics (and a minor in writing), served as a business consultant in San Francisco, and played around as a surf instructor prior to becoming a professional poet in 2002. Visit for more information.

Engaging the Senses Foundation is an LA-based educationally oriented non-profit created to support and sustain people in utilizing their senses — sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing — to create a consciously-lived life. Its primary emphasis is on “waking up” through the arts, with a particular focus on poetry, the “universal language that the heart holds with nature and itself” which can fulfill our primal human need for beauty and serve as a portal to mindfulness, inspiration, connection, and transformation. ETSF serves this mandate by creating dramatic films and series based on the lives of great poets; poetry documentaries; and mindfulness teachings that prepare us for the truths contained in poetry and art. The foundation partners with literary organizations, art councils, universities, and other art-based institutions to bring literature, poetry, mindfulness training, and art to underserved communities, schools, town halls, and libraries. Through the creation of programs and events that illuminate the intersection of art, awareness, and compassion, Engaging the Senses Foundation honors the indivisibility of the human spirit and nature, and attends to the nurturing of both. Visit for more information.

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  • Kealoha - Poet and Storyteller
    Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. He is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program.

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