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Hawaii Theatre Center
1130 Bethel St., Honolulu, HI
Thurs., Feb 9, 2023 7:00 PM
Fri., Feb. 10th, 2023 7:30 PM
Sat., Feb.11th, 2023 2:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 11th, 2023 7:30 PM

Fri., Feb. 10th, 2023 9:30 AM
For school groups only
$5 Students; $10 Adults (All Fees Waived)


Peace On Your Wings” is an Ohana Arts original musical based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki and her one thousand paper cranes, written by local writers (and Ohana Arts Co-Founders) composer Jenny Rubin-Taira and lyricist Laurie Rubin-Taira; directed by Ohana Arts Co-Founder Cari Chung; and choreographed by Dani Hannah Bensky.  Sadako Sasaki was made famous for having folded over a thousand paper cranes to fulfill an old Japanese legend that would grant one wish to anyone who would fold one thousand cranes.  To this day she is a reminder of innocent victims of war, and her story of her thousand paper cranes have inspired a movement of folding cranes for peace.  


Set in post-war 1950′s Japan, "Peace On Your Wings" explores the lives of students at a middle school in Hiroshima as they face the terminal illness of their friend amidst their own adolescent drama. The musical score combines modern musical theater, 1950’s boogie-woogie and rock and roll, and Japanese styles, including taiko, to create a unique, uplifting, and inspiring show.  While Sadako remains optimistic in the hospital, determinately folding origami cranes to fulfill the Japanese legend promising one wish and long life to the folder of a thousand, her friends grow distant as they deal with their own self identity, bullying, and the growing pains of becoming teenagers.  Though the students have to grapple with issues of terminal illness and death at such a young age, they also learn the power of their own strength, and their ability to connect deeply with others who remain positive, focusing on living every precious moment of their lives to the fullest.  “Peace On Your Wings” teaches the lesson, “Ichigo Ichie,” meaning “Today is the first and last day of your life.


This short 1-weekend run at Hawaii Theatre on February 9th-11th, 2023 will premiere a newly revised version of the show (with new songs!) that will be taken to Hiroshima next summer for its JAPAN PREMIERE, starring this all-youth, Hawaii-based cast! There are only four performances, so be sure to book your tickets early!


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