By Wayne Harada
Johnson Enos’ original environmental musical, “Honu by the Sea,” embarks on a seven-performance tour of the Seattle Aquarium this weekend.
The show, taking on a “Guardians of the Sea” theme for the Pacific Northwest, will be staged with a Hawaii cast in multiple performances Jan. 18, 19 and 20 at the Seattle Aquarium. The Oahu Visitors Bureau and the Waikiki Aquarium helped arrange the tour.
The show, with characters representing such sea creatures, is family-friendly and environmentally-conscious, dealing with a Waikiki beachboy encountering denizens from under the sea such as turtles, crabs and octupus, involving a lesson of the value of friendship and the virtues of saving the ocean enviroment and making it free from debris that would threaten sea life.
The score, composed by Enos, features original music in a Disney-like formula framed as a Broadway musical and costumed in bright fantasy costumes.
The island production has been staged in venues such as Paliku Theatre and the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, aka “the Pink Palace” on the beach at Waikiki.
Enos is a former Hawaii singer-performer and show host, who has concentrated on developing themed spectacles. His credits include production work with such Broadway and show biz names as Bette Midler and Kristin Chenoweth.
While in the Pacific Northwest, the cast will visit Brainbridge Island to engage in a cultural exchange program with the Squamish Tribe.