T-Shirt Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of “Kipuka,” an oasis in a lava field.

Imagine… a fiery volcano filled with hot magma, flowing down a lush hillside, incinerating everything in its path. Lava burns at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt rock. And yet, an isolated knoll, a ridge or a cleft is surprisingly untouched. A small patch of earth saved from nature’s inferno. That oasis in a lava field, where life can begin again, is called “Kipuka.” As we searched for a way to approach the heat of bullying, cyber-bullying, and teen suicide, Kipuka, an “island of life” emerged as our project.

KIPUKA is our shared message to Hawai‘i youth that finding a safe place where “life can begin again” away from any form of bullying can be achieved in many ways and to say – YOU are not alone. When youth are scorched by the effects bullying or feel close to suicidal meltdown, the lifeline is often their connection with loved ones, a friend, or a group within reach that has their back.

The KIPUKA project goal is to build awareness amongst Hawaii’s youth about the scorch of bullying by sharing stories from the everyday lives of Kalihi youth exploring this subject in every facet of their lives.

You can be a part of this project in many ways:

T-Shirt Theatre extends our deepest ALOHA to the Gift Foundation of Hawai‘i and the Na Lei Aloha Foundation who challenged our company to focus on helping other teens find their “Kipuka.”