Since 2012 Honu By The Sea has engaged children and families with the magic of theater to teach the values of friendship, partnership and the virtue of protecting and saving the ocean environment. The showʻs creator Johnson Enos, a Hawaiʻi native, is well known throughout the national music industry for his work with Disney. His credits include work for Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, the “Lilo & Stitch II” soundtrack and the Disney Tokyo Parade. Since the showʻs opening on July 4, 2012 at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, Enos has been spreading the message of the importance ocean stewardship by taking the production of Honu By The Sea to key venues and events such as the Seattle Aquarium; the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco in 2015; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural Historyʻs World Ocean Day in Washington D.C.; the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, and the Tokyo Sea Life Park in Tokyo, Japan. In 2018 and 2019, the show was performed with Hello Kitty in Sanrio Puroland in Japan. These performances have touched children and adults with important ocean educational messages through captivating music and storytelling.
“Just Misunderstood” CD
“Just Misunderstood” introduces for the first time, Nalu the Misunderstood Tiger Shark. Nalu is stylized with tiger shark markings that are reminiscent of patterns used in Polynesian arts, and a dorsal fin shaped like the sail of a traditional voyaging canoe. In the song, Nalu laments being misunderstood. He, like the rest of the sea creatures only desires to thrive and enjoy his ocean home while being free from dangers of ocean pollution.