FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2017
“HONU BY THE SEA” RETURNS TO TOKYO SEA LIFE PARK
Cast and Crew of the Hawaii-Produced Musical
Celebrate the Aquarium’s 28th Anniversary
HONOLULU, HI (September 15, 2017) — “Honu By The Sea” will return to Japan’s Tokyo Sea Life Park to celebrate the aquarium’s 28th anniversary and share its message of aloha and ocean sustainability. After a well-received debut in Japan in 2016, the cast of the internationally-acclaimed, Hawaii-produced musical will return for three performances per day on Oct. 8, 9 and 10, 2017.
“It’s an honor to be welcomed back to Japan to perform at Tokyo Sea Life Park” said Johnson Enos, creator and producer of “Honu By The Sea.” “The aquarium does amazing work in educating their community about caring for our oceans; we look forward to partnering with them again and engaging families and children in a creative and fun way.”
The show’s own Honu ocean ambassador mascot will make appearances before the performance and the cast will perform three of seven songs in Japanese. Brand new for this year, the song “Joshiki Dayo” or “Common Sense,” tells audiences about the importance of cleaning up our trash in caring for the ocean. Honu By The Sea will complement their energetic performance with other educational elements including meet and greets with the Honu mascot and free hand-held fans, each with a printed message of ocean-awareness.
“Honu By The Sea” will perform on October 8, 9 and 10 at the following times:
• 10:00-10:25 a.m.
• 12:30-12:55 p.m.
• 3:30-3:55 p.m.
“Honu By The Sea” is a family-friendly underwater musical fantasy. The show tells the story of a Waikiki surfer-beachboy who finds a magical sea star that grants him a wish to spend a day under the sea. Kainoa the beachboy meets Malia the honu (sea turtle) along with other fascinating creatures including Hula Hoop the octopus, Shaka the crab, Nalu the toothless tiger shark and Kapper the sea horse. The Broadway-style musical provides lessons on the value of friendship and the virtues of saving the ocean environment through the magic of theater. The show features colorful costumes, lively choreography, stunning orchestration, and endearing songs that enhance the storytelling.
The show’s creator Johnson Enos, a Hawaii 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. He has also produced and arranged albums with artists including Bette Midler, Kristin Chenoweth, Kealii Reichel, and more.
Enos has been spreading the message of the importance of ocean stewardship by taking the production of “Honu By The Sea” to key venues and events such as the Seattle Aquarium; BLUE Ocean Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2014 and Monaco in 2015; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s World Ocean Day in Washington DC; the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia; and the Tokyo Sea Life Park in Tokyo, Japan. These performances have touched more than 200,000 children and adults with important ocean educational messages through captivating music and storytelling.
For more information about Honu By The Sea and the show’s mission, visit
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