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Honu By The Sea Performs New Single with Hello Kitty

Internationally-Acclaimed Hawaii Musical Releases “Imagine” and Performs at Sanrio Puroland

HONOLULU, HI (INSERT DATE) — The hit, Hawaii-produced musical “Honu By The Sea” will release a new single celebrating ocean sustainability and will perform the brand new song with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland in Japan. The show will release its second single “Imagine” in celebration of World Ocean Day on June 8, 2018. Capturing an island vibe, the song features slack key guitar and ukulele accompaniment interwoven with Hawaiian harmonies. Following the first single “It’s Beautiful” released in 2017, the musical’s new release will be the first to share the show’s theme of aloha and ocean sustainability in both English and Japanese.

“Imagine” will also be making an international debut in Japan on Marine Day, July 16, 2018, in an effort to encourage ocean conservation abroad. To celebrate, the seven cast members of “Honu By The Sea” will journey this summer to Sanrio Puroland in Tama, Tokyo. Honu, the musical’s ocean ambassador mascot, and the cast will partner with Japan’s beloved Hello Kitty for musical performances. Hello Kitty will join Honu and the cast in the show’s last number “Imagine.” Performances at Sanrio Puroland will occur twice a day at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on July 15 and 16.

“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 HonuByTheSea.com.

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Contact: Lance Aquino

Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.

Phone: (808) 523-8802, ext. 225

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