A question that we ask at HEARTS: How can we use the arts to increase diversity, build bridges, establish community, build character and care for the ‘aina where people live?
With students from over 25 different schools and representing many cultural and socioeconomic groups, HEARTS offers one of the deepest and most diverse community arts education programs on the Windward side. Diversity exists in Hawai‘i. HEARTS embraces it.
HEARTS develops character and improves the lives of Hawai‘i’s youth. HEARTS’ challenging and highly effective arts education programs expect students to adhere to a strict attendance policy, exhibit good posture, use clear diction, perform with exuberance, and express gratitude to those who lead and help.
Access to live music is essential to the quality of life of any community. Not only does the general public benefit by HEARTS performances, but HEARTS singers annually bring quality, youthful choir concerts to 200-300 elderly and those in recovery, raising their quality of life.
HEARTS provides one of the state’s most comprehensive youth choir programs. In addition to training in the arts, students learn teamwork, confidence, time-management and how their shared talents can add to the quality of life of others.
HEARTS inspires our students to respect, love, and care for our ‘aina. Beach cleanups and spending a day caring for the lo‘i at a farm in Ho‘omaluhia along with singing songs about peace, the beauty of the earth, and our responsibility to protect God’s creation work together make HEARTS students better stewards of the earth.
HEARTS’ goals include developing a well-rounded child with talent, a good work ethic, compassion and a desire to practice a peaceful lifestyle. HEARTS builds partnerships with international and peace organizations to teach students that they can change the world through their passion for music and their compassion for others.
Founded in 2002, HEARTS sustains excellent singing, musical theatre and hula programs for youth from birth to post-high school, and offers free or low-cost quality musical productions in elderly care facilities, hospitals, churches and on professional-level stages.
During the 2020-2021 academic year HEARTS is providing quality classes online in music, theatre, dance, film, Hawaiian music culture, and musical theatre, including the virtual production of the musical HONK! In November 2020.
HEARTS is a Windward O’ahu 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization.
HEARTS provides an affordable, high quality, year-round music and theatre arts program that enhances character in young people.