"The Roots of Hiphop" documents a 2014 summer arts program, offered by Lavaroots Performing Arts, at the Kahilu Theatre on the Big Island of Hawaii. Children ages 6-12 explored the culture of Hip Hop in America today, and the where it comes from - through percussion, African Dance, Capoeira, Hip hop, and Breakdance. Teachers included Master West African Percussionist and Dancer Fara Tolno from Guinea, West Africa, and Big Island's own Mario Hill instructing Capoeira, Chef Rio Miceli creating healthy culinary delights and Bonnie Cherni sharing Origami. Lavaroots also partnered with local non-profit Mala’ai Gardens, where the students spent two days a week in the garden. Other activities included soccer and field trips throughout the Big Island.
For the last 6 years Lavaroots Performing Arts has created and executed the acclaimed Summer Arts program in North Hawaii under the direction of Michal Anna Carrillo. It is a five-week summer program offered to children from 6 to 12 years of age which has been hosted by the Kahilu Theatre Foundation for five years, and one year at the Waimea Country School. Summer Arts combines performing arts and science intensives aimed at giving participants an early and dynamic first-hand experience of a liberal arts education. With a different theme each year, Summer Arts exposes our keiki to activities ranging from gardening to sailing, world cuisine to visual arts, and dancing to cultural practices. Summer Arts is generously supported by The Dorrance Family Foundation and Jack and Laurie Goldstein, and scholarships are offered for those with financial need. In 2015 Lavaroots and Kahilu Theatre will be expanding the program to include 13-16 year olds as well, for afternoon sessions. Learn more at lavaroots.com/site/summer-arts/