Ages 9-13
JUNE 13-17  Monday- Friday
10am – 3pm
at Lavaroots Living Light Sanctuary
Hawi, Hawaii

It’s time to ELEVATE our body, mind & spirit through performing arts, connection to the Earth, ourselves and one another. Culminating in a performance June 17th at 4pm.


TEACHERS: Michal Anna Carrillo, Gabriel Fara Tolno, Debra McGee and Travis Dodson.

$400 Donation to Kissidugu Foundation
For more information call Director Michál Anna Carrillo at 808 987-4243


Thank you to our anonymous family supporters of  Summer Arts 2022 program. This program would not be possible without the loving care of individuals willing to make a difference for our keiki.
Summer Arts was generously supported by The Dorrance Foundation for the last decade and we are grateful!


Summer Arts is  directed by
Michál Anna Carrillo.









A Look back at 2018:

We had an incredible presentation of “Mystique Du Plastique, The Folly of Trash”! We are honored to have had Gabriel Fara Tolno teaching again this year alongside a slew of talented people! What an enriching summer it was! Remember let’s all #ditchplastics!  Thanks to everyone who committed to stop purchasing plastic water/soda bottles and refusing to take/use all plastic straws!  #togetherwerise


For the last 12 years Lavaroots Performing Arts has created and executed the wonderful Summer Arts program in North Hawaii under the direction of Michal Anna Carrillo. Through collaboration with The Kahilu Theatre Foundation, the program was hosted by the Kahilu Theatre for eight years, three years at the Waimea Country School, and last two years at HPA. We are excited to have the opportunity to enjoy both Waimea Country School and HPA again for this years program!  It’s a wonderful balance. Mahalo!!!
Summer Arts is generously supported by The Dorrance Family Foundation.

Around the World – Summer Arts Camp 2013 from Mahi’ai Creative on Vimeo.

 Summer Arts 2016!

Summer Arts 2015 was Fabulous!



The Roots of Hip Hop 2015

The word “hip” comes from a Wolof (Senegalese) word meaning intelligent, the word “hop” is an English word meaning movement.  So this year we explored the concepts of intelligent movement & a body full of wisdom, through performing arts and more!

This years theme was  “The Roots of Hip Hop”, the students explored Hip Hop culture through Drumming, African Dance, Capoeira, Hip hop, Breakdance, Soccer and Art. We were thrilled to have West African Master Percussionist/Dancer  Fara Tolno from Guinea, West Africa back with us again this year as our headlining teacher, and look forward to having him again next year!  Also featured was Waimea’s own Mario Hill instructing Capoeira, Grady Sullivan teaching breakdancing, and Bonnie Cherni sharing Origami, all of whom will be returning in 2016!   The students also had the opportunity to work and play in the realms of Artistic expression with talented artist Laurie Goldstein and art boards and more with the Summer Art’s staff.  The students also spent time creating with the amazing Chef Rio Miceli, who created delicious healthy culinary delights with the students.
This year we spent a portion of our time at Waimea Country School while a production was in the making at the theatre. We are grateful for the wonderful partnership with WCS and so enjoyed their space and their garden for this years agricultural component.  Also featured, was our awesome sailing trip with Ocean Sports and time spent playing at the beach!
NEW THIS YEAR, we offered an afternoon program for 13-16 year olds! Four days a week from1 2:30-4pm we had “Roots of Hip Hop” workshops for our teens. We look forard to offering the performing arts classes and art for this age group again next year.  (Garden, cooking, field trips and soccer will not be a part of the teen program.)
Summer Arts culminated with a performance called ” Time To Rise” featuring  all age groups on the Kahilu Theatre stage, it ROCKED and received a standing ovation!
We had such a fun filled summer of education and wonder and can’t wait until 2016!
  Mahalo nui loa,
  Michal Anna Carrillo,  Summer Arts Director

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 Educational Outreach to Big Island Schools

Lavaroots Performing Arts is dedicated to bringing dance and music to the youth of our beautiful island.  Michal Anna Carrillo has been a teaching artist in the schools through the Big Island Dance Council for the last nine years.  These dance programs usually entail 6-10 weeks of weekly classes for grades k-8 where children have the opportunity to learn a routine and present it to their school and community. Over 500 students were served through this program in 2014. This kind of programming not only builds confidence and self-esteem, bus also promotes left and right brain integration and gives the children a deeper foundation for learning other subjects that they will encounter in their schooling.

In November 2013 Lavaroots offered 2 school shows at the Kahilu Theature, reaching over 900 students.
In September 2014 as a beneficiary of the Kona Brewers Festival Bill Healy Foundation grant, Lavaroots offered two school shows for Big Island students at Kohala Elementary and Hulualoa Elementary School featuring the full cast of “Yankady, Here is Good” including 3 West African Master Artists.

We are in our second year of running our “Rhythm of the Soil” program in three Big Island schools; Kohala Elementary, Innovations Charter School and Kona Pacific School. This program merges Guinea dance and drum with organic gardening and focuses on how we are grand creators and affect ourselves, environment and each other each day with our mana. It is a motivating and empowering program.

Currently over 1500 students are served through our educational outreach programs in Big Island Schools, our intention is to expand our programming to serve more students which is made possible by receiving the generous support of our community.  If you are interested in supporting our youth programs please contact us at For more information on Educational Outreach see our IN SCHOOL section.

A Few of our Past Summer Arts Programs


SA2013Poster(revised)Summer arts brochure 2012Summer arts brochure 2011