My Independent Study serves as a model that demonstrates the ways in which a theatre artist can confront and combat clichés of Hawai’i and its native culture through a devised performance. This artistic endeavor calls for the theatre artist to clearly identify and present Hawai’ian cultural stereotypes, then strategically determine how to meaningfully dismantle them on stage. I conducted extensive sociocultural and historical research on appropriate topics concerning Hawai’i and its neglected history including: its initial contact with the West, its 1898 annexation by the United States, its 1959 admission to U.S. statehood, and its development as a tourist industry which has fostered these cultural stereotypes and deemed the islands as the ultimate paradise. I crafted a performance titled, If You Look to the Right which took audience members on a theatrical through the islands, with each “stop” revealing a narrative exposing the authentic Hawai’i–a damaged, resistant, and undoubtedly hopeful Hawai’i.


Noriega, Jimmy


Theatre and Dance


Theatre and Performance Studies


Hawai'i, Clichés, Stereotypes, Waikiki Beach

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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