HAA is a project based company. We work with a variety of artists to create innovative, unique, projects designed to serve our community, by bringing to life stories that reflect the Islands’ cultural richness and history, using local writers, actors, and artists tell the stories of our lives.
As Executive Artistic Director of HAA, Bree Peters plans to utilize her many years of experience as a Director and Producer on Oahu, to lead this new organization in the creation of challenging, creative, new projects.
To engage, inspire, enrich and elevate artists and audiences, through shared multi-disciplinary arts.
To share local stories that illuminate our common humanity, through the power of multi-disciplinary approaches.
Artistic Excellence – We collaborate to create an atmosphere that empowers artists to shine. Our standards reflect our commitment to excellence, fearlessness, innovation, and artistic distinction.
Teamwork – We aspire to work as a team to support and empower our participants. We respect our co-workers’ time and resources by striving to meet deadlines, and working with economy.
Respect – Our work is nurtured in an atmosphere of mutual respect, civility, and integrity, always.
Community – We seek to engage, strengthen, and reflect our community by sharing our resources and skills.
Diversity – We are committed to an environment that fosters inclusion and honesty, and reflects our full community.
Fairness – It is recognized that no set of Bylaws can cover all circumstances. In the event of an issue arising which is not covered by the Bylaws, the issue will be decided by the Board of Directors on the basis of fairness.
Executive Artistic Director, VP
Bree Peters is a fifth generation, Hawaii born local, who has worked at nearly every theatre on Oahu in her youth, as well as several mainland venues including Boston Children’s Theatre. A multi award winning Director and Producer, Bree moved to Waimea Hawaii two years ago, after a nearly 40 year association with Manoa Valley Theatre on Oahu where she ultimately served as the Associate Producer and Artistic Director.
Bree’s vast theatre experience brings not only creative depth, but strong leadership skills that support creative vision. She seeks to increase interest in the arts and is committed to cultural development. Believing that the arts connect and unify communities, she likes to think “outside the sphere.” A proven leader who never backs down from a challenge, Bree is a team player and a team builder who is excited to move thru the artistic world in collaboration with Hawaii’s many talented and aspiring artists.
Board of Directors
Pauline is a former Fortune 500 Marketing Executive and director of complex consumer communications product marketing campaigns. An experienced non-profit executive, Ms. Togawa also has an extensive background as a lead strategist for organizations advocating for education, health and human services, civil rights, social justice, children and youth issues, and the arts. She has a 20-year track record in managing capital campaigns, fund development programs, and institutional advancement initiatives and has successfully raised $75 million in corporate, government, foundation and major gifts.Read More
Ms. Togawa served as the founding Executive Director of The Global Institute for Disability Issues on the Internet (1998-2002) and is credited for developing some of the first programs and research projects for the Internet Disability Community, which were later replicated by other technology companies and organizations.
Ms. Togawa founded the Fundraising Network for Communities of Color (Western Region) in 2006, which specializes in organizational development, board development, strategic marketing and communications, brand development strategy, social media and online direct-to-consumer marketing design. She continues to consult for numerous not-for-profit community organizations to help manage and coordinate their adoption, migration and implementation of cloud-based CRM systems.
In 2010, Ms. Togawa co-founded the Biotechnology Institute (Pacific Region), and is considered an expert in biotechnology assessment and ergonomic design. She continues to consult on a case-by-case basis.
More recently, Ms. Togawa served as the Director of Development for the Hawaii Performing Arts Co. dba as Manoa Valley Theatre (2013-2018) and currently works as a Sr. Manager for March of Dimes.
Dan Bal graduated from the University of Michigan with a double engineering degree, in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Following college he enrolled in Bethlehem Steel’s management training program and then became the Manager of Operations for Tampa Tug Corporation in Chicago. In 1984 Dan relocated to Honolulu to become the Manager of Pacific Operations for the same company.Read More
He stayed in the maritime industry until 1989 when he became the Garage Superintendent of Hamakua Sugar Corp., based in Paauilo on the Island of Hawaii where he still resides. In 1993, until 2003, Dan was the Owner/Operator of Island Beltway Service and Gas station in Honokaa. In 2003, Dan became the Owner/Operator of Speedy Motors automotive repair shop in Waimea, where he continues to work to this day. Dan was a Board Member of Honokaa Business Association starting in 1994 and became the Association President from 1995 to 2003. In 2013 thru 2017, Dan was the president of the Board for Waimea Community Theatre.
John originally hails from the Pacific Northwest where he pursued a business degree at Washington State University. In his early career he worked at Washington Mutual Home Loans as a Branch Manager and then moved on to become a self employed insurance broker specializing in Life, Health and Annuities. When he moved to Maui in 2009, John began working primarily with Medicare beneficiaries counseling and assisting with the various choices available.Read More
He currently serves clients on all the Hawaiian islands and in the state of Washington. During his time on Oahu, John served as Treasurer for the Kaneohe Business group during 2012-13. He has also dipped his in toe in theatrical waters over the last few years, helping to build sets and taking a turn or two onstage as well.
Seth T. Buckley
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Seth T. Buckley is an attorney and business consultant for small-to-medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations. He is constantly amazed by and so thankful for the vast array of talented artists in this community and the dedication of so many to bringing life-giving and fruitful changes to our islands through theatre and the arts.Read More
Seth believes that creativity is crucial in the consulting world. To keep an open mind and quick wit, Seth enjoys photojournalism and writing on life in the Pacific Rim with his blog, Musings by the Glass.
Seth loves the Asia Pacific region, and has traveled there extensively. Seth’s sojourns include legal studies and working for law firms in Hawaii, Australia and China. Seth also had the opportunity to travel throughout the region for photojournalism assignments and to publish a few articles on the 2008 Financial Crises and Chinese commercial law and practice.
Evans Siskel was born and raised in New York City. As young as high school, he worked in food service, in every capacity from prep cook to restaurant owner. That culinary connection continued long after he graduated from SUNY New Paltz, with a full Regent Scholarship and a Bachelors degree in Psychology, with a minor in Dance. He also received his K-6 teaching certificate there, with the intention of doing dance therapy with special needs kids.Read More
Life had other plans and took him back to the food service industry and a 22 year career, that had him running patient feeding at a NYC hospital, heading up an HR department, managing Billing and Accounts Receivable and even delivering hot meals to Trade Center first responders on the back of his motorcycle. Following a life-changing accident in 1994 Evans and his husband, Costume Designer James Corry, opened a fine jewelry store, in NYC where they carved out a niche with their custom designed and created wedding jewelry. Twenty years later the couples’ success made it possible for them to retire and move to Hawaii, where Evans has started to assist various community theatres with set building and sewing costumes at several locations on O’ahu.