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A Message from the Hawaii Branch President

The Hawaii Branch segment of the 2018 ESU National Shakespeare Competition will be held in Punahou School's Luke Auditorium in the Wo International Center beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018, with a field of competitors that has grown to 19 thus far and includes schools from five islands. Teachers, family, friends, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Although space in the auditorium has been adequate for the past several competitions, it is always a good idea to arrive a little early to secure parking and to claim a seat. All Branch Competition contestants will receive prizes, and the top three participants selected by our panel of judges will also receive monetary awards. The first place winner will be flown to New York City to compete in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition to be held this year on Shakespeare's birthday, April 23, 2018 at Lincoln Center.

The ESU Hawaii site now includes a list compiled by Taylor Peterson at the ESUUS headquarters of past Hawaii Branch Competition Winners who went on to compete at the national level. To view the list, click on this link.

Prizes for the 35th Annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City have been announced. Thanks to a generous pledge from ESU Chairman Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill, ESUUS is once again able to award the national First Prize Winner with two weeks of study in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Second Prize Winner will enjoy three weeks at the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia. Third Prize is a cash award of $500.

ESU Hawaii, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is operated entirely by volunteers and relies on charitable contributions (tax deductible!) to continue the mission of ESU founder Sir Evelyn Wrench "to bring together in the bonds of friendship the English- speaking peoples of the world." If you would like to support our efforts to continue bringing Hawaii's students together to celebrate the language of Shakespeare, please consider becoming a member via the link on our site or making a contribution (or both!). 

An Appealing Sonnet

To fund the ESU Hawaii Branch
Is what this humble sonnet asks of you
So that deposits, which we long to bank,
Increase enough to let us follow through

In nurturing young minds we cherish dearly.
If Bard of Avon's your fond proclivity,
Help underwrite our competition yearly
And more Shakespearean activity.

To "ESU Hawaii" make out your check
In an amount best matching with your means,
And a noble difference you will make
In lives of brave, performing island teens.
The truth of this is ineluctable:
Your gift is fully tax deductible!

Checks made out to ESU Hawaii may be mailed to Mark Lawhorn, 2121 Ala Wai Blvd., Apt. 2705, Honolulu, HI 96815.

Thank you for visiting the ESU Hawaii web site. The ESU president and other executive committee members may be contacted at


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