Wai‘alae Arts Program

The Wai‘alae Arts Program seeks to develop God-given gifts in the creative and performing arts in a nurturing Christian environment.
Lessons are taught by dedicated, highly trained, and qualified instructors with professional experience in their fields and a passion for sharing their gifts.

All private lessons will be held in-person, with an option for remote learning, according to state guidelines.

Group classes (Acting) will be held on-line until state regulations permit the meeting of more than 5 per classroom. Thank you for your understanding.


Sam Chen (B. M. Piano Performance)
Piano and Violin

Reid Ishikawa (B. Ed. Music, Percussion)
Drums, Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Piano, Songwriting, Music Theory

Chey Sanders (B.A. Theater Education, M.A. Communication in Film,Television, and Radio, M.A. Family Counseling)
Stage and On-Camera Acting

Cheryl Toma Sanders (B.Ed. Music, Piano)
Piano (Not accepting new students at this time)

Private lessons offered in: Violin, Piano, Drums, Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Songwriting, Theory, Acting and Creative Drama

  • 14-weekly private lessons (thirty minutes each lesson).
  • Tuition varies by instructor.  Please refer to the rates on the registration form below.
  • Minimum age of student: 5 years old for piano and violin lessons, 7 years old for other lessons.

How to register for private lessons:

*New private lesson students: Email the Waialae Arts Program office at arts@waialaebaptist.com to request a lesson time for a teacher. Once you receive a tentative day/time for a lesson, complete the form on-line and submit your tuition payment (either on-line or by check/cash) to confirm your lesson time slot. *Acceptance based upon instructor’s discretion and availability.

For returning private lesson students – inform your instructor of your day/time preference for lessons and then complete the registration form. You will be sent a confirmation letter once your tuition has been received and your lesson time confirmed with your instructor.

Click here to register.

How to register for Group Acting Classes:

Complete the registration form on-line and submit payment.

Lessons are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to register.


Lessons begin: January 11, 2021

A detailed calendar will be sent to you upon receiving registration and payment.

Lessons are NOT scheduled on the following days:

  • Monday, February 15 (Presidents’ Day)
  • Monday, March 15 – Friday, March19 (Spring Break)
  • Friday, March 26 (Prince Kuhio Day)
  • Friday, April 2 (Good Friday)

Make-up lessons can be scheduled April 26 to 30, 2021.

Student Recital will be held on Friday, April 30 at 6:30 pm. (Details TBD)



Wed 3:30-4:25 pm

Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will learn about acting through imagination, characters and working together. This class is great for the young student to develop confidence and skills in working creatively with a group. Students will do improvisation, creative movement, pantomime, and acting out stories. (Class will need to meet on-line until state regulations allow more than 8 people per classroom.)

Tuition: $182/semester

This class needs a minimum of 7 students enrolled.


Wed 4:30 to 5:45 pm

3rd grade through 6th grade students will learn the basics of acting and developing characters through improv, monologues and scenes. The students will also learn how to work on stage and on camera. Students will work on commercials, monologues, and scenes, focusing on how to bring the characters to life. (Class will need to meet on-line until state regulations allow more than 8 people per classroom)

Tuition: $210/semester

Limited enrollment

Click here to register.


VISA, MasterCard, cash or checks are accepted. Tuition may be paid in full, or in two installments. The first installment is due at registration, and the second is due on Friday, February 12, 2021.

VISA and MasterCard payments will be subject to a 3% service fee.

If you prefer to pay by cash or check, type the words: CASHORCHECK in the discount code section on the form. This will allow you to submit the form without credit card payment. Please hand deliver cash payments, or mail/hand deliver check payments to Waialae Baptist Church. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


(1) Tuition must be paid in full. The first payment is due at registration. The second is due February 11, 2021.
(2) Tuition is non-refundable.
(3) If a student will be late or must miss a lesson, please notify the instructor directly as soon as possible. Please do not call the church office. If an instructor is notified of a lesson cancellation with at least a 24-hour notice, the absence will be considered an “excused absence”, and the teacher will offer 1 (one) make-up lesson for an excused absence per semester. Any lessons that are canceled by an instructor will be rescheduled during the session.
(4) For in-person lessons, waiting areas are available for family members during lessons. Children must be supervised at all times. If you prefer to wait in your car, please notify your instructor. On occasion, parents may be asked to stay in the building during lessons if the office /church staff is unavailable to ensure that at least two adults are on campus during lessons.
(5) In the event of on-line lessons, students must have access to a computer, laptop, or tablet with reliable internet access.
(6) All students are required to practice at home and to complete music assignments. Instructors will provide guidelines and suggestions for effective practice techniques to enable students to strive to achieve their music goals for the semester.
(7) All books and material must be available/brought to every lesson.
(8) For the safety of our students and instructors, security cameras are operational in various areas of the church campus.
(9) If needed, make-up lessons will be scheduled during the session at mutually agreed upon times.

For more information, please contact Stacy Hirano at (808) 732-5561, Option 6 or arts@waialaebaptist.com.

Waialae Baptist Church
1047 21st Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816