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A new play opening in Honolulu links history, family, culture, and modern life in Hawai‘i.  It’s the final episode in a trilogy that started 25 years ago, and has made some waves along the way.  The author agreed to an interview in Kakaako park, well aware that many of the issues dealt with in the play come to a head in the park daily.

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A lot of local threads run through Darrell Lum’s new play, Da Beer Can Hat, an adaptation of his iconic short story.  Family dynamics, peer pressure, and simple pleasures add dimension to a story about friendship in rural Honolulu in the 1970’s.  

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  Kumu Kahua Theatre’s mission, since its founding in 1971, is to help develop theater by, for, and about Hawai‘i’s people.  In 2010, this unique local organization nearly closed for lack of funding, but in the years since, it has sprung back with wider outreach and more business partners.  In the past four and a half years, managing director Donna Blanchard has managed to expand Kumu Kahua's marketing budget while putting in a much needed new floor and beginning other repairs.

Batu Ice Meth Grrls

Jun 8, 2016
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DENISE DE GUZMAN

Reflections about the impact of crystal methamphetamine on life in Hawai‘i are starting to appear in local theatre and literature.  Earlier this year, Kumu Kahua offered a gritty portrait of meth culture on the North Shore, and the play, Not One Batu ignited a wave of response.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa invited three women, all former meth users, to share their experiences.

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 2005 may have been the height of Hawai‘i’s ice “epidemic.”  That year, Hawai‘i police arrested  719 people on meth charges.  Though we haven’t heard a whole lot about it since, crystal methamphetamine hasn’t gone away, and some fear it has just become part of our social fabric.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a new production at Kumu Kahua that makes you wonder how prevalent this drug still is.

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   In early April, three pirates hatched a plan to get people out of their snuggly homes and into Kumu Kahua Theatre.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited the theatre recently to find out why and how.

The New Play Festival runs Sunday through Tuesday, June 21st through 23rd at Kumu Kahua.  Eventbrite is handling advance tickets, or get tickets at Kumu one hour prior to performance.  

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   “My Name is Gary Cooper”, the current production at Kumu Kahua has been generating a lot of buzz for the unconventional way it tackles family and race relations.  According to the play, the 1953 Hollywood film, “Return to Paradise” starring Gary Cooper,  spawned a generation of Samoan “Gary Coopers”, one of whom is the subject of this story.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

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   In Kumu Kahua’s current production, "the underneath", the waters of the Ala Wai Canal are a metaphor for the past and for the complex relationship between two brothers.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found it is both a whodunit and a layered family portrait.

“The Underneath”, by Susan Soon Stanton, continues at Kumu Kahua through December 7th.   Deft staging propels strong performances by Jonathan Clarke Sypert, Brandon DiPaola, Stephanie Keiko Kong, Kati Kuroda, and William Ha'o.

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  How will I die?  It's not a comfortable question, but that question, how will I die?, becomes a family matter very quickly in Hawai’i.  That is the subject of the current production, "Koi, Like the Fish", at Kumu Kahua Theatre.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Koi, Like the Fish” continues at Kumu Kahua Theatre through June 29th.   By popular demand, Lee Cataluna’s “Flowers of Hawai’i” returns for encore performances starting July 24th .  Kumu Kahua is also continuing its theatre arts classes at the Kaka’ako Agora.  

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   Artist Jean Charlot is best known for his murals, like the iconic fresco on UH Manoa’s Bachman Hall.  Few realize that his fascination with Hawaiian culture and history also resulted in five plays.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Charlot’s play about an esteemed Hawai’i island chief, is having its premiere production at Kumu Kahua.

WHAT: Jean Charlot’s play: Moa a Mō‘ī

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street

WHEN: January 23 – February 23, 2014 

COST: $5.00-$20.00

INFO: 536-4441

http://kumukahua.org/