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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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kumu kahua

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.  

Who Is Myles Fukunaga?

Oct 15, 2018
Orrin Nakanelua
Orrin Nakanelua

In 1929, economics and society in Hawai‘i were highly stratified.  When the ten year old son of a banker was kidnapped from Punahou School and killed, the community was horrified, and what happened to the admitted perpetrator has left questions unanswered to this day.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a new play at Palikū Theatre sheds light on the emotions involved.

Shakespeare 2.0

Aug 19, 2016
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noe tanigawa

 

  By a couple of years ago, the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival had finished performing all The Bard’s plays--the great, the obscure, and the questionable.   At this point, real experimentation is getting unleashed.  Inspired by David Peterson, who developed languages for the Game of Thrones series, one of the founders of the festival has devised invented languages for "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" continues at The ARTS at Marks' Garage through August 21, 2016.

Jamison Mitri
Jamison Mitri

Summer is a time when rigid schedules loosen up, making room for new experiences.  Honolulu’s theater community has some tempting offerings for all ages, comedies, musicals and life enriching dramas.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited two of Honolulu’s smallest venues for this report.

Kumu Kahua
Kumu Kahua

  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.

DENISE DE GUZMAN
DENISE DE GUZMAN

    

 

 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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   “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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  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.  

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

The curtain is going up on Honolulu’s fall theatre season and there’s a particularly wide variety of offerings this year.  HPR‘s Noe Tanigawa offers this sampler.

Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?  through September 22

http://kumukahua.org/

The Toxic Avenger through 9/29

http://www.manoavalleytheatre.com/

A Korean Cinderella through 9/28

http://www.htyweb.org/