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‘The Reviews Are In - You Must See iHula!

‘The Reviews Are In - You Must See iHula!


The World Premiere of iHula
Interview With Our Playwright
New Improvisation Class

Now Accepting New Play Submissions

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You Must See iHula!

King David Kalākaua said “Hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people."  iHula is the story of four young women in a hālau, a microcosm of young lives in Hawai‘i, grappling with issues of cultural identity, self acceptance, social integration and the full meaning of ‘ohana. 


iHula will dance into your hearts at Kumu Kahua Theatre!

The reviews are in.  iHula is praised as a simply beautiful tale.  Part ho‘ike, part coming-of-age drama that will speak to everyone with Hawai‘i in their hearts.  You must see iHula!


Written by Ryan Okinaka
Nov 3 - Dec 4, 2016

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Interview With Our Playwright

Managing Director Donna Blanchard interviewed new playwright, Ryan Okinaka about his experiences with this world premiere production.  If you'd like to learn more about the process behiond iHula

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New Improvisation Class

We are delighted to offer a new improvisation class with veteran performers Monica and Squire Coldwell.  Whether you're new to improv or have some experinece already, these two are qualified and ready to open up a whole new wold for you!




We will hold auditions for Jeannie Barroga's Buffalo'ed this Saturday and Sunday.  Director Reb Beau Allen is looking for six male and two female actors and two-four dancers for this epic tale of the Buffalo Soldiers' and Filipino experience during the Philippine War for Indipendence.


Accepting New Play Submissions

The submission window is now open for PlayBuilders The PlayFestival 2017.  For the second year, The PlayFestival will be presented at Kumu Kahua Theatre!  



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We offer partial season subscriptions!  

We are still one of the most affordably priced live theatres on the island, but we have raised our prices slightly this year.  We hope you'll understand that this slight increase was absolutely necessary or we never would have considered it.

We do want to draw your attention to two very special ways to save on our shows this year.  Though our general ticket prices were raised by $5 per show, our subscription prices only rose by $5 for the entire season.  This means that our subscribers can now save nearly 50% off the price of regular ticket prices.

We'd also like to introduce our new student subscription.  It is absolutely vital to us that we welcome students to our theatre and we understand that cost can be prohibitive for young audience members and those paying their tuition at any age.  For this reason we now offer a student subscription for the equivalent of $5 per show.

You can visit our box office during business hours or subscribe online anytime and enjoy our additional subscriber discounts around town!


These Excellent Partners of Ours

We are very grateful to Spire Accountants and Advisors for sponsoring iHula and all of our partners for sharing their expertise, talent and space with us.  Please feel free to love them as much as we do!


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Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai`i and by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Also paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts; The Atherton Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai'i, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star-Advertiser and other foundations, businesses and patrons.



Come Play With Us

Since you love us enough to have read this far down the newsletter, perhaps you'd like to get involved a little further in Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Well, it just so happens that we have some openings!

  • Committee Members (marketing, resource development, events, etc.)
  • Board Members
  • Set Builders
  • Ushers
  • Office Assistants

And much more.  If you would like to help, we'll be happy to find a place for you here for any amount of time you have available.  Just send us an email to get started.

If you'd prefer to help by donating to Kumu Kahua Theatre... well we'd be happy to accept that too! 


We sincerely apologize for the lack of, or wonky diacriticals in this email.  
Unfortunately, our email system sometimes turns them into gobbeldygook!


iHula by Ryan Okinaka
Thursday November 3, 2016 to Sunday December 4, 2016 A World Premiere
Directed by Harry Wong III

Halau Family Drama

The art of hula is interwoven into this story about four very different young women.
Kumu `Iwalani is trying her hardest to pass on her love for hula and the knowledge she has learned from her Kupuna to her students, a task that gets harder to do to with each passing generation. Pono, Kumu’s rebellious granddaughter, has better things to do then give up her nights teaching the keiki class. Jen, the only white girl in the halau, has “Miss Aloha Hula” dreams. Kanani, the youngest of the group is sick of being called a baby. And finally Pumehana is a passionate dancer who seems content with being the “big girl” in the back line. Can these hula sisters overcome their fears, pride and insecurities in order to discover the true meaning of hula? Or, will this art form be #forgotten to a generation of tweets and selfies?


Meet the Cast of ‘The Velocity of Autumn‘ at TAG

Meet the Cast of ‘The Velocity of Autumn‘ at TAG

‘The Velocity of Autumn’ Runs Through Nov. 20th

‘The Velocity of Autumn’ Runs Through Nov. 20th