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‘UchinaAloha’ at Kumu Kahua Theatre

‘UchinaAloha’ at Kumu Kahua Theatre


Kumu Kahua Theatre

August 25 - October 2, 2016

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm

UchinaAloha by “Da Pidgin Guerilla” Lee A. Tonouchi, the first show of Kumu Kahua Theatre’s 46th season, is a charming tale of generations of an Okinawan family in Hawai‘i.

David resists his grandfather’s sanshin lessons until he has the right motivation: a girl. A pretty young lady guest from Okinawa helps David and his friends discover much about themselves and David’s enigmatic grandfather.

This is a story about the change that any culture experiences when it is relocated. Grandfather wants to play music the way it is played in Okinawa, but his grandson wants to combine tradition with more modern methods and the mix of culture found in Hawai‘i.

When the guest from Okinawa arrives, she brings tradition and fresh perspective – teaching the family about present-day Okinawa. The grandson learns a new way of playing that honors Okinawan culture.

World-renowned musician Jake Shimabukuro wrote song specifically for this production.

Performance dates and times:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: August 25, 26, 27; September 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30; October 1, 2016
Sundays 2pm: August 28; September 4, 11, 18; October *2, 2016

(Please note, there will be no performances of UchinaAloha September 22-25; we will host Improvaganza that weekend)

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

Tickets for performances can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting the box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel and Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at KumuKahua.org.

Ticket prices are $5-$25.

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