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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States


47th Season

47TH SEASON (2017-2018)

Who Killed Gilbert Botello?

by Garrick Paikai

August 24 - september 24, 2017

Rollicking Farce

Gilbert Botello is dead.  But who killed him?  Was it the butler or the maid?  Was it the eccentric tycoon or his son?  Detective Roy Rodger Kalauakekahuna III and his sidekick Officer Billy Souza investigate the murder and astonishing events surrounding the untimely demise of Gilbert Botello in this comedic murder mystery.  Peopled with recognizable characters, Who Killed Gilbert Botello reshapes the typical British whodunnit into a refreshing representation of Hawai‘i.

Kumu Kahua Theatre proudly invites you to an interactive Murder Mystery Fundraising Party for The ARTS at Marks Garage!  We'll begin at The ARTS with a live, interactive escape-room style murder mystery, then walk to Kumu Kahua Theatre to watch Who Killed Gilbert Botello? with priority seating.  Pupus provided by Bethel Union and your first drink at The Bar At Marks Garage is on us!


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: August 24, 25, 26, 31; September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2017

Sundays 2pm: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, *24, 2017

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

Wild birds

A World Premiere by Eric Anderson

November 2 - December 3, 2016

Historical Drama

Amos and Juliette Cooke had the best intentions.  In 1839 Honolulu, the couple was deeply honored to be chosen to personally oversee the education of the children of the kings and queens of Hawai‘i.  But how does one enforce rigorous discipline on a sacred ali‘i child?  When is education a form of imperialism?  Inspired by historical events, Wild Birds tells the story of intense cultural clashes, the effects of western education on the indigenous monarchy, and the ultimate disillusionment of a teacher.  


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30; December 1, 2, 2017

Sundays 2pm: November 5, 12, 19, 26; December *3, 2017

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Thursday, November 23 -Thanksgiving)

living room

A World Premiere by William Kahele

January 18 - February 18, 2018

Moving Comedy

Eli’s family and friends are well-meaning, but they won’t leave him alone as he wrestles with his troubled past and uncertain future.  Millie, Rose, Fannie and Junior haunt Eli with their concerns until they nearly drive him crazy.  Eli’s indomitable sense of humor and a handsome stranger may be his saving grace in this comedy about the drama one local man faces alone in a crowded room.

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Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27; February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2018

Sundays 2pm: January 21, 28; February 11, *18, 2018

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Super Bowl Sunday, February 4)

demigods anonymous

A World Premiere by Noa Helela

March 22 - April 22, 2018

Absurd Comedy

Power is both a curse and a gift.  As a modern demigod, Noe takes college courses, parties with her friends, and tries to stop herself from turning into a giant lizard.  Her friend, Marcella, is dealing with her unwanted tendency to become a mountain lion; Blaine transforms into a shark when aggravated.  These contemporary Kupua are like most people in their 20s... except for their ability to manifest ancient demigod powers and transform into animals...


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31; April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 2018

Sundays 2pm: March 25; April 8, 15, *22, 2018

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Easter Sunday, April 1)

dead of night

by Edward Sakamoto

may 24 - June 24, 2018

Suspenseful Drama

Pre-statehood Honolulu, 1956: despite recently unionizing, Alex and his three best friends desperately struggle to provide for their families.  Joined by a mainlander, the four local men decide to violently pressure their company's boss to meet the union's demands.  When money is always the bottom line, can idealism and friendship ever win?  Celebrated and ground-breaking, Edward Sakamoto's Dead of Night is a suspenseful thriller about economic reality and the death of idealism.


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: May 24, 25, 26, 31; June 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2018

Sundays 2pm: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, *24, 2018

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request



JULY 12 - 29, 2018

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At 8:07 AM on January 13, 2018, residents of Hawaii were informed that they were under the threat of an inbound ballistic missile.  Shortly after that day Kumu Kahua Theatre broadcasted a call for submissions from playwrights inspired by that Saturday morning. Presented by an ensemble of actors, 38 Minutes’ first act is a culmination of select scenes and monologues that were submitted.  The second act is improvised, shaped by audience feedback on their experiences of those 38 minutes, directed and facilitated by the skilled and experienced duo, Monica and Squire Coldwell.


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28

Sundays 2pm: July 15, 22 and 29