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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States


Current Season

Summer 2016 remount




JULY 14-31, 2016

After years of requests, Kumu Kahua Theatre will reprise its blockbuster-hit comedy about a land-rich/cash-poor local family preparing to move from Hawai‘i to Las Vegas.

Wally Fukuda lives in the Liliha district of Honolulu.  He’s a recently retired baker still recovering from his wife’s death.  His friend Harry, visiting from Las Vegas, tries to persuade him to sell his house, make the move, and enjoy a new life.  In spite of his love for Hawai‘i'’s fresh air and beaches, Wally warms to the idea, but when he seeks approval from his married son and unmarried daughter, one is opposed to the whole idea.  The ensuing debate over the relative merits (and demerits) of each location, embodied in the dynamics of a quick-changing contemporary local family, makes for great comedy--spiced with a strong dose of thought-provoking realism.  

This play broke Kumu Kahua box office records when originally staged in 1992, repeatedly selling out the 300-seat Tenney Theatre.  It was restaged in 2002 and 2005 and toured to other islands in 2006.


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm:
July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30

Sundays 2pm:
July 17, 24, & 31

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.

46TH SEASON (2016-2017)


World Premiere by Lee A. Tonouchi

Directed by Reiko Ho

August 25 - October 1, 2016

Charming Tradition vs. Change Comedy

“Da Pidgin Guerilla” Lee A. Tonouchi brings us a warm tale of generations of an Okinawan family in Hawai‘i. 

David Tamashiro 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 Tamashiros about present-day Okinawa.  The grandson learns a new way of playing that honors Okinawan culture.


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


World Premiere by Ryan Okinaka

Directed by Harry Wong II

November 3 - December 4, 2016

Hālau 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 Kūpuna 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 hālau, 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?


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26; December 1, 2, 3, 2016

Sundays 2pm: November 6, 13, 20, 27; December *4, 2016

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving)


Hawai‘i Premiere by Jeannie Barroga

Directed by Reb Beau Allen

January 26 - February 26, 2017

Drama of Our Forgotten History

The Buffalo Soldiers were primarily in the U.S. cavalry assembled during the Civil War. Their bravery impressed everyone and they were ‘invited’ to participate in more wars for ‘freedom’ world wide: Spanish-American War, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cuba, then Hawai‘i and Alaska, the Boxer Rebellion, the Philippine War for Independence.

Told through the conduit of a wide range of theatrical tropes, this is a timely story of a part of history that needs to be told: the Filipino and African-American experience at the hands of “manifest destiny.”


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 26, 27, 28
February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2017

Sundays 2pm:
January 29
February 12, 19, *26, 2017

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Super Bowl Sunday, February 5)

Black Faggot and Puzzy

Two One-Act Plays

Hawai‘i Premiere by Victor Rodger and Kiki

Directed by Taurie Kinoshita and Anapela Polataivao

March 30 - April 30, 2017

Clever and Rancorous Comedies

Through strong male and female voices, these poignant one-act plays allow you to eavesdrop on monologues and scenes that illustrate a broad spectrum of individuals experiencing homosexuality.

In Black Faggot, Victor Rodger, author of My Name is Gary Cooper, introduces us to a chaotic mix of men in the period of self-discovery and celebration of their sexual identity.

Written by Kiki, Puzzy is a coming-of-age story of a young Pacific Island woman, grappling with the reality of her sexuality and the pressure of generations of dogma.


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm:
March 30, 31
April 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2017

Sundays 2pm:
April 2, 9, 23, *30, 2017

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Easter Sunday, April 16)

Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight!

World Premiere by Lee Cataluna

Directed by Harry Wong III

June 1 - July 2, 2017

Neighborhood Montage Comedy

Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is cancelled for the first time in -- ever!   The usual attendees show up and process their shock over the cancellation-- while they eat, drink, talk story and play music. Uncle isn't saying why the party is cancelled, but everyone has a theory:  Illness?  Financial troubles?  Marital discord?  Gambling problem?  Eviction?  Erosion of societal values and loss of culture?  Or is Aunty just sick and tired of all their shenanigans?

The old friends spend the evening telling stories, laughing and sharing food.  But it’s not a party, because Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is CANCELLED!


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm:
June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 3
July 1, 2017

Sundays 2pm:
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July *2, 2017

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request