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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States

808-536-4441

Current Season

46TH SEASON (2016-2017)


UchinaAloha


World Premiere by Lee A. Tonouchi

Directed by Reiko Ho

August 25 - October 2, 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 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. 

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.

Featuring a new composition by Jake Shimabukuro!


We are grateful to Central Pacific Bank for sponsoring this production.  Mahalo!!

And special thanks to our friends at Plato's Closet for donating costumes for this production!

SHOW DATES:

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



iHula


World Premiere by Ryan Okinaka

Directed by Harry Wong III

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 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 hiding 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?


SHOW DATES:

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)



Buffalo’ed


Hawai‘i Premiere by Jeannie Barroga

Directed by Reb Beau Allen

January 26 - February 26, 2017

Drama of Our Forgotten History



The same manifest destiny that absorbed Hawai'i also played a hand in the devastating Philippine War for Independence.  Buffalo Soldiers, serving in the US cavalry, were sent to fight against a population more similar to their own -  they both yearn for freedom.

Told through the conduit of an inventive range of theatrical tropes, this is a timely story history that needs to be told.


SHOW DATES:

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.


SHOW DATES:

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 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!


SHOW DATES:

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