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Honolulu, HI, 96813
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Music, Class, Improv and Chekhov

Charisma Industries

So Much Going On!

Our riveting production of Joker continues it's run here at Kumu Kahua Theatre.  We've also got Improvaganza, a new workshop, an acclaimed Maori quartet, Anton Chekhov and our play contest winners to tell you about!


Critically Analyzing a Theatrical Performance

We're offering a new experience at Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Playwright, Director and Actress, Taurie Kinoshita will discuss Joker as she guides us throiugh a free workshop on critical analysis of theatre.   

What is the difference between Matisse and a child's finger painting?  Is all art "just a matter of opinion"?  This promises to be an exciting and provocative conversation aimed at understanding What Makes a Play Great and how to become a more enlightened theatre-goer.

This workshop will take place immediately following our Thursday, October 1st performance and should last approximately one-hour.  No need to reserve a spot for the workshop, just see the show that night and stay, or come to the theatre around 10p to join us.

If you are interested in an additional workshop prior to the show on Sunday, October 4th, please send me an email and we will notify you where that will take place (it will begin at 12:30p).


Play Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Kumu Kahua Theatre and University of Hawaii at Manoa Theatre and Dance Department annual playwriting contest!

Hawaii Prize
Typeepee: A Romance of the South Sea
Kemeul DeMoville

Resident Prize
Chicken Fight
Lee A Tonouchi


Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Workshop

Kumu Kahua Theatre will hold a two-day intensive workshop on the Michael Chekhov acting technique in September.

Michael Chekhov was the nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov and was Stanislavsky’s ‘most brilliant pupil.’ He was known as one of Russia’s most talented and innovative actors, who intrigued his audiences with his imaginative and genuine character interpretations. After his exile from Russia and stays in Germany, France, England, he settled in America, where he continued his pioneering work.  More...

Improvaganza Returns to Kumu Kahua Theatre

A part of our Dark Night series, we're very excited about co-hosting Improvaganza again this year with The ARTS at Marks Garage, on September 24-27!

Hawaiʻi's only international festival dedicated to improv comedy and improvised theatre attracts improv groups from all over the globe to our little corner of Chinatown. In past years, Improvaganza has welcomed improvisers from ‘Aiea, Austin, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kailua-Kona, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Turin, Italy; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Stockholm, Sweden; and Tokyo, Japan.

We can't wait to see who visits us this year!  More...


Dark Night Performance

New Zealand’s acclaimed Modern Maori Quartet is heading to Honolulu this month for two performances.

The Maori foursome performs their signature cabaret show, An Evening with the Modern Māori Quartet on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu.

Filled with waiata (song), humour and charm, Modern Māori Quartet offer a fresh take on classic Māori showbands, crooning their spin on modern and classic numbers.  More...


Joker by Yilong Liu

Joe is unable to let go of a lover who has passed away, which negatively affects his current relationships. He begins to harbor resentment and becomes a man who causes pain not only to himself, but to all those close to him.

Love, secrets and betrayal abound in this realistic look into lives touched by fear of exposing one man’s love for another.

2015 Po'okela awards: Leading Male in a Play: Jason Kanda in Joker and Special Adjudicator Award for Yilong Liu: Original Script, Joker!

Denise Aiko Chinen and Jason Kanda in Joker
Photo by Denise De Guzman