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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
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Donna Blanchard

PA’I Foundation, in association with Kumu Kahua Theatre, presents a 3-day Playwriting Workshop for island writers, with Native American playwrights Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe. The workshop – designed to serve writers of all levels, from novice to experienced – will focus on jump-starting the writing process, exercises for the imagination, writing from your cultural perspective, and practical tips for completing and developing your work. Think of it as a crash course in getting started!

While the workshop is conducted by Native artists and geared toward their indigenous perspective, participants of all cultural backgrounds – Native Hawaiian, Asian/Pacific Islanders and everyone living in the islands – are encouraged to attend.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Holds an Audition Workshop and Auditions

Donna Blanchard

Open auditions will be held to cast the world premiere of UchinaAloha, the first show of Kumu Kahua Theatre's 46th season.  The show will be directed by Reiko Ho and runs August 25 2016 through October 2, 2016, (taking a week off for Improvaganza Sept. 22-Sept 25.).

“Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” Lee 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 from Okinawa helps David and his friends discover much about themselves and David’s enigmatic grandfather.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents a Generation-Defining Comedy

Donna Blanchard

Returning home after trying to make it in New York, Emily tries to re-start her life in Hawai‘i.  Connected to the world through every electronic luxury, her un-plugged fantasy life bars her from a reality that might offer her a deeper sense of relationship and humanity.

Written in a unique style reflective of our current trends of social behavior, this play could very well define a generation.

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Successful One-Woman Show Comes to Kumu Kahua Theatre

Donna Blanchard

After a successful January run at the Honolulu Museum of Arts' Doris Duke Theatre, Jeannette Paulson Hereniko is excited to bring her one-woman show, WHEN STRANGERS MEET to the Kumu Kahua Theatre's Dark Night Series at 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 5; Monday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 7th.

Past presentations of WHEN STRANGERS MEET brought standing ovations and enthusiastic reviews from audiences who found her series of short vignettes  "heartwarming", "joyous", "inspiring" where they "laughed a little, cried a little."  

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