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Program

Ua Pau (It is Finished, Over, Destroyed)

by alani aPio
Directed by Harry Wong III

 Set Design by Paul Yau
Lighting Design by Brian Sackett
Costume Design by Iris Kim


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Please, no photography or recording of any kind during the performance, except by prior arrangement with Kumu Kahua Theatre.

Also in consideration of those around you please turn off all cell phones, and personal electronic devices.

KUMU KAHUA PRODUCTIONS are supported by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, celebrating more than thirty years of culture and the arts in Hawai‘i (with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts), the Atherton Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee), Hawaiian Electric Company, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Hawai‘i Community Foundation and other foundations, businesses and patrons.


OUR PRODUCTIONS ARE SPONSORED IN PART BY THE FOLLOWING:

Grantors

  • The City and County of Honolulu

  • The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

  • McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee)

  • and other generous foundations.

Sponsors

  • The Richard Aadland Fund

  • The Robert Emens Black Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

  • The Iwamoto Family Foundation

  • Edric Sakamoto


CHARACTERs (alphabetical)

Dad / Boss ................................................................ Daryl Bonilla
Michael Mahekona (Maiko)................................. Wil Kahele
Stevie-Girl................................................................. Maile Kapua‘ala
Mona / Mom ............................................................. Lelea‘e “Buffy” Kahalepuna-Wong
George ........................................................................ Kirk A. Lapilio Jr.
Lisa .............................................................................. Annie Lokomaika‘i Lipscomb
Alika Kealoha............................................................ Charles Kūpahu Timtim

Setting: Modern Day O‘ahu and Memories
THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION


THE PLAYWRIGHT

ALANI APIO grew up in Pu‘uloa, also known as ‘Ewa Beach, in a family of fisher-people. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and University of Hawai‘i, with a degree in Drama and Theatre. Currently, he works on helping to keep aloha present in the islands through supporting those experiencing homelessness via a group of volunteers who call themselves Hui Aloha (huialoha.org).

PLAYWRIGHT’S NOTES: The most valuable gift I can offer, I believe, is to be absolutely honest with myself and others about my experience of being human. Ua Pau, and the stories that make up the Kāmau trilogy, are my attempt to interpret my life, and the lives of those around me, in the most honest and compelling way possible.

Ua Pau is the summary of a lifetime of work. And, as theater is an intensely collaborative art, I did not create these plays on my own. I am deeply thankful for the initial teaching and guidance of Professor Dennis Carroll, the visionary, penetrating work of Director Harry Wong, who directed each play’s premier production, the commitment and deep talent of Charles Timtim, who has been a lead in every play’s premier production as well, and every cast and crew member since Kāmau opened in 1994. In the end, I just hope this story helps to cut down the distance that we’ve built between one another.


THE DIRECTOR

HARRY WONG III is a graduate from UH Manoa with an MFA in Theatre Direction. He has been the Artistic Director of KKT since 1997,and was a KKT Board Member from 1989 to 1997. In 1990, he stage-managed KKT’s international tour to Edinburgh, Washington, DC; and the Los Angeles International Festival of the Arts. He also served as an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow with the Washington Arena Theatre. His KKT directing credits include acclaimed productions such as To The Last Hawaiian Soldier and Fishing For Wives. Most recently Harry, directed The Watcher of Waipuna, Shipwreck’d on the Body Beautiful, or the Tats Dancing Man, Demigods Anonymous, and Living Room.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES: The other day I was telling a group of actors about the first production of Kāmau. One of the actors said, “Hoah, that’s when I was born.” 1994. I’m just saying that I’ve been with this story for awhile. Kāmau and Kāmau A‘e have had immeasurable influence on my work, thought, and life. But like any production, I plan to approach this current play sui generis, “of its own kind,” discovering what makes Ua Pau unique. For me that journey starts with the formation of a question.

My six year old daughter is one eighth Hawaiian, and unless she hooks-up with another Hawaiian when she grows up and has a kid, that blood quantum gets smaller with her children. I know this question is problematic, pessimistic, and simplistic, but, what’s gonna make us Hawaiian when that quantum is so little it’s...gone? What will us Hawaiian’s do?


ABOUT THE CAST (alphabetical)

DARYL BONILLA (Dad / Boss) has appeared in several KKT productions including Da Beer Can Hat, Living Room, and Who Killed Gilbert Botello?. His TV and film credits include roles in Hawaii Five-0, Beyond Paradise, To End All Wars, and as “The Bank Guy” in Bank of Hawai‘i commercials. He also performs stand-up comedy and has a comedy album What Year You Grad? on iTunes & Spotify.

LELEA‘E “BUFFY” KAHALEPUNA-WONG (Mona/ Mom), is a Kalani High School graduate and holds her certificate of completion from Hawaiian ‘Ohana Education in the Arts. A multiple Po‘okela Award recipient, she was recently seen in A Timeless Princess (Edgewater Company), The Watcher of Waipuna, Demigods Anonymous (KKT),The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (UHM) and Happily Eva Afta (MVT).

WIL KAHELE (Michael Mahekona (Maiko)) has much acting experience to his credit, including several musicals at DHT, MVT, and ACT, as well as work in films, including Under the Blood Red Sun, 6B, The Ride, Silent Years, and The Sand Island Drive-in Anthem. For KKT he appeared in Echoes of Dat Red Guitar, Folks You Meet in Longs, and Flowers of Hawai‘i. He recently directed Pakalolo Sweet and co-directed Kāmau, which also toured to the Pacific Arts Festival in Samoa. He also directed Māui the Demigod, Kāmau A‘e, Joker, and Koi, Like the Fish (KKT).

MAILE KAPUA‘ALA (Stevie-girl) was most recently seen in Rolling the R’s (KOA), All’s Well that Ends Well (HSF), Demigods Anonymous, and Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight! (KKT). She also appeared in Buffalo’ed (KKT), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MVT), and Twelf Nite O Wateva! (HMH).

KIRK A. LAPILIO JR. (George) is a graduate of Leeward Community College. He recently performed in The Tempest (HSF), The Watcher of Waipuna (KKT), Folks You Meet in Longs (LCC), and King Lear (HSF). He previously performed in Wild Birds and Demigods Anonymous (KKT). He received a Po‘okela award for Best Ensemble for Clockwork Cutie Review (LCC)

ANNIE LOKOMAIKA‘I LIPSCOMB (Lisa), a culture educator at the Bishop Museum, is from Hilo and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Beloit College as well as an MA in Dance Ethnology from UHM. She was last seen at KKT in Ka‘iulani, Massie/Kahahawai, in the touring revival of Kāmau and in the double bill of Waiting For A King / Kalua‘iko‘olau. Annie has also performed in One Fond Embrace, Te Reina (Bishop Museum), Ho‘ina (Tau Dance Theatre), Kū A Mo‘o (HTY), and Indecent (AMG/OHPN).

CHARLES KŪPAHU TIMTIM (Alika Kealoha) has over 25 years of performance experience. He has previously performed at KKT in Kāmau and Kāmau A'e, prequels to Ua Pau. He has also been seen in Once Upon One Noddah Time and The Princess and the Iso Peanut (OP) and Rap’s Hawai‘i (HTY). He has also been seen in Victoria Kneubuhl’s site-specific historical reconstructions of the Overthrow period, Mai Poina, Trial of the Queen, The Annexation Debates. He has considerable film and TV experience as well.


THEATRE ABBREVIATIONS

 
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The design and production team

JOHNNY ‘IMAIKALANI PASTOR (Stage Manager / Assistant Director) has been a stage manager in a variety of productions with LCC, UH, ACT, and SGI-USA. He also has served as Assistant Director for Hair Spray! (KHS) and as the stage manager sub for Wild Birds (KKT). He has been a House Manager volunteer with KKT for four years. He also served as Artistic Director and Choreographer at ‘Aiea High School for eight years.

PAUL YAU (Set Design) recently designed the set for Da Beer Can Hat (KKT), The

Tempest and Macbeth (HSF). He designed and co-designed sets for multiple recent TAG shows including The Road to Mecca and Sweat. He also has over 15 years of stage combat experience and is the recipient of three Po’okela performance awards. Film and television background credits include Godzilla, and Magnum, P.I.

IRIS KIM (Costume Design) designed costumes for Da Beer Can Hat, Dead of Night, and Black Faggot & Puzzy (KKT). She has designed costumes from the 1700’s (HSF), costumes that were immersed in water (WCC), costumes inspired from “plantation days” (HTY) and jinju-inspired-cartoon-rejects costumes (WCC). She is also the assistant costume shop manager at UH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre.

BRIAN LEE SACKETT (Lighting Design) has been involved in Hawaii theatre for 20-plus years. He has worked in every facet of theatre, other than playwriting, which he is quick to admit is beyond his skill set.


Production Credits

Technical Director ................................................Paul Yau
Light and Sound Operator..................................Joey Humel
Dramaturg................................................................Makiilei Ishihara

Fight Choreographer………………………...Tony Pisculli

Fight Captain…………………………………Kirk A. Lapilio Jr.
Poster Design and Program Layout ...............Grace Chee
Photography ...........................................................Brandon Miyagi


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Donors

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