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Program

Pakalolo Sweet
by Hannah Ii-Epstein

Directed by Wil Kahele

Set Design by Justin Fragiao • Lighting Design by Kaci Yokoyama

Costume Design by Danielle Zalopany • Media Design by Denny Hironaga

Prop Design by T. Allen Matsumura • Sound Design by Stu Hirayama

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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, digital watches, pagers, 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 Tourism Authority, The Hawai‘i Community Foundation and other foundations, businesses and patrons.

Sponsored in Part By:


ensemble (in order of appearance)

Junior Boy........................................................Randall Galius Jr.

Nani....................................................................Pō‘ai Lincoln

Nani (Understudy)........................................Danielle Zalopany

Kahe...................................................................Theoren Nansen

Papa aka Uncle Makana..............................William Ha‘o

Pop aka Son aka Uncle.................................Eddy Gudoy

The Place: Waialua, North Shore, Oahu 

Time: Present Day, Saturday Night, 9pm Hawaii Time

THE PERFORMANCE WILL RUN WITHOUT AN INTERMISSION


The Playwright

HANNAH II - EPSTEIN (she/her/hers) is from the North Shore of Oahu and recently received her MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage at Northwestern University. She is a creative writer, dramatist, and Co-Artistic Director of Nothing Without a Company (NWaC). Since 2007, over twenty of her works were produced in Hawai‘i by Kumu Kahua Theatre and in Chicago by NWaC, About Face Theatre’s Babes on Stage, and Fury Theatre’s SAST. Hannah‘s film, Sweet, won Best Film Runner Up in Chicago’s 48HFP in 2015. In 2016 Hannah and her play, Not One Batu, was honored by Hawai‘i State Theatre Council Po‘okela Awards.

PLAYWRIGHT’S NOTES: Mental health is something that we don’t talk about enough as it is seen as weakness in our culture, especially for our kane. They are raised to be “strong,” to act like nothing affects them, to not talk about their feelings and emotions as if those words make them powerless and fragile. Our kane hide themselves in masculinity, what they think they are meant to be, and yet we find the pressure on them and the pressure they put on themselves can be fatal. It’s such a heavy weight for them to carry.

No one can know why a person makes certain choices, and who can really judge them to say they made the wrong decision? I can’t. I’m only in control of my body, of my life. But when someone is struggling, we want to help, it’s innately in us to empathize with their struggle.

Born as warriors in our modern time, our kane must learn to battle the stereotypes society puts on them, and if they are not willing to learn and to seek help we will be lost without them.

That is what I explore in Pakalolo Sweet, through a generational weed growing operation, we find people who must confront their choices, their words, and their actions, which have consequences beyond their own selves.


The Director

WIL KAHELE  has worn many hats at KKT including actor, director, and playwright. His acting credits include several musicals at DHT, MVT, and ACT, as well as work in films, including Haole, Under the Blood Red Sun, and The Ride. His many KKT appearances include Echoes of Dat Red GuitarFolks You Meet in Longs, and Flowers of Hawai‘i.  His KKT directing credits include JokerMāui the DemigodKāmau A‘e, and Koi, Like the Fish. He also co-directed Kāmau, which also toured to the Pacific Arts Festival in Sāmoa in 2008. 

DIRECTOR’S NOTES: When I was initially asked to direct Pakalolo Sweet, I was hesitant. Having watched Ii-Epstein’s sequel Not One Batu a few seasons earlier, I was afraid I did not know enough about the drug culture in Hawai‘i, most specifically the ice epidemic. So I took the script home for a couple days to read it over. While Pakalolo Sweet does offer a brief glimpse into the Hawai‘i drug experience, it is moreover a fascinating reveal into the extended family lifestyle unique to Hawai‘i. Most of this story revolves around Junior Boy, and to a larger extent, his mental health and the effect it has on the entire family, including his unborn son.


The Design and Production Team

JUSTIN FRAGIAO (Set Design) is a veteran KKT set designer. Pakalolo Sweet marks his 9th design for KKT. Previous shows include Dead of Night, #imbadatthis, Pelicans, Ka‘iulani, and Koi, Like the Fish. Justin has also served as KKT’s Technical Director for numerous productions throughout the years. He served as set designer/technical director for all three productions of the 2017 Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival. He was also the Technical Director at MVT for the ‘16-‘17 season.

KACI YOKOYAMA (Lighting Design) is currently working on her BFA in lighting design from SUNY Purchase College in New York. This is her first time designing lights for KKT. She has designed light for King Lear (HSF), Working the Musical, Bacchae of Euripides, The Aliens, and The Maids (SUNY Purchase).

DANIELLE ZALOPANY (Costume Design) (See actor bio)

DENNY HIRONAGA (Media Design) has worked at KKT in a number of capacities, including SM for Houston’s Tea, as AD for Territorial PlaysObake, and Mainland Education, and providing the video/graphics for the giant phone in #iambadatthis.  Denny also co-directed The Hilo Massacre. He loves making movies. His latest film Obake adapted from Ed Sakamoto’s play will premiere sometime this year. His next project is the feature film “Fixing Bobo” (working title) based on Darrell H. Y. Lum’s beloved short story “Da Beer Can Hat”.

STU HIRAYAMA (Sound Design) has several designs to his credit for KKT including Tea, The Songmaker’s Chair, The Great Kaua‘i Train Robbery, Shoyu on Rice, and Joker. As an actor, Stu has worked extensively for many theatre groups in Honolulu, including Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up? and All That Remains (KKT), Wait Until Dark and God of Carnage (MVT), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Glengarry Glen Ross (TAG). 

T. ALLEN MATSUMURA (Props Design) is dedicated regular behind the scenes of KKT productions. He recently worked as the stage manager for Wild Birds, and Uncle’s Garage Party is Cancelled Tonight!.


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Production Credits

Assistant Director.............................................................Danielle Zalopany

Technical Director.............................................................T. Allen Matsumura

Stage Manager.....................................................................T. Allen Matsumura

Light & Sound Operator..................................................Jolynn Humel

Poster Design and Program Layout.............................Brian Onaga

Photography.........................................................................Chris Kwock


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Donors

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