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September 20 – December 6, 2019
Fridays at 9:00 & 10:00am
This interactive event is has a small audience limit by design, maximum 30 patrons per showing. It is nearly sold out – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to find out what dates are available!
Celebrating the beauty, versatility, and importance of kalo to the land and culture of Hawaiʻi, this theatrically immersive piece promotes aloha ʻāina and is intended for very young audiences and their guests. Keiki Kalo is an expedition of the senses, offering an intimate look into the glorious worlds that flow in and out from the life of a single plant.
Recommended for ages 0-4. Floor and bench seating. Approx 35 minutes.
Tue. October 1 at 9:00 & 10:30am
Wed. October 2 at 9:30am
Thu. October 3 at 9:00 & 10:30am
Hana Keaka Production
Hawaiian Language Theatre
Written and Directed by Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker
In Collaboration with an artistic team of award-winning kumu hulas and composers
Set in 2019, four haumāna (students) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa embark on a research project that takes them into the repository of 19th century Hawaiian language archival materials. Delving into the archives, the haumāna begin to interrogate the histories of Ko Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina (the Hawaiian archipelago). They seek the meaning of mana (divine power/authority) and an understanding of lāhui (nation) as they reframe the narrative of Kānaka Maoli. In connecting with their kūpuna (ancestors) and affirming their foundation as Kānaka Maoli, they discover their mana in the resilience of their kūpuna to retain their heritage.
Wed. February 12 at 9:30am
Thu. February 13 at 9:00 & 10:30am
Wayang Listrik Production
(shadow theatre featuring puppets, shadow actors, dancers, and live gamelan music)
Traditional Balinese folk tale adapted by I Ketut Wirtawan and I Made Moja
Directed and Produced by Kirstin Pauka
Compositions and Musical Direction by I Made Widana
One night during a traditional Hindu ceremony in a community on Nusa Penida (a small neighbor island to Bali) the supernaturally power demon, Dalem Bungkut, causes chaos, disrupting the ceremony and causing sickness and misery among the people. The village leader must travel to Bali to request the assistance of King Dalem Dimade in driving out the demon. The king agrees to help and sends his trusted minister, Jelantik Bogol, and his wife, Ayu Kaler, to challenge the demon in an epic battle of physical might, technical skill, and spiritual powers. Will the revered Last King of Bali and his emissaries have the power to overcome the demon? Featuring punakawan (clown characters), dramatic love scenes, and epic battles, this story comes to life through shadow puppetry, stylized acting, and dance, all accompanied by original live gamelan music.