Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

He Leo Aloha – Playbill

Written and Directed by MFA Candidate Kaipulaumakaniolono*
Music Direction and Arrangement by Ka Waihona A Ke Aloha, Kumu R. Keawe Lopes Jr. & the Tuahine Troupe

Mainstage Season
Presented Online
2021/2022 Season

Oct 8-10, 2021
FRI/SAT at 7:30pm
SUN at 2:00pm

Department of Theatre + Dance
College of Arts, Languages, & Literature
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Artistic Team 

Assistant Director: Iasona Kaper*
Stage Manager: Kekela Oku-Fernandez
Set Design: Michelle A. Bisbee
Set Construction Crew: Kara Nabarrete, Justin Fragaio, Jonah Bobilin, Mackenzie Bisbee, Danielle Tuscher, Ethan Castillo, Emily Taylor
Stage Crew: Ellison Akamine, Celena Carlsberg, Chrisslene Jimerson
Costume Design: Maile Speetjens
Costume Construction Crew: Hannah Archer, Kaneikoliakawahineika’iukapuomua Baker, Tuesday Doyle,  Jesse Höyhtyä, Saloni Mahajan, Nathan Manna, Jade Young, Devin Walter
Dressers:  Kira Magnuson, Tehonimauloaokalanihoe Naeole
Lighting Design: Jonah Bobilin
Master Electrician: Rebecca Mahar
Electrics Crew: the students of THEA 240
Sound Design: Brian Shevelenko
Sound Operator: Rick Greaver
Intimacy Choreography: Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker
Music Arrangement and Direction:  Ka Waihona A Ke Aloha, Kumu R. Keawe Lopes Jr. & the Tuahine Troupe 
Musicians: ʻElia Akaka, A. Lokelani Fergerstrom, Elijah Kalani Isaac, Taisamasama Kaʻiminaʻauao-Eteuati, Kaʻiulani Kanehailua, Kaʻōnohi Lopes, Keawe Lopes, Kyle Moriguchi, Devin Nakahara, Dylan Nakahara, Kahanuola Solatorio
Hula and Waltz Choreography: Kumu Hula Tracie Ka‘ōnohilani Lopes and Kumu Hula R. Keawe Lopes, Jr.
A Hua A Pane Mai Choreography: J. Lorenzo Perillo
Projection Design: Claire Paul
Video Production: Kamaʻāina Creations
Video Production Director: ʻĀina Paikai 
Video Producer: Keliʻi Grace
Video Camera Operators: Keliʻi Grace, Justyn Ah Chong, Wesley Kealoha
Video Sound Recording: K & K Productions
Video Sound Mixer: Kanani Wong
Faculty Consultants: Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker, R. Keawe Lopes, Jr., Brian Shevelenko, Michelle A. Bisbee

Cast 

KEAOMĀLAMAIHAʻEHAʻE (HAʻEHAʻE) – Kaʻula Krug

KAʻANOʻIPUA (ʻANOʻI) – Kaneikoliakawahineikaʻiukapuomua Baker

KEAHILAPALAPA (LAPA) – Joshua Kamoaniʻala Tavares* 

HIʻILEIALOHA (HIʻI) – Lily Hiʻilani Kim-Dela Cruz Okimura*

LEIMILIAKAMANAʻO (MILI) – Ākea Kahikina*

KALEOKOLONAHEAKAPUʻUWAI (NAHE) – Ikaika Mendez


*In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree

Projected run time is approx. 2 hours with a short intermission.


Join members of the cast, crew, and creative team for a Post-Show Rap / Q & A following the show stream on Sunday, October 10. Join them via Zoom at 4:30pm (HST) by clicking this link:

https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/96663966034

Patrons from all of the performances of He Leo Aloha are invited – save the link to your calendar!


Director’s Note

Wahi a nā kūpuna, “e mālama i ka leo, ʻo ia ke kuleana e kipa”. Eia aʻela he leo aloha. E kipa, e noho, e nānea i nei leo kamaʻāina, ka leo Kanaka hoʻi o ka ʻāina. Ka leo hoʻokahi ia o nā kūpuna mai ke au kūliʻuliʻu o ko kākou pae ʻāina. I ia leo ke ola, i ia leo nō hoʻi ka make. Ua hei maoli nō kākou i ka mana o ka leo, nāna nō hō mai ka mālamalama a me ka pōuli. Na ka leo kāpekepeke e hihi ka nahele a na ka leo kōī e naku aku a waele ke ala. ʻO ko kākou leo ka mea e kuleana ai kākou i kēlā ala kēia ala a kākou e keʻehi aku ai. No laila, e pūlama i ka leo, e makeʻe i ka leo, e hoʻoheno i ka leo aloha. 

He hana keaka ʻo He Leo Aloha e hoʻohuahualau ana i nā pilina kānaka a me kēia mea ʻo “ke aloha”. ʻEhia kā mea o ke aloha? E aha ana lā kākou i ke au pākaʻawili o ke aloha? Na wai e ʻole ke aloha? ʻO ke aloha anei kai ʻoi aʻe? Ua palena ʻole maoli anei ke aloha? Pehea lā e mau ai ke aloha? He aha nā pōhaku nāna e kīpaepae i ke kahua o ia mea ʻo ke aloha? ʻO ka leo, ʻo ka ʻōlelo a ʻo ka lawena nāna e pili pū, ʻo ia ka haku o ke ao. Ma o ka mana o ko kākou leo e kūkā kamaʻilio ai kākou i ka pono o ko kākou aloha ʻana kekahi i kekahi, he hoa a he hoa, he kumu a he haumāna, he kāne a he wahine, he kāne a he kāne, he wahine a he wahine, he makua a he keiki, he moʻopuna a he kupuna. Pehea lā e pono ai kēia mau pilina? He pono i ka leo. He pono i ka leo aloha.

Heed the words of our ancestors, “tend your voice for it is the privilege by which you may visit”. Here is a voice of aloha. Visit, sit, enjoy the voice of these children of the land. The singular voice of the ancestors from time immemorial. In this voice is life, in this voice is death. We are snared by the power of the voice, it will illuminate us and it will send us quietly to the dark blue. Care for your voice, covet your voice, cherish the voice of aloha.

He Leo Aloha is a play which interrogates traditional heteronormative relationships and this thing called “aloha”. Is aloha a many, splendid thing? Does aloha lift us up where we belong? Is aloha all we need? Does aloha truly know no bounds? What are the stones which pile to solidify the foundation which is aloha? It is the voice, it is the language and the actions that accompany it. The voice is faithfully the lord of life. And it is by the power of this voice that we shall measure, discuss and negotiate what it means to have “aloha” for one another as friends, as teachers and students, as partners, as child and parent as well as grandchildren and grandparents. How shall these relationships come to know righteousness? They shall know it in the voice. They shall know it in a voice of aloha.

Kennedy Theatre Staff

Department Chair: Markus Wessendorf
Associate Chair, Theatre: Julie A. Iezzi
Interim Associate Chair, Dance: Jhalak Kara Miller
Production Manager: Rick Greaver
Theatre Manager/Publicity: Jessica L. Jacob
Operations Coordinator/Publicity Associate: Christine Lamborn
Technical Director: Gerald Kawaoka
Costume Shop Manager:  Hannah Schauer Galli
Office Staff: Lori Chun, Jenna Wheeler-Gonsalves

Front of House

Closed Captions: Kaipulaumakaniolono Baker
Publicity Photography: Jonah Bobilin
Publicity Assistant: Landon McCann
Production Photographer: Christine Lamborn
Digital Playbill: Christine Lamborn

Front of House Information

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Special Thanks

No Hina ē, kuʻu koʻo kau poʻohiwi, 
No Hina ē i ka wai hiʻilei aloha,
No Hina ē i ke ala lau makani,
No Hina ē kuʻu lei makamae,
No Hina ē ua hina iho au,
Hina au ē, Hina au lā,
Ua Hina iho, hiolo i kou aloha,
Na Hina nō au i kū,
Na Hina nō au i moe,
Na Hina nō kuʻu kapuaʻi wāwae i kākaʻi ai ke ala.
No Hinaikawaihiʻilei Nanikaʻala Keala kuʻu aloha,
No ua Hina lā kuʻu kipona mahalo.
 
“Mahalo nui to all of the kūpuna, mākua and keiki who brought me to this moment. Mahalo nui i koʻu mau mākua, na lāua nō i pāhola maila kēia kuleana hoʻoheno moʻolelo iaʻu, me ʻolua nō kuʻu kipona aloha a mahalo hoʻi e Hailiʻōpuaikalaumakanilikoikaʻiukapu lāua ʻo Kalikoakaʻōpuaikaʻiukapuolono, a pēlā pū hoʻi ʻoe e Kaneikoliakawahineikaʻiukapuomua. Mahalo nui nō hoʻi i ka ʻohana Keala, iā Pili, Kona, Kapiʻo, Keēwe, Hōkū, Kai a me ʻanakala Buddy. A he keu hoʻi kuʻu aloha i ka wahine luana i ka wai hiʻilei, iā Hina nō hoʻi. 
 
Mahalo especially the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana for the formal trainings they have privileged me with since my formative years. Mahalo nō hoʻi iā Kumu Keawe a me ka Waihona a ke Aloha, ka papahana hoʻoheno mele o Kawaihuelani. Mahalo nō hoʻi iā Kainehe a me Bell no ka hoʻoponopono ʻana i kēlā mau kiʻi me kahi wikiō.”
 

Acknowledgments

Native Hawaiian Student Services 
 
Haleleʻa Arts Foundation 
 
Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club

The UHM ticket program is supported in part by a grant from the Student Activities and Program Fee Board.

Kennedy Theatre is a member of the Hawai’i State Theatre Council


This production is entered as a Participating Production in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The aims of this national theater education program are to identify and promote quality in college-level theater production. To this end, each production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in KCACTF programs involving scholarships, internships, grants and awards for actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics at both the regional and national levels.

Productions entered on the Participating level are eligible for invitation to the KCACTF regional festival and may also be considered for national awards recognizing outstanding achievement in production, design, direction and performance.

Last year more than 1,500 productions were entered in the KCACTF involving more than 200,000 students nationwide. By entering this production, our theater department is sharing in the KCACTF goals to recognize, reward, and celebrate the exemplary work produced in college and university theaters across the nation.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David M. Rubenstein. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; and the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation.

Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts

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