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The newest addition to our department is the Hawaiian Theatre program. The program includes courses on the history of theatre in Hawai‘i, the study and analysis of indigenous Hawaiian theatre, and training in both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian performance forms. Original productions reflect and honor the language, traditions, history and values of the Hawaiian community.
Lā‘ieikawai, the inaugural hana keaka of the Hawaiian Theatre program, played to sold out audiences here at Kennedy Theatre. The production toured to Hilo, Hawai‘i, Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Lā‘ieikawai was also a featured showcase production at the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Degrees offered: MFA (Hawaiian Theatre), PhD (Hawaiian and Indigenous Performance)
NEWS: A new PhD Theatre concentration in Hawaiian and Indigenous Performance has been approved, and is accepting applications beginning Spring 2023. The concentration will nurture new scholarship grounded in traditional indigenous knowledge systems and methodologies geared towards a sustainable and liberated Oceania. Students will enroll in courses across the Mānoa campus that provide Hawaiian and Indigenous performance-related content.
Proposal focused on Indigenous Performance selected to receive funding
Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence awarded to Theatre + Dance Kumu Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker