When the curtain goes up at the Kumu Kahua Theatre, Oahu's modern city will seem to disappear. As the Kamau unfolds from a center stage covered in simple, woven lauhala mats, you'll form a new island vision. Since 1971, all of the original productions at this intimate 100-seat theater near Honolulu's historical Chinatown district have been performed in a relatable Hawaiian voice (often using Hawaiian or pidgin dialogue) with minimal costuming, to portray current local issues and concerns. This special engagement tells the story of Alika, a tour-bus driver whose family's oceanfront land is being purchased by a developer for a hotel. As the state's only theater company presenting plays about Hawaii by Hawaiian playwrights, it's your best chance to experience powerful revelations of what Hawaiians really think about life here -- an impact that won't disappear when the curtain falls. kumukahua.org
- Regular single-ticket prices during prime time shows are $16 general admission.
- To purchase tickets or season subscriptions, call the box office at 808-536-4441.