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Saturday, July 7: KALABASH

Kumu Kahua Theatre’s annual fundraiser returns better than ever! Food, music, improv, dance, Draw the Line, silent auction and more. More details coming soon.

Kumu Kahua will be featured in the April issue of Chinatown Newspaper—and we need a great shot of the theater to accompany the article. So we’re looking for your photography skills. Submit a high-res (at least six inches across and 300 dpi) digital color or black-and-white image by MONDAY, MARCH 19 to:

All photo entries will become the property of Kumu Kahua Theatre and may be used freely by the theater, but the one selected for the Chinatown Newspaper will win $50.

Your submission denotes full release of ownership to Kumu Kahua Theatre, though all photos used by Kumu Kahua will be credited whenever possible for one year from date of receipt.

Questions?: Call 536.4441

Past events

Friday, Feb 17: Draw the Line Fundraiser for Kumu Kahua
Top O‘ahu artists such as Aaron Padilla and Cade Roster hold a live drawing event at the theater on Feb. 17. Starting at 6pm, before the performance of Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre, 11 artists will be seated at tables on the theater lanai, creating visual art pieces live for almost two hours. Those pieces will be rendered using pen, ink, crayons, graphite and gouache. Volunteers will hang the works as they are completed—and those works will be immediately available for purchase. All pieces will cost only $20.

Come for a light dinner and show: Whole Foods Kahala heavy pupu and wine will be available for purchase and live music will be provided by Stephanie Keiko Kong, accompanied by guitar. You pay $5 for a plate, then fill it up as much as you like.

All art purchases come with a coupon from Robyn Buntin of Honolulu—get your artwork framed by the best framers in town. $5 off!

The talented artists creating pieces to support Kumu Kahua are: Jamie Allen, Roxy Chasle, Solomon Enos, Ryan Higa, Kelsey Hughes, Jon J. Murakami, Matt Ortiz, Aaron Padilla, Cade Roster, Mike Watanabe, and LeAnn Yamamoto. Kumu Kahua sends the artists and Draw the Line organizer Waileia Roster a big mahalo for their generous support of the theater.

Wednesday, Jan 25, 6pm: Teacher’s Hospitality Night + Preview of
Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre

Kumu Kahua invites middle, high school, college and university teachers—whether working at state, private or charter schools—to a free hospitality night in the theatre at 46 Merchant Street on Jan. 25.
The two-part program consists of an introductory “trailer” to the two new spring plays—Sean O’Malley‘s Wilcox’s Shot (March 29-April 29) and Alani Apio’s Kāmau A’e (playing May 31 to July 1) – and a complete preview performance of an adaptation of Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre opening Jan. 26.  The evening includes an intermission with light refreshments, where teachers and Kumu staff and volunteers can get acquainted.
The playwrights and directors will talk about how the plays were developed.  We’ll also introduce samples of our ED GUIDE for theater groups—we encourage teachers to bring school groups to these plays that look at Hawaiian issues and history—take advantage of our generous discount rates of $5 for students on Thursday and Friday nights.
Reservations are a must: Please call the Kumu Kahua Box Office at 536-4441, by Friday, Jan. 20, and talk with Box Office Manager, Margaret Welch.

Friday, Feb 3: Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre Talk Back with Lois-Ann Yamanaka
This performance of Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre will feature a post-performance “talk back” with author Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Hawai‘i’s pioneering literary voice and dedicated educator. Ask her questions about Saturday Night, writing, how she can be so bravely honest with her subject matter—anything you want! The theater has only 100 seats—get your tickets now.

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