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by Katja A. Silverå, Arts & Entertainment editor emerita

As a not-for-profit community theater, the productions are supported by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, and the Hawaii Council of the Humanities, together with local business and public foundations.
For tickets or more information: Call the box office at 808-536-4441, visit the Web site at kumukahua.org, or e-mail kumukahuatheatre@hawaiiantel.net.

Fall production: WHO THE FIL-AM I?

In this original drama written and directed by Troy Apostol, three Filipino-Hawaiians in their mid-20s, journey to the Philippines. Malcom has been there before, as an Ivy League college student teaching English to high school students, and he speaks Tagalog. Ronald, his cousin, is a surfer without much desire to experience the world outside of Hawai‘i–until this trip. Tomas, Ronald’s best friend, appears at first to be little more than a jive-talking, beer-guzzling party animal.

Personalities clash and tempers flare as the priorities of the trip are heatedly debated and all three struggle to come to grips with their ancestry and their multi-ethnic, multi-cultural identities. Their odyssey gives theatergoers a taste of life in the Philippines as the trio travels from Manila to Baguio and the sacred caves of Sagada, and from a descent into the underworld to a new level of enlightenment and understanding of themselves and one another.

The production opens Nov. 9 and plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and sundays at 2 p.m., through Dec. 10. Tickets go on sale Oct. 23.


In Kumu Kahua’s recent production of Edward Sakamoto’s Mahalo Las Vegas “California” Harry, left (Allen Okubo) checks out the bling on the finger of his date Violet Tamburano as, in the background, Wally Fukuda (Dann Seki) and Polly Morehouse (Sylvia Hormann-Alper) dance the night away .

Photo by Brad Goda


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