What do Hawaiians really think about life in the Islands?

When the curtain goes up at the Kumu Kahua Theatre, O‘ahu’s modern city will seem to disappear. As the play, this time 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

For Islands Magazine.