(back L to R) James “Kimo” Bright & Shawn Thomsen;
(front L to R) Eleanor Svaton, writer Victoria Nalani Knuebuhl & Lauren Ballesteros

I’ve written about Honolulu’s Kumu Kahua Theatre before, and had the pleasure of speaking with the director Harry Wong. I hadn’t heard until this week, though, that the theatre may have to close next year due to funding cuts and well, the economy.

That’s some news given that 2011 is Kumu Kahua’s 40th anniversary bringing community-based theatre to local audiences and authentically reflecting island diversity. I agree with playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, whose play The Holiday of Rain (read a review here) is currently showing at KKT, that this would be a “huge cultural and artistic loss.”

Check out VNK’s history of the theatre in Hana Hou! Magazine, and then peruse the site.

You can help the theatre by making a donation or attending performances. Hope to see you there.