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E Hoʻokipa Mai!

Moku o Keawe
Theatre History

Performance on the Island of Hawaiʻi,

beginning in 1938 and on-going today....

Our Moʻolelo

More than 80 years of acting, singing, dancing, and general cavorting will be captured here to chronicle the stories behind the building of our island's stage production history.

It always began with directorial vision, then reached fruition via the collaborative efforts of theatre folk who slogged through production meetings 

and didn't hesitate to stretch their range in rehearsals.   Endless blocking, singing, dancing, and exploring the power of the ensemble tell a hallowed tale of the excitement of treading the boards.  When the call for  "places" echoes through the venue--be it a proscenium theatre, a black box, a school cafeteria, a library, a park, or a street--the flourishes of costumes, scenery, lighting and makeup transport all to that very moment  of discovery: 

what world will be revealed?  what people scrutinized? what story celebrated?

Here on  the Moku o Keawe, the Island of Hawaiʻi.


The Poet,
an original
musical UHH,




Adapted from Frances H. Kakugawa's award-winning children's books, over 3,000 school children enjoyed the story of a poet mouse and his ʻohana in a Hawaiian rain forest. 


Directed by Dr. Justina ʻŌlalimākiaikalauaki Mattos,

adapted by Professor Emerita Jackie Pualani Johinson,

and featuring performers of all ages. 

Pictured:mau Beaudet, Kamehameha High School

as Wordsworth

OLIVER! at UHH.jpg

Oliver! at UH Hilo, 1980

The street urchins sing hungrily about food while in the lair of professional Pick Pocket aficionado, Fagin.

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