Originally produced by Kumu Kahua in 1999 at McKinley High School, Ulua comes to Kumu’s intimate stage for the first time. Ulua: The Musical will play at Kumu Kahua Theatre 46 Merchant Street, downtown Honolulu, and opens January 12 and runs through February 12.

Kumu Kahua Theatre is an air-conditioned, intimate 100-seat performance space; to avoid disappointment, patrons should purchase tickets in advance. Performances are at 8pm Thursday through Saturday, with a 2pm Sunday matinee. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting our Box Office between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Ticket prices range from $16 to $5. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 27. For more information about this and other productions, visit www.kumukahua.org.

Kumu revives a popular work by playwright, screenwriter, and newspaper columnist Lee Cataluna, with music by playwright Sean T.C. O’Malley. Leaving his job, his Bowflex, and Lylas, his twitchy-eyelidded, overdependent fiancée on O`ahu, local boy Kayden Asiu explores life’s options on Maui. He gets a job building rock walls, where he meets Butchie and Clyson, two co-workers who introduce him to the joys of all-night ulua fishing. But matters grow complicated when his fiancée follows him to Maui (inspiring the song “Opihi Girl”). Filled with lighthearted local humor, surprising plot twists, and comic musical numbers (such as “Kay den, I see you,” “Get Hooked,” and “Everything is No Ka Oi on Maui”).

Kumu Kahua Theatre Artistic Director Harry Wong will direct the play. The production team includes music direction by James Santos, choreography by Nara Conaty, set design by Dan Gelbmann, light design by Mike Lee and costumes by Alvin Chan. The cast features Kumu veterans Meredith Desha, Wil Kahele, Jason Kanda and Danel V. Verdugo. Jabez Armodia and Nanilisa Pascua will be making their Kumu debut with Ulua: The Musical.

Kumu Kahua productions are being supported by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts celebrating more than thirty years of culture and the arts in Hawai‘i (with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts); the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, Mufi Hannemann, Mayor; The Hawai‘i Community Foundation; and Foundations, Businesses and Patrons.

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