New play explores the past at Paliku Theatre

Malia Wong Leong

From Left: Alex Rafael, Michael S. Lau and Manuel A. Moreno (Photo Credit: Orrin Nakanelua)

By Malia Wong Leong

Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College  newest production, Stories of Kūpuna: Lights from the Past, will be opening Oct. 18.

The play, written and directed  Taurie Kinoshita and put on WCC’s Theatre production class will take you on a journey through time exploring the 1930’s to early 2000’s through stories and tales as told by  Kūpuna (elders).

Through a compilation of first-hand accounts of historical events and life lessons, the audience will be toffered a rare glimpse of life and events as they unfolded in Hawai’i.

Kinoshita’s production will touch upon a multitude of issues and events encountered throughout Hawai’i including Hansen’s disease, racism and same-sex harassment.

When asked about the inspiration behind the production, Kinoshita stated “On Aug. 12 my mentor, Terence Knapp, passed away. I was lucky enough to learn from his life stories of early days with the Royal Shakespeare Company, growing up in England during the bombing raids of WWII, and so many other important memories and ideas. Our show is dedicated to him.”

Kinoshita has directed a variety of productions for Paliku Theatre including Massie/Kahahawai and Burning/Memory; Pelicans and Dead of Night for Kumu Kahua Theatre and for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, Macbeth.

From Left: Victoria Kinard and Juvy Lucina (Photo Credit: Orrin Nakanelua)

Ticket information                              

Stories of Kūpuna: Lights from the Past

October 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and

October 20 and 23 at 4 p.m.

  • $10 Students (12+ and college students with ID), Seniors (65+), Military (with ID)
  • $15 Adults; Group rates available

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (808) 235-7315.


Palikū Theatre
Windward Community College
45-720 Kea’ahala Road, Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744

Box Office: 808-235-7315

FAX: 808-235-7312


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