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Robert Cazimero Returns to the Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM, Hawai‘i’s most revered and loved kumu and singer, Robert Cazimero, returns to Kahilu Theatre to carry on with an unbroken 31-year-old tradition – celebrating May Day in Waimea.

Robert Cazimero

Robert Cazimero

Robert’s elegant voice is so distinctive that whether he performs on piano or with his brother Roland as the Brothers Cazimero, he is instantly recognized and people are compelled to listen.

Robert has been a part of close to 40 full album projects; many considered classics in the history of Hawaiian music. The popular success of the music he has made and participated in is recognized through dozens of awards, performances on the world’s most prestigious stages and the millions of albums that have been bought by people around the world.

Robert explains; “Whether you’re going to play at the Carnegie Hall or in Sam Kapu’s garage at Kapahulu, it’s the product and talent and the love that you bring that makes that place a Mercedes or Carnegie Hall. It really doesn’t matter about all the damn accoutrements. It’s what you feel and what you bring to that moment.”

Robert has studied the art of hula for decades and has been an essential player in the evolution of modern Hawaiian music. His passion and talent have played a huge role in taking Hawaiian music and dance to diverse stages all over the globe. Robert’s kane of Na Kamalei were overall winners at the 2015 Merrie Monarch Festival.

Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for evening shows, with food and beverages available for sale

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $47 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Lorraine and Marianne Maynard.

Prince Dance Institute Celebrates 10 Years at the Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, April 16, at 7PM, and Sunday, April 17, at 4PM, Prince Dance Institute celebrates 10 years of performing at the Kahilu Theatre with Deca:Dance. Close to 100 local performers from the Prince Dance Institute, ages five to adult, amateur to professional will come together in this multi-media dance performance and relive the most popular dance pieces from the last nine years in the retrospective show.

deca dance

Photo by Evan Bordessa

Founded in 2006 by Angel Prince, Prince Dance Institute (PDI) teaches a wide range of dance and movement classes at the Kahilu Theatre. Initially starting with only two students, PDI has grown significantly over the last decade and now has over 100 students of all ages enrolled in its after-school classes. Classes offered include contemporary dance, hip-hop and break dancing, hula, and more.

Over the last 10 years, Prince Dance Institute has created nine original theatrical dance shows combining contemporary dance with narration, video, and live music. The majority of those shows center around environmental topics such as sustainability, renewable resources, clean water, locally sourced food, and the importance of forests. “The idea of using art as a platform for greater good is not a new concept, but is something that I think that still holds great importance in our world today. Using dance and theatre as a medium for this cause is both educational and entertaining,” said Angel Prince, Artistic Director of Prince Dance Institute.

PDI will be welcoming back former dancers from past shows to reprise their roles in Deca:Dance. Among the returning dancers performing in this year’s show include Mimi and Brian Kerley, Kanoa Withington, Lia Cain, Erin Kawakami, Angel Prince, and Elizabeth McDonald. Playing live music on the Theatre’s new Steinway piano will be Everett Knowles and there will be video projection by several local video artists. Designer, and long-time Prince Dance Institute collaborator, Emily Leucht has also created over 150 costumes for this performance.

With choreography by Angel Prince, Lynn Barre, Elizabeth McDonald, Kai Webber, and Leia Lawrence, and exciting and eclectic music from Phillip Glass to Lordes, this performance will be both high energy and visually stimulating.

Deca:Dance will also play for local schools and children in two youth Shows on Wednesday, April 13th. For more information about the Youth Shows offered at the Theatre please contact Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for the Saturday performance and at 3pm for the Sunday performance. There will also be food and beverages available for sale. The Art Off The Wall exhibit will be showing in the Kohala Gallery.

Tickets are $32 / $27 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Amy Hanaiali’i Returns to Kahilu Theatre

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM, Kahilu Theatre presents the award winning, and much beloved, Hawaiian Singer-Songwriter Amy Hānaiali‘i.

Amy Hānaiali‘i is the aloha state’s top selling female vocalist of all time, and her success as a recording artist speaks for itself as evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

Hānaiali‘i has also won a range of Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, which showcases her varied musical depth.

Amy Hanaiali'i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Amy Hanaiali’i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Over the years Hānaiali‘i won the in following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others. Her diverse success, with cultural responsibility, provides clear recognition by Hawai‘i’s music community and Amy’s fans that her musical appeal is universally accepted. Hānaiali‘i’s albums have consistently been placed at the top of the World Album Billboard charts.

Hanaiali’i’s talent emerges from a disciplined blend of classical training, fusing powerhouse vocalists, and honoring her family through her worldly heritage and rooted ancestral responsibility.

Amy Hanaiali

Amy Hanaiali

Amy has played for sold out crowds in Europe, Japan, China, all across America, and French Polynesia. She also has performed live and opened for renowned artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joe Cocker and many more.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from United States International University- School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, Amy spent time with her paternal grandmother, International Hawaiian superstar – Jennie Nāpua Woodd. Undoubtedly her world famous falsetto training and strict pronunciation lessons gave Amy a beloved respect of Hawaiian Culture and Music, making her grandmother Nāpua one of Hānaiali’i’s most influential people in her life.

Aside from the music community, Hānaiali’i has garnered accolades from Pacific Business News as their “40 under 40 Business Person of the Year” award, recognizing not only Hānaiali’i’s talent, but also her business acumen needed to market her talent. Hānaiali’i has recently launched the Hānaiali’i Collection featuring a line of children’s clothing, inspired by her daughter, with legendary Hawai’i retailer Hilo Hattie. In addition to the clothing line, she has also launched a line of wines, as well as releasing a CD called Chardonnay; created to be enjoyed with her signature libations.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $47 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

The Kahilu Theatre performance is made possible by sponsorship from Nancy Lematta and Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel.

The Kahilu 2015/2016 Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by KAPA Radio and Kona Brewing Company.

Roseanne Barr to Perform at Kahilu to Raise Funds for Theatre’s Education Programs

Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 7:00 PM, Kahilu Theatre presents a night of stand-up comedy with comedy icon Roseanne Barr as a fundraiser for its education programs.

The Real RoseanneBig Island resident, comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, recent presidential candidate, and the original domestic goddess, Roseanne Barr hits the stage at Kahilu Theatre for an evening full of sidesplitting comedy that only she knows how to serve up. This special fundraiser is a gift from Roseanne to the Theatre, as all proceeds from the evening will go towards Kahilu education programs.

After nine years, 224 episodes, four Emmy awards, and countless other accolades, Roseanne is credited with single-handedly changing the medium of situational comedy forever. Her creation and portrayal of “Roseanne Conner” and the Conner family on ABC’s Roseanne, has been hailed as “the most ground breaking kitchen-sink sitcom since All in the Family,” (Entertainment Weekly) adding, “she’s the funniest disturber of peace that we have.”

She began her career as a stand-up comedian, turning her experiences as a wife and mother into a hilarious comedy act that audiences couldn’t resist. She subsequently produced and starred in her own hit sitcom Roseanne, which ran for nine seasons and averaged approximately 30 million viewers each week. The role earned Barr an Emmy Award, as well as Golden Globe, Kids’ Choice, and multiple American Comedy Awards.

In 2013, Roseanne returned to her stand-up roots headlining an exclusive run at the legendary Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. She also began blogging actively on her website, www.roseanneworld.com, and she is very active on Twitter as @TheRealRoseanne. Currently, Roseanne can be found on network television as the center judge on NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated series “Last Comic Standing.”

The halls of Kahilu Theatre will surely be full of laughs this Labor Day, as this high profile event is set to raise significant funds for Kahilu’s education programs.

Tickets are $88 / $68 / $48 / $20 and available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Free Keiki Performing Arts Workshop

Students entering grades 3-6 are invited to apply to the “Keiki Performing Arts Workshop” from July 28 to August 10 at Kahilu Theatre. This is a free two-week summer musical theatre and performing arts camp from 10am to 2:30pm, Monday through Saturday.

Courtesy of Steve Campbell of a young actor at a recent Kahilu Theatre Family Fun Day

Courtesy of Steve Campbell of a young actor at a recent Kahilu Theatre Family Fun Day

Founded in 2011, KPAW introduces children to different aspects of the performing arts. As schools have been forced to cut arts education, Kahilu Theatre is filling this gap by providing diverse arts education for youth.

After a physical warm-up, KPAW students participate in numerous acting games that involve physical awareness, improvisation and quick thinking. They rehearse music numbers each day, learning lyrics, tunes and choreography for the numbers. Students also explore theatre related arts and crafts, including costuming and set design. The final performance will be on Sunday, August 10th as part of Kahilu Theatre’s Family Fun Day.

Keiki Performing Arts Workshop was founded by Marena Dunnington and the teens of the Teen Theatre Troupe, now the Kahilu Youth Theatre Troupe. From Waimea, Marena is now a junior at Muhlenberg College, studying theatre and education. Performing since age three, Marena’s greatest joy is working with kids in a theatrical setting. Marena says “Art is so important to childhood development and to the well-being of a community, and our hope is to expose children in our community to as much art as we can so that they can learn and grow from it.”

All of the KPAW teachers are college students pursuing performing art careers. KPAW will also be assisted by high school students from Waimea. Students only need to bring lunch, everything else will be provided by Kahilu Theatre.

Applications for KPAW are available at http://kahilutheatre.org/Education/Youth and due by June 11. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 17, 2014. KPAW is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Farm to Table Benefit for Kahilu Theatre and PA‘I Foundation

Farm to table will take on new meaning at the Farm to Table benefit event for Kahilu Theatre and PA‘I Foundation on June 1st: all the food – meats, dairy products and produce – will come from the farm literally footsteps away from the table.

The Kahilu Theatre photo by Jane Sibbett

The Kahilu Theatre photo by Jane Sibbett

Real Farm at Waikii Ranch, the home of Tim Bostock and Melanie Holt and their family, is the venue for this special meal. Bostock is the director of Kahilu Theatre in Waimea; Holt is the organic farmer who is overseeing all the provisions for the afternoon meal that will be prepared by Honolulu chef Mark Noguchi.

Lamb, turkey and pork are on the menu, all raised on the farm. An extensive array of vegetables will be harvested including artichokes, asparagus, fennel, tomatoes, fava beans, mange-tout peas, cabbages, brussel sprouts, kale, sweet potato, carrot, lettuce, celery, Swiss chard, cucumber and eggplant. No doubt Meyer lemons, basil, rosemary, lavender, nasturtiums and borage will also make an appearance on the plate.

Daughter Jasmine “Jazzy” Bostock will be displaying cheeses made from fresh milk provided by Buttercup, the Jersey cow. Feta will likely be paired with beets in a salad and fresh eggs from the hens will also be incorporated into the meal.

Noguchi will be checking on the harvest the week before the event. Formerly with Kona Village, “Gooch” is known for his commitment to using locally grown food products in his menus.

In addition to the fine spread of fresh and tasty food, there will be entertainment by Komakakino and Hamajang. Guests will be seated on the lawn under a tent with outstanding views of Mauna Kea and the Kohala Coast. VIP tickets include special seating, a champagne and chef’s selected pupu menu, meet and greet with Chef “Gooch, ” personal farm tour with Tim and Mel, and intimate reception with Robert Cazimero at the piano. Tables of 10 can be reserved

The event will benefit Kahilu Theatre, Waimea town’s premier performing arts venue, and PA‘I Foundation, dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian cultural traditions.

Kahilu Farm to Table

Tickets are $150 per person, $250 for VIP Early Admission. The event begins at 1pm for VIP and 2pm for all others at Waikii Ranch. For tickets go to: http://kahilutheatre.org/Showinfo/Farm-to-Table.

Governor Releases $1.5 Million for Kahilu Theatre Improvements

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $1.5 million in capital improvement grant funds for the Kahilu Theatre Foundation (KTF) on Hawaii Island.

The Kahilu Theatre photo by Jane Sibbett

The Kahilu Theatre photo by Jane Sibbett

Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will finance design and construction costs for improvements at the 33-year-old Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

“The Kahilu Theatre has not had significant upgrades or repairs since it was built in 1981,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This grant will fully fund much-needed improvements at the facility, reducing its operating costs in the future and strengthening the financial sustainability of this artistic and educational venue for many Big Island communities.”

This project will repair or replace the 20,000-square-foot building’s roof, stage and auditorium curtains and scrim, auditorium seats, steps leading to the stage, and stairways and hand railings leading to the front entrance. In addition, the electrical system, sound system and Kohala-side restrooms will be upgraded at the 490-seat theatre. A new emergency generator will also be installed. Local contractors will be used for these projects and the majority of construction is planned for this summer. Jess Turnbull of Construction Dynamics has been hired as Project Manager, and that Rhoady Lee Architecture and Design has been engaged as lead architect.

Kahilu Theatre Foundation Staff, left to right: Tim Bostock, Managing and Artistic Director, Dayva Keolanui, Director of Marketing and Development, Molly Hui, Box Office Manager, Mimi Kerley, Board President, Alva Kamalani, Operations Director, Paul Buckley, Technical Director.  (Photo by Jane Sibbett)

Kahilu Theatre Foundation Staff, left to right: Tim Bostock, Managing and Artistic Director, Dayva Keolanui, Director of Marketing and Development, Molly Hui, Box Office Manager, Mimi Kerley, Board President, Alva Kamalani, Operations Director, Paul Buckley, Technical Director. (Photo by Jane Sibbett)

Incorporated in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, KTF is responsible for the management and operations of Kahilu Theatre. The mission of KTF is making a place where community, creativity and inspiration thrive. The facility presents a wide array of performances and events, including music, dance, drama, film and visual arts. The theatre will present a full 2014-2015 season, launching this July, which includes free public events. Various arts education programs for youth at KTF impact over 8,000 students each year.

“These improvements would not be possible without the committed support of our community, who wrote over 200 letters to the legislature, and the determination of Senator Malama Solomon. Kahilu belongs to the people of Waimea; with this grant we can look after the Theatre for present and future generations. We look forward to presenting an exciting 2014-2015 season under a roof with no leaks!” said Tim Bostock, Managing and Artistic Director, Kahilu Theatre Foundation

KTF has a 20-year lease for land and building from Parker Ranch. Kahilu Theatre was founded by Parker Ranch air Richard Smart, but is not funded by the Ranch.  Dutch Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch, Inc. commented “We are grateful for the grant from the State of Hawaii.  We very much look forward to many residents and neighbors rediscovering the Kahilu Theatre as a cultural, educational and entertainment centerpiece of Waimea town.”

 

Update on Roland Cazimero – Saturday’s Big Island Concert Still On

Roland Cazimero will not be able to perform at Saturday’s concert on the Big Island at the Kahilu Theatre, as he is recovering from pneumonia.  However Robert Cazimero will bring members of his halau with him to play bass, and dance hula, while he plays the piano and sings the wonderful songs that the Brothers Cazimero have made their own since The Sunday Manoa days in 1970s.  It will be a fabulous show!

The Brother's Cazimero

The Brother’s Cazimero

The Kahilu Theatre will suspend its usual refunds policy and allow refunds in advance of the show, for non-members as well as members; there will be a processing charge of $5 instead of the usual $10 fee.  The show is very close to a sellout, with just 19 tickets left today.

Roland Cazimero was hospitalized after falling ill during a performance on Maui last Friday night.  He was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and had fluid removed from his lungs and was placed on a ventilator. He remains hospitalized today at Maui Memorial Medical Center, where a family member said he was “doing good and getting rest.” Roland was performing with his brother, Robert, at their May Day concert in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Robert continued the performance after Roland was taken to the hospital for treatment, and was awarded a standing ovation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Roland and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Costume Party at the Kahilu Theatre

The Kahilu Theatre will present a screening of the infamous Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday October 25, with a Costume Party and Contest starting at 8pm, and the movie at 10pm.  Tickets are $10 per person, they will be on sale at the door and also are available in advance online 24/7 at www.kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868, or walk in to the Theatre 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

There will be food and drink for purchase, and Rocky Horror “props” will be for sale – audiences are invited to bring their own props too – confetti, rice, umbrellas, newspapers, toast, flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, party hats and all – the only caveat is that no squirting water will be allowed in the theatre and hot dog throwing will not be encouraged.  There will be prizes for “Audience Choice (Under 20)”, “Audience Choice (20 and over)”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Likeness” (to a Rocky Horror character).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film and an adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show, a musical stage play by Richard O’Brien. Directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and O’Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.

Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. The film has a large international cult following and is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The movie is rated R – children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.  A Kahilu Theatre donor has provided funds so that one under 17 with one adult will get in free.

 

Kahilu Theatre Re-Opens Its Doors – Unveils New Membership Program with Free Family Fun Day

The Kahilu Theatre will host a Free Family Fun Day and Open House on Saturday July 6, from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be live music, circus entertainment, community performances and activities for the whole family. The Theatre will also announce highlights of its upcoming 2013 / 2014 Season, and introduce its new Membership Program.

Circus

The July 6th Open House will feature performances from award winning Aussie/English duo “Dream State Circus” who will delight and entertain with high skill Acrobalance and juggling, and the Big Island’s own Ari will entertain as Loco Moco Circus.

The event will also feature live music from Grammy Award Winner Charles Brotman, Carly Smith, Hama’jang, Gonzo & Larry Broidio, and Gary Washburn and Maelan Abran from the Honoka`a Jazz Band. The event will also feature performances by the youth from the Summer Arts program – a five-week fun-filled exploration of world dance, music, and culture directed by Michál Anna Carrillo, which has been running daily at the Theatre.

Circus 2

The event will feature delicious food for sale from The Fish and The Hog, as well as beer for sale from the Brewhaus – and free soda. Prizes, including annual Family Memberships, Kahilu Theatre t-shirts, and more will be given away every hour.

Kahilu Launches New Membership Program

After a year of hard work and community input, Kahilu will re-open its doors as a community hub. As part of this renewed community emphasis, the Theatre is inviting the Hawai`i Island community to invest in Kahilu by joining its new membership program.

“We’re so excited to launch our come-back season after a year of “intermission”, said Kahilu Board of Directors President, Mimi K. Kerley. “We have been working closely with the community for over a year now and have a good sense of what people want to see and do at the theatre. Launching our membership program is a huge step forward! We are really excited to create a Kahilu `Ohana that encourages people to become members of the Theatre and invest in community arts and education.”

Individual memberships will start at $35. The Theatre is also offering Student memberships for $25 and Family memberships for $50. All members will get discounts on Kahilu presented shows and other performances, discounts for education programs, subscriptions to the Kahilu e-newsletter, invitations to open house events and recognition in the Kahilu annual report. At the Supporting level of $100 and Contributing level of $250, other benefits include invitations to the Kahilu Theatre Season Kick-Off on August 2nd, free drink tickets to be used at the Kahilu Theatre bar, and invitations to an annual Backstage Party.

Kahilu Theatre has received a generous $50,000 matching grant to support its Membership drive. That means that for every new member Kahilu gets this year, the Theatre will receive a matching grant in the same amount. Kahilu hopes that individuals and families will join early and help make the $50K goal!