Based on the true story of a hero

The Kaluaikoolau family. Hawaii State Archives

The Kaluaikoolau family. Hawaii State Archives

Out of the rugged West emerged a Hawaiian cowboy who became a hero.

In 1893, the cowboy Ko'olau fought a rebel militia that had overthrown the Hawaiian monarchy and now wanted to enforce leprosy laws that would have forced his son and him to the leper settlement at Kalaupapa called “the Living Grave.” With more than 50 soldiers and deputies and a Krupp cannon, the militia was confident it could capture Ko'olau who had killed a deputy sheriff. But they hadn’t taken into account Ko'olau’s expertise as a marksman, nor the resolve of his wife Pi'ilani to keep the family together, nor the vast wilderness of Kalalau Valley on Kauai. The play “Legend of Ko'olau” is about love and survival – love and devotion to family and the fight for their survival, despite the decimation of their Polynesian race.

Advisory Board


Former Hawaii Gov. John D. Waihee, the first native Hawaiian governor since statehood in 1959, served as governor of Hawaii from 1986 to 1994. He was a lieutenant governor under Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi. He’s a 1976 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law.


Kanoemaileokalani Cazimero is an entertainer, actress and entrepreneur in Honolulu.


Joanne F. Tachibana is the president of the United Nations Association-USA Hawaii Division and secretary of the Sun Yat-sen Hawaii Foundation based in Honolulu.


Jon Shirota, a former Maui resident, is the author of the ground-breaking novel “Lucky Come Hawaii.” Shirota, who now resides in Los Angeles, has received several literary awards, including the Kennedy Center Award for the play “Lucky Come Hawaii.”


Mariah K. Young, a former Maui resident, is a winner of the James D. Houston Award for Western Literature. She holds a Master’s In Creative Writing from the University of California-Riverside and is the Learning Center Advanced Program Coordinator at Pima Community College in Arizona. She is the author of a collection of short stories entitled “Masha’alla and Other Stories.”


Legend of Ko‘olau returns to Oahu in 2019

After a creative vacation of the production team, The Legend Of Ko’olau is returning on Nov. 23-24 (Saturday-Sunday) to Oahu at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre. The national touring play had a sold-out house the last time it was performed at the Doris Duke. Email queries about advance discount tickets and block tickets may be made sent to playwright/producer Gary Kubota at legendofkoolau@gmail.com

Honolulu Magazine picks Legend Of Ko’olau among the “8 Best Things To Do” in November, 2016 in Honolulu.

 Legend of Ko‘olau receives standing ovation in Sacramento

More than 600 attended a sold-out performance at Sacramento City College’s Performing Arts Theatre on April 10, 2016.

Here’s what the audience said:


“Fabulous show.” — Iwalani Whitmarsh, Sacramento resident.

 “Loved it. A must-see if it comes to your area!” — Veronica Pettibone, Sacramento resident.

 “Absolutely wonderful performance. So glad I went.” — Marilyn Clausse Huddy, Sacramento resident.

 “It was amazing!” — Janet Weisshaar Horowitz, Sacramento resident.

 “Great performance!” — Joanna Viray Lagman- Snyder, Sacramento resident.


Upcoming Shows


Nov. 23, (Saturday): 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 (Sunday) 3:30 p.m.

Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum Of Arts


Princeville Kauai

Nov. 30-December 1

Anaina Hou’s Porter Pavillion

Upcountry Maui

Nov. 26-27

Location TBD

Moronai Kanekoa reprises his role as the rebel outlaw Ko’olau and Monte Scott Perez returns as director.

Ticket information is forthcoming.