Based on the true story of a hero

The Story

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.


The Company

Moronai Kanekoa

Mr. Kanekoa, who has acted in the Kauai premiere of the Legend of Ko'olau, has had numerous roles on stage and in the award- winning film The Haumana. He’s a Masters Of Fine Arts graduate in drama from the University of Southern California. He’s a former Maui resident who now lives in Los Angeles.


Monte Scott Perez has been the director at full performances at the Waimea Historic Theatre on Kauai, the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu and the East West Players David Henry Hwang Theatre in Los Angeles — all to standing ovation audiences. Mr. Perez is an actor who has toured nationally with the late Jack Krugman (Odd Couple, Quincy).

Actor Ocean Kaowili

Mr. Kaowili has acted as King Kalakaua in the film “Princess Ka'iulani” and is a member of the legendary Hawaiian music group “Sons of Hawaii” with Eddie Kamae.

Original Director Keo Woolford

The late Mr. Woolford was the director of the original production of Legend of Ko'olau at the McCoy Theatre at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Nov. 9, 2013. He has directed “Three Year Swim Club,” David Henry Hwang Theatre in Los Angeles Spring 2012, reprised East-West Players Theatre Fall 2012. Actor/writer in one-man play “I- Land” at the Hawaii Theatre. Actor in “The King And I” at the London Palladium, replacing actor Jason Scott Lee. He is the director of the award-winning feature film, “The Haumana” that has premiered in Los Angeles in 2013.

Writer Gary T. Kubota

Mr. Kubota was a crew member aboard the double-hulled sailing canoe Hokule'a through Micronesia in 2007 and is the author of “To Honor Mau: Voyage of the Hokule'a through Micronesia,” written in English, Hawaiian and Satawalese and selected to be in the Hawaiian language library Ulukau.org. He has produced two “Hawaii Specials” on prime time on Hawaii Public Television and has received several recognitions nationally from groups, including the National Press Club and NNA. He has worked at several daily newspapers as a writer and continues to work as a journalist in Honolulu, while keeping his residence on Maui. For five years, he worked as the editor and business manager of the weekly Lahaina News on Maui. Besides being a playwright, he’s a poet and songwriter.


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

Moronai Kanekoa reprises his role as the rebel outlaw Ko’olau. Monte Scott Perez who earned a degree in psychology returns as director. Playwright Gary T. Kubota who completed a book in 2018 about the Hawaiian Renaissance and activism in the 1970s is the producer.

Queries about advance discount tickets and block tickets may be made to producer/writer Gary T. Kubota via email at legendofkoolau@gmail.com Mahalo!

Ticket information is forthcoming.