Click on online ticket sales sites in November for The Legend Of Ko'olau:
Oahu -- Doris Duke Theatre
Nov. 23 7:00pm
Nov. 24 3:00pm
You may also call weekdays during business hours: (808) 532-6097
Kauai -- Porter Pavilion, Kilauea
Or call (808) 828-2118
The national touring play The Legend Of Ko'olau returns to Hawaii for two days each on Oahu and Kauai.
Selected for creation funding by the National Performance Network of New Orleans, the one- man play about the legendary Hawaiian cowboy Kaluaiko'olau has toured to sold-out audiences in Hawaii and nationally, including the Performing Arts Theatre at Sacramento City College and the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Los Angeles. It was invited by the Hawaii state officials for a special performance at the Kalaupapa National Park on Molokai before survivors of Hansen's Disease and their families.
The story of the Hawaiian cowboy Kaluaiko'olau has been written about by the late novelist Jack London and by poet W.S. Merwin. For the first time, it features this historic figure telling the story in a theatrical drama -- and the drama has received high praise.
Berkeley poet/radio commentator Jack Foley wrote: "Last night Adelle and I saw a remarkable one-man play, The Legend of Ko'olau. Written by Gary T. Kubota, it's the story of the "Hawaiian outlaw cowboy," Kaluaiko'olau and his resistance to political and moral forces he gradually comes to understand are eroding not only himself but the entire Hawaiian people.
"A compassionate man who has worked with lepers, Kaluaiko'olau becomes a leper himself. The play documents his struggle to maintain his sense of dignity and his armed refusal to be treated in the inhumane way that lepers were treated. With his wife and young son he becomes an emblem of resistance-a "legend." But to put it that way is leave out the many humanizing touches playwright Kubota has given the man-his multiple conflicting allegiances, his anger, his humor, his guilt about a murder he felt compelled to commit, his conflicts about religion, and his devotion to his son and wife." For more information, see reviews at legendofkoolau.com