For two weekends in February, Hawaiian moʻolelo, or stories, will be brought to life for the whole family on the Palikū Theatre stage by contingent of Windward Community College theatre students and alumni. The Magical Pū Stealer is written and directed by Moses Goods, cultural educator at Bishop Museum, and world-renowned storyteller.
The production is a re-telling of the traditional Hawaiian moʻolelo of Puapualenalena, a magical shape-shifting dog tasked with bringing peace to Waipiʻo Valley. This world premiere play delivers laughter, but also powerful life lessons.
“With so many students of Hawaiian ancestry on our campus, it seems natural that our youth theatre offerings should bring moʻolelo to the stage,” said Windward CC theatre instructor Nicolas Logue. “It’s important for young people to see their own culture on stage and watch dramatizations of these stories. It creates pride, passes on traditional ideas, and empowers the audience.”
“This year’s cast is composed of a handful of our best and brightest who have taken every theatre course we offer and really honing their craft,” continued Logue. “Their performances are proof of the acting training we offer here at Windward.”
The Magical Pū Stealer will show at Palikū Theatre from February 12–14 and February 19–21 at 7:30 p.m. as well as February 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.
- $15 general admissions
- $10 children, students, seniors and military
Tickets are available online at etickethawaii.com, or by phone at (808) 235-7310.