Editor’s note (March 12, 2020): Oriental Faddah and Son has been postponed until fall semester, dates forthcoming. Existing ticket holders may reschedule to the fall performance or, alternatively, a refund may be requested by contacting Interim Theatre Manager Nicole Tessier at (808) 235-7330 or tessier@hawaii.edu.

See an ensemble perform the theme from Kikaida and more in Oriental Faddah and Son, a semi-autobiographical chronicle by Lee A.Tonouchi (also known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla”) about the relationship between a father and his son that delves into the nuances of a local Hawaiʻi Okinawan family. The latest presentation at Windward Community College’s Palikū Theatre runs March 13–22.

Staging the poems from Tonouchi’s award-winning poetry book Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son (Bess Press), the play investigates what it means to be Okinawan in Hawaiʻi, highlighting the values of the Uchinānchu (Okinawan immigrants and their descendants in Hawaiʻi), and reflecting on paternal relationships.

Play director Taurie Kinoshita said, “One of the themes is the difference between mainland Asian Americans and Orientals in Hawaiʻi. I find it profoundly beautiful that in Hawaiʻi we are lucky enough to have a sense of humor about ethnicity. When we laugh at things together, instead of censoring ourselves, it is empowering. Mainland Asian Americans do not have the luxury of speaking openly about race; here, we can have peaceful conversations without fear.”

Tonouchi is the playwright of Uchina Aloha, Da Kine Space, and Gone Feeshing, which have all been presented by Kumu Kahua Theatre. Kinoshita most recently directed Stories of Kūpuna at Palikū Theatre, Macbeth for Hawaiʻi Shakespeare Festival, and Way of a God at Kumu Kahua Theatre.

The cast includes Brandon Hagio, Poʻokela Award recipient for Da Beer Can Hat (Kumu Kahua Theatre), Meenakshi Kutty featured in Once (Manoa Valley Theatre), Manuel A. Moreno, recently in Way of a God (Kumu Kahua Theatre), and Austin Yoshida, seen in Allegiance (Manoa Valley Theatre).

Cast of Oriental Faddah and SonShow dates and times

  • March 13–14 and 20–21, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 15, 21–22, 3 p.m.

Ticket information

  • $10 Students (Youth and college students with ID), Seniors (62+), Military (with ID), UH Faculty/Staff
  • $15 Adults; Group rates available

Purchase tickets online at Palikū Theatre or call (808) 235-7315. For more information email paliku@hawaii.edu.

To learn more about Theatre 260 and other theatre classes offered at Windward CC, contact Assistant Professor Nicolas Logue at (808) 236-9138, logue@hawaii.edu or go online.

—Video courtesy of Bonnie Beatson