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Noah Nakachi, Kirstyn Trombetta, Maya Leslie-Berengue, Alakaʻi Cunningham, Kealaulapoiunalani Faifili
Noah Nakachi, Kirstyn Trombetta, Maya Leslie-Berengue, Alakai Cunningham, Kealaulapoiunalani Faifili

Windward Community College and Hawaiʻi Conservatory of Performing Arts (HCPA) present the premiere of Kimo the Waiter directed by Taurie Kinoshita, at Palikū Theatre February 23–March 3.

Alakaʻi Cunningham and Kirstyn Trombetta
Alakaʻi Cunningham and Kirstyn Trombetta in Kimo the Waiter

Renowned author and current HCPA Established Island Artist Lee Cataluna addresses issues of accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the world of TV and film.

Kimo loves acting, and he’s good at it. He dedicates himself to his craft, auditions relentlessly — he’ll do whatever it takes. But he’s always too brown, or not brown enough, or just…not enough. How many times can one play “the waiter?” Set in 1980s Honolulu, Kimo the Waiter follows a man in love with a dream of a world where everything is within reach.

“Kimo the Waiter is a hilarious and moving look into the world of an actor. Cataluna shows the frustrations and raucous truths of what actors experience,” said Kinoshita.

The cast includes Alakaʻi Cunningham as Kimo (seen in Oriental Faddah and Son at Palikū Theatre), Stuart Featheran (featured in The Wind and the Reckoning film), and Kirstyn Trombetta (most recently seen in Haoleland at Kumu Kahua Theatre).

The play is considered family-friendly and runs approximately 90 minutes.

For tickets, times, and more information, visit or call (808) 235-7315.

To learn about theatre classes offered at Windward CC visit or contact associate professor Nicolas Logue at

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