Set in a pre-pandemic Hawai‘i upon the luxurious slopes of Lēʻahi, “Hoʻoilina” is a farcical hana keaka (theatre production, a play) that knocks on the door of a Kanaka Maoli family. They are assembled and anxiously waiting for the reading of the will of their beloved matriarch, which determines the fate of a huge inheritance. Just as the will is about to be read, a quirky stranger appears at the door, claiming her right to the hefty endowment. As chaos ensues, family secrets are revealed, causing the family to question their relationships, identity, and future as Kanaka (native Hawaiians) while being insidiously constricted by the pressures of capitalism and cultural loss. Dates: April 15, 16, 22, 23, 24. Show times: FRI/SAT at 7:30pm. SUN at 2:00pm. More info: Ho‘oilina – MAINSTAGE | UHM Dept. of Theatre + Dance (hawaii.edu)
“Hoʻoilina” is performed in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language), Pidgin, ʻōlelo māhū (Māhū language), and English.