Palikū Theatre continues to shine in the spotlight

King and I’s King of Siam and Anna The Nanny are played by Micheal Ng and WCC student Kathleen Stuart – Courtesy of Tina Mahina

WCC’s Palikū Theatre continues to draw widespread attention for its award-winning musicals and plays.

At this year’s Hawai‘i State Theatre Council’s Po‘okela Awards, the theatre brought home seven awards for last fall’s musical, 1776 – The Musical. It won for Overall Musical Production with individual honors going to Anna Foster (Costume Design), Miles Phillips (Directing), Lisa Ponce de Leon (Hair and Makeup), Gary Morris (Lead Actor) for his role as Benjamin Franklin, Kate Sarff (Lead Actress) for her role as Abigail Adams and Laurence Paxton (Supporting Actor) for his performance as South Carolina Delegate Rutledge.

This fall, the theatre hosts the Broadway musical The King and I, in which Windward’s very own Daphnei Hussein will be playing the Nanny to the King’s children.

The show runs from Sept. 8 to Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets range from $29-$39 and are available online and at the door two hours before the start of every show.

Reduced prices for seniors citizens, active duty military and students ($24), children 4-12 ($19) and overflow seating in temporary chairs ($19) are also available.

Following the musicalʻs run, WCC’s own Theatre 260: Dramatic Production class will present Massie/Kahahawai, a play based off the true story of a 1932 trial that took place in Honolulu surrounding the kidnapping and murder of starfighter Joseph Kahahawai.

“The script of the play comes directly from the court’s script,” WCC assistant theatre professor Nicolas Logue says. “It’s called Verbatim Theatre, which is the really cool part about this play.”

The play will be directed by WCC theatre lecturer Taurie Kinoshita, who has directed more than 80 productions in Honolulu, New York and London.

Massie/Kahahawai opens Friday, Oct. 20 and runs through Oct. 28. So save the date and support your fellow WCC students.


by Hannah Bailey, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter