Theatre production explores love in all its forms

Theatre 260 students in the cast are Alaka’i Cunningham, Jae An, Darla Richards, Keahi Coria, Jessica Jusseaume, Daphnei Hussein, Jason Cavinder, Likeke Nakachi-Isaacs, Mikie Davidson, Will Philippus, Noah Schuetz, Michael Wall and Jeremy Whipple – Courtesy of Orrin Nakanelua

Love Local Style, directed by WCC theatre lecturer Taurie Kinoshita, is a celebration of aloha as written by local playwrights and performed in a series of short plays.

Humorous and tragic, these stories follow a variety of characters from often radically different backgrounds as they search for, reject, embrace, take for granted, find or lose love.

Audiences can expect to see all forms of love in this series–be it filial, romantic or even platonic–whether it is finding romance in the world of Tinder (Da Magic Bracelet by Lee Tonouchi), a couple contemplating the meaning of inheritance (Silva Dala by Sean T. C. O’Malley), a grandmother exiling her beloved grandson (Yellow Hibiscus by Lee Cataluna), a boy transforming the tribulations of dementia into a magical journey (Logical Fallacy by Ryan Okinaka), non-traditional love after death (Love and a Hydroflask by Noa Helala) or a Neo-Absurdist comedy with a metamorphic, yet violent ending (The Rock by Eric Yokomori).

Those familiar with Kinoshita’s work know most of her actors are on short turnaround times for their performances, this being the shortest in WCC theatre history with only three weeks from initial readings to curtain call—to which Kinoshita gives credit to her “amazing cast and brilliant local playwrights.”

Whether you are single, taken, in an open relationship or “it’s complicated,” this is a play you don’t want to swipe left on! Be the first audience to enjoy several world premieres and a handful of modern local classics played by student actors in Love Local Style.

For more information about Love Local Style, contact Kinoshita at 779-3456 or

To learn more about Theatre 260 and other WCC theatre classes, contact theatre assistant professor Nicolas Logue at 236-9138, by email at or go online to

For more information about Palikū Theatre or to purchase tickets online, visit

Due to adult situations and themes, this play is recommended for ages 12 and older. Running time is 90 minutes.


by Ashley Shankles, Special to Ka ‘Ohana