Sad news came last week that the 110-year-old Honolulu Symphony was shutting down due to financial woes. Now, one of my favorite places for local entertainment – Kumu Kahua Theatre – is in danger of going dark forever for the same reason. Not enough money!
When Kelly and I were sans kids, we were season ticket holders for many years. We enjoyed dozens of performances by local playwrights in the intimate 100-seat playhouse. Some funny. Some serious. Some that really made you think about this place we call home. But always 100 percent local.
After hearing this news, I feel terrible that I haven’t been supporting Kumu Kahua over the past several years. The community needs this. Our children need this. Hawaii really needs to support the arts a lot more that it currently does. Our family included.
I really hope the community (and/or corporate sponsors) can help save the day for artistic director Harry Wong and his team. In reading the letter above pleading for help, it’s obvious they are doing what they need to do internally to survive.
If you are in a position to give and help Kumu Kahua Theatre, do so knowing you’re supporting something wonderful for the community and future of Hawaii. They need our help now! Our family will be making a donation. I hope you will too!