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Christmas Hula Calabash

Saturday, December 7  2:00 pm

Continuing our tradition of over 25 years, we present our 2019 Christmas Calabash Concert honoring our hula heritage and celebrating the holiday season!

Hālau Hula Malanai – Kumu Hula Liana Leiilima Aveiro

Hula Maunalei – Kumu Hula Lehua Bray

Hālau Waiau – Kumu Hula Keikilani Curnan

AlohaAloLani – Kumu Hula Patti Kahelelani Fujii-Cook

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Prince Dance Institute - Winter Recital

Sunday, December 8  12:00 Noon

Prince Dance Institute's Winter Recital will be an uplifting, hour-long romp that features dancing, singing, and acting from the school's beginner and intermediate students.

The recital features students from hip hop, contemporary dance, aerial silks, trapeze, glee, and musical theatre. The show also includes performances by the adult hip hop class, the performance troupe, and Prince Dance Institute instructors.

This performance is presented by Prince Dance Theatre.

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An Evening with Lukas Nelson

Sunday, December 8  7:00 PM

Multi-talented vocalist, songwriter, lead guitarist, Lukas Nelson,  knows all about legacies, indeed he's been hard at work carving his own for most of his young but extremely eventful life. Balancing his work as the front man of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real — an emergent and vital force in American music—with his regular gig as Neil Young's band leader and lead guitarist—and of course, the never-ending road alongside his father in Willie Nelson.

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Waimea Community Chorus - Songs for the Holiday

Friday, December 13 (7:00 pm) & Saturday, December 14  (2:00 pm)

Waimea Community Chorus accompanied by a 20 piece orchestra will perform a cantata for Christmas, "An Appalachian Winter."  In addition, the program will include songs of Chanukah, holiday favorites and an audience sing-a-long.

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Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, December 21; Sunday, December 22; & Monday, December 23  2:00pm for all Shows

West Hawaii Dance Theatre lights up your holidays with this visually stunning family-friendly production of  "Nutcracker Ballet.”

Production includes more than 70 community dancers and Guest Professionals. A Full Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Brian Dollinger with musicians of the West Hawaii Dance Theatre Orchestra accompany the dancers.

Sponsored in part by Hilton Waikoloa Resort, Hawaiian Airlines, The Dayton Foundation, Vance Wall Foundation, Valerie Cartwright & Richard Olazaba, and Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

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YouTube star/comedian JP Sears

Friday, December 27  7:30 pm

JP Sears takes his uplifting humor and briliiantly adapts his millions of videos to the stage for his LIVE stand up commedy show!  Heavy on satire, JP slices through the nuances of the new age community, self-help movement, health practices, and his own life. 

Opening acts will be local artists - Justine Smoth and Yasir Bey

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A Night of Comedy with Actor & Comedian - Pauly Shore

Sunday, January 5  7:00 PM

Wildly goofy stand-up comedian Pauly Shore shot to fame as an MTV VJ in the ‘90s. He later moved his “weasel” persona (best known for the phrase “hey bud-dy!”) into feature films, including Encino Man, In the Army Now and Bio-Dome. Born to a comedy family — his dad is comedian Sammy Shore, and his mom Mitzi runs Los Angeles’ legendary Comedy Store — Shore has headlined stand-up venues around the world.

Opening guest for show is Justine Smith

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KAHILU GOLD Concert - Angela & Michael Ingersoll

Friday, January 10, Doors Open - 5:30pm & Performance - 6:00 pm

To raise funds for its arts education programs, Kahilu Theatre is reaching out to build awareness and new audiences. This will be the fifth season of Gold Concerts and the talent featured is impressive. Past Gold Concerts have presented a diverse range of talent from world musicians Dirty Cello and Brooklyn Ragamassive, to beloved island entertainers Robert Cazimero, Amy Hanaiali’i and Makana.

Venue will be at a Kohala Coast private residence.  Location to be advised closer to performance date.

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Activities of Daily Living

Saturday, January 11 (7:00 pm) & Sunday, January 12 (2:00 pm)[Mike Luce Studio]

Incorporating innovative animation, Joanna Lipari's one woman show, Activities of Daily Living uses hilarious and poignant stories to weave together the threads of life lived - and one that is hardly invisible.  From noted LA stage director and TC writer, Kevin Larkin: "Activities of Daily Living, guided by Beth Dunnington's spot-on direction, faces the hard realities of (dare I say) aging?  Lipari's journey will stay with you.  It is as much your story as hers."

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Camerata RCO

Tuesday, Janaury 14  7:00 pm

Camerata RCO is a unique ensemble comprised of members of Amsterdam's renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  These colleagues founded this independent group with the desire to explore smaller more initimate repertoire.  The ensemble performs frequently in the Netherlands and abroad, and has residences in Spaarndam, Dordrecht, and at the Festival Anfiteatro in Levanto, Italy.

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Hawaiian Style Band

Friday, January 17  7:00 pm

Hawaiian Style Band signaled the arrival of a new generation of artists, both native and non-native, creating original local music.  The collection is the 'best' of an admirable endeavor to entertain and represent Hawaii.

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Sunday, January 19  2:00 pm

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's bold vision - top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking repertoire, and virtuoso dancers - has fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West.  The company has a deep commitment to currating new ballets while cultivating choreographic talent has resulted in a catalogue of adventurous repertoire.  A European sensibility glossed with American ebullience forges ASFB's aesthetic, as the company has come to epitomize the contemporary-classical genre.

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KPO presents Innocent Beginnings

Sunday, January 26  2:00 pm

The KPO’s winter concert showcases the winners of its annual youth concerto competition, highlighting three of Hawai‘i’s incredibly talented young musicians. This concert also includes Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio, and Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony.


* Ludwig van Beethoven – Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72

Competition Winner Performances - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 1, Op. 13, G min, “Winter Daydreams”

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Sunday, February 2  2 pm

Ultimi combines the vocal and instrumental talents of Isaac Hurtado, Tyler Nelson and Brian Stucki. Joining forces in February 2014, the three have performed well over 100 operatic tenor roles combined and numerous concerts across the US and abroad. The name "Ultimi" means "Latest" and has a connection to the Italian name of the shared Mormon faith of Issac, Brian and Tyler.

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Sonny Lim - Luce Unplugged Series

Friday, February 7  7:00 pm (Mike Luce Studio)

Five intimate nights showcasing some of the best artists from Hawaii. Line up of artists include Ian O'Sullivan, Charles Brotman, Mark Yamanaka, Blayne Asing and Sonny Lim; each with their own concert in the Mike Luce Studio.

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Rachel Cheung

Sunday, February 9  2:00 pm 

Winner of the Audience Award and finalist at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Young Steinway Artist Rachel Cheung was described as a "poet, but also a dramatist" and "the most sophisticated and compelling music-making"(The Dallas Morning News). 

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Melvin Seals & JGB featuring John Kadlecik

Thursday, February 13  7:30 pm

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry as a performer, recording artist, and producer. He is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band (JGB).  From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

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Kalani Pe'a & Friends

Friday, February 14  7:00 pm

Hawaii Island’s very own two-time GRAMMY® Winner Kalani Pe’a returns to the Kahilu Theatre for an evening filled with original Hawaiian Music as well as his Motown and valentine favorites.

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KAHILU GOLD Concert - Kalani Pe'a

Saturday, February 15  Doors Open - 6:30 pm & Performance - 7:00 pm

To raise funds for its arts education programs, Kahilu Theatre is reaching out to build awareness and new audiences. This will be the fifth season of Gold Concerts and the talent featured is impressive. Past Gold Concerts have presented a diverse range of talent from world musicians Dirty Cello and Brooklyn Ragamassive, to beloved island entertainers Robert Cazimero, Amy Hanaiali’i and Makana.

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SPEAK: Tap & Kathak Unite featuring Michelle Dorrance

Sunday, February 16  2:00 pm

Indian Kathak dance and American tap dance, continents and ages apart, share parallel stories of struggle and perserverance.  They come together in this sensational collaboration that is rhythm, poetry, storytelling, music and dance.  SPEAK carries forward the legacy of iconic artists like Pandit Chitresh Das, Dr. Jimmy Slyde and James Buster Brown, while bringing to the forefront the voices of powerful female artists.  Serving as the bridge between tradition and innovation, history and progress, Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas, Michelle Dorrance, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards create nothing short of magic on stage.

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Thursday, February 20  7:00 pm

Based on the popular 1970's cartoon series, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes.  A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live!

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Dirty Cello

Friday, February 21  7:00 pm

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you've never heard before.  From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin' bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

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Tuesday, February 25  7:00 pm

Goitse's distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad, which make each performance unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland Bodhran champion Cole Phelan and Conal O'Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. 

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India Ink Theatre - Mrs. Krishnan's Party

Sunday, March 1  2:00 pm

India Ink continues to bridge cultures and expand boundaries with this utterly disarming new comedy that seats the audience around the dining table and at the kitchen bench in the back room of Krishnan's Dairy.  Now that her son is grown up, Mrs. Krishnan is thinking of selling the shop.  It's Onam, a time to celebrate life, death and rebirth and Mrs. Krishnan has to throw the party of her life.  This joyous, heart warming show picks up the story 20 years on from the production that started it all - Krishnan's Dairy.

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Saturday, March 7  7:00 pm & Sunday, March 8   2:00 pm

Makana is considered to be one of the greatest living players of the distinctly Hawaiian art of slack key guitar.  A protege of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, Makana is perpetuating and evolving the art of slack key to new frontiers.  His "Slack Rock" style infuses the traditional slack key sound with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues, and raga and his playing has garnered critical acclaim. 

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Joan Osborne

Friday, March 20  7:00 pm

Joan Osborne is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues, and country. She is best known for her recording of the Eric Bazilian song "One of Us". 

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KPO presents Literature Comes to Life

Sunday, March 22  2:00 pm

In the season finale, KPO brings literature to life with symphonic works inspired by literature, combining new music with movie music, and folklore with Shakespeare. Think The Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, The Lord of the Rings, and more!


* Carl Maria von Weber – Der Freischütz Overture

* Howard Shore/John Whitney – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Symphonic Suite / David Stern – Thoreau Contemplates Eternity at Walden Pond

* Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture / Igor Stravinsky – Suite from The Firebird

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Lucky Plush : Rink Life

Tuesday, March 24  7:00 pm

In Rink Life, Lucky Plush brings its highly-integrated brand of dance theater into a communal space that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970's roller rink culture.  Launching from a collision of plot points in several one-act plays, the script-turned-libretto is both spoken and sung by the ensemble, and builds upon fragments of everyday aural input - passing conversations, intimate exchanges, distant whispers, pop song ear-worms.  These source inspirations come together in delightful and moving world of Rink Life, where people navigate relationships, self-expression, and rejection in real-time.

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Stanford Chamber Chorale

Thursday, March 26  7:00 pm

Returning to Kahilu and hailed as one of the contry's permier collegiate ensembles, the Stanford Chamber Chorale is Stamford's most select choir.

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Charles Brotman - Luce Unplugged Series

Friday, March 27  7:00 pm  (Mike Luce Studio)

Five intimate nights showcasing some of the best artists from Hawaii. Line up of artists include Ian O'Sullivan, Charles Brotman, Mark Yamanaka, Blayne Asing and Sonny Lim; each with their own concert in the Mike Luce Studio.

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David Russell - Hawaii International Guitar Series

Saturday, March 28  7:00 pm

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to present classical guitarist David Russell at the Kahilu Theater as part of the 2019-2020 Hawaii International Guitar Series on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 PM. David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In 2004, he won a Grammy award for best solo classical album.

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Moore & Maroudas : A Salute to Victor Borge

Sunday, April 19  2:00 pm

The duo behind one of our most popular concerts last season return for an evening on two pianos.  Cheryl "Quack" Moore and Anthony Maroudas will perform a concert of music and comedy in a Salute to Victor Borge!

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Mark Yamanaka - Luce Unplugged Series

Friday, April 24  7:00 pm (Mike Luce Studio)

Five intimate nights showcasing some of the best artists from Hawaii. Line up of artists include Ian O'Sullivan, Charles Brotman, Mark Yamanaka, Blayne Asing and Sonny Lim; each with their own concert in the Mike Luce Studio.

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Robert Cazimero

Saturday, May 9  7:00 pm

Hawaii's most revered and loved kumu and singer, Robert Cazimero has been an inspirational part of Kahilu Theatre's performance history.

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Waimea Community Chorus - Tribute to Elton John

Saturday, May 30  7:00pm

Waimea Community Chorus pays tribute to singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Sir Elton Hercules John. Since the debut of his first album in 1969, Elton John has earned 5 Grammy Awards, an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony and Disney Legends Award. The chorus will perform many popular hits including songs from "The Lion King" and "Aida".

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Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical 

Friday June 19 (7:00 pm), Saturday June 20 (7:00 pm) & Sunday June 21 (2:00 pm)

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is a captivating masterpiece that revels the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.  Packed with high energy dance numbers and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this story of a special girl with an extraordinary imagination. 

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