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Kumu Kahua reading
Continuing with Kumu Kahua Theatre's play readings of the 2007-08 season Tuesday is "Waiting for a King," written by Krystal Ontai, a University of Hawaii English graduate student.
The play deals with a crucial moment in Hawaii's history, specifically the death of Kamehameha I. It focuses on Kamehameha's last interviews with those closest to him: his heir, Liholiho; his nephew, Kekuaokalani; and his queen, the powerful Ka'ahumanu.
In the style of a Greek tragedy, a chorus of today's Hawaiians watch the events unfold, debating the wisdom or errors of the participants, and the possible relevance of these events for Hawaiians today.
The reading of "Waiting for a King" will happen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday downtown at the Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St. Admission is free, with complimentary refreshments and a discussion to follow.