Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Legend of Ko'olau

A couple days ago my son sent me this photo of the Ko'olau Mountain Range. Taken from Maunawili, Oahu on the Windward side of the island, he knows these are the mountains that live easily in my dreams and in my soul. I went searching for something to add to this 'soul candy' and found the following:
" In 1893, the cowboy Ko'olau fought a rebel militia that had overthrown the Hawaiian monarchy and now wanted to enforce leprosy laws that would have forced him and his son to the leper settlement at Kalaupapa called "the Living Grave." With more than 50 soldiers and deputies and a Krupp cannon, the militia was confident it could capture Ko'olau who had killed a deputy sheriff. But they hadn’t taken into account Ko'olau’s expertise as a marksman, nor the resolve of his wife Piilani to keep the family together, nor the vast wilderness of Kalalau Valley on Kauai...- from The Legend of Koolau blog by writer Gary T. Kubota 

This Hawaii-based play based on the story of the Hawaiian cowboy Ko'olau and his family began touring the Hawaiian Islands in October, 2012. A year later, the production company has a vision to expand the awareness of Hawaiian history, train aspiring young Hawaiian actors and allow the touring company to travel to the continental US. CLICK here to listen to Hawaiian actor Ed Kaahea pitch you and encourage your donation. Ed is an old friend from Kauai. What a grand bit of serendipity to find him, and this project. Makua o'o readers who love Hawaii, here's something worth spreading around: Support Hawaiian actors telling the truth about their history. The project is half-way there with a week to go. Kokua, help, if you can.

1 comment:

  1. The project has been funded! Yeh, this is so exciting I am thrilled to know it's possible to support art where you are. To all of you who might have learned about The Legend of Ko'olau on this blog, mahalo nui loa a pau to each and every one of you!


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