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Punikawā travels back in time this May to imagine a world in which the overthrow never happens.

PUNIKAWĀ travels to the Lunalilo Hale stage May 17-18

May 10, 2024

Capping off a busy spring season of performances our Kula Kiʻekiʻe Hōʻike a Haʻi performing arts club will stage a special Hawaiian language play, Punikawā for two shows May 17-18 in the William Charles Lunalilo Center. 

Living in a parallel universe where the overthrow was averted, Punikawā, a student at the Queen’s High School, dreams of playing on the Hawaiian National Volleyball team and winning the Olympic gold medal. When her boyfriend asks her to help his sister overcome a crisis, Punikawā is transported into the past where she is confronted with the problems and prejudices of 19th Century Hawaiʻi. Desperate to return to her own time, Punikawā encounters many obstacles, one of which deals with young Princess Pauahi’s decision on whom to marry. When asked for her advice, Punikawā is split between being disingenuous and returning home safely, or being honest and perhaps never seeing her friends again.

Originally presented as a school Hōʻike in 2012, Punikawā featured the very beginnings of what would become the KS Hawaiʻi High School’s Hawaiian Opera series.

Punikawā will have two showings on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are just $5 with a $25 VIP Early Admission package and can be purchased via the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi GoFan page

Punikawā Cast List
Pūlama LafaelePunikawā Pemberton
Loheau BoshardLeole'a Pierce
Tehani KekuawelaKaumāliekalā Pierce
Malina MartinsonKāpakakapa 'Ōmaka
Jaci MoralesBernice Pauahi
Paige YanagawaEmma Rooke
Ikaika StoneLot Kapuāiwa
Kalamakua Buckley Francisco John Jasper
Jhayden MataCharles Reed Bishop
Kayana MaluoJane Loeau Jasper
Taylor MendozaLydia Kamaka'eha
Veda LeeMaureen/Brannan
Carmen MangibinCook
Dynasty AmaralMrs. Cooke
Bella Paekukui-JacksonAbigail Maheha
Brookylnn LumanlanGunderson
Elena DinkelEnsemble
Aaliyah Koyanagi



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Punikawā is asked to help a young Princess Pauahi with her decision on whom to marry.

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