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'Rent' off Broadway on Maui

July 11, 2013 I recently saw a young couple walk past the Historic Iao Theater marquee that displayed details about the upcoming production of “RENT.” It read “525,600 minutes,” which is a lyric from the music. more »»

Up close with: Bob Wills

July 4, 2013 Many Maui residents have two or more jobs. I certainly do, and the same is true for almost every director and choreographer on island. more »»

Summer of the stage

June 27, 2013 From south side to west side and all around the island, it’s going to be an incredibly busy summer of theatrical productions that will appeal to just about every demographic. more »»

'Clean' comedy comes to Maui

June 20, 2013 What makes funny? Milton Berle liked to claim it was a science, such as, he used to say, the “K” sound is funny and the number “3” is funny. more »»

Maui’s top performers honored

June 13, 2013 Broadway celebrated its biggest night of the year on Sunday with the 67th Tony Awards. For most theater geeks like myself, it is the one night to catch a glimpse of the new hit Broadway productio. more »»

Ultra Violets + friends

June 6, 2013 Eighty years ago, the Historic Iao Theater was the epicenter of variety entertainment on Maui. more »»

West Side Stories

May 30, 2013 On Dec. 8, 1901, Pioneer Inn opened for business. At the time, it was only one of two modern hotels on Maui’s west side. more »»

Steven Dascoulis

May 23, 2013 A little over five years ago, I made a very foolish assumption. I first met Steven Dascoulias while performing in the Maui Academy of Performing Arts production of “The Music Man. more »»

Saintly Ambitions

May 16, 2013 Although the story may be repeated again and again in Hawaii, it will never lose its importance. In many corners of the globe, Molokai is known because of its world famous saints, Damien and Marianne. more »»

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

May 9, 2013 We all have pet peeves. What makes them fall into that category is that nine out of every 10 people will say, “that’s not a big deal, get over it. more »»

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

May 2, 2013 After a week of directing, it’s a bit of a relief to be back in the audience again, and a big mahalo to Sarah Ruppenthal for her coverage of “Hollywood Arms. more »»

Review: Maui OnStage’s ‘Hollywood Arms’ is a bittersweet slice of life

May 2, 2013 Just like the twin masks of comedy and tragedy, there is often a fine line between hilarity and heartbreak in the world of theater. more »»

Hollywood Arms

April 25, 2013 For many, it’s a startling paradox: those who make us laugh are often the ones who carry the deepest emotional scars. more »»

Dance Reimagined

April 18, 2013 It was an evening of firsts Friday night at King Kekaulike High School — starting with the school’s first performance of “Footloose,” and its first-ever sellout with more than 200 people in... more »»

Review: ‘Fresher Ahi’ quite a catch

April 18, 2013 David Johnston says he had no idea audiences would connect so deeply to the “Ahi” ohana. more »»

King Kekaulike Dramatic Arts Company to find its groove with Footloose

April 11, 2013 Maui OnStage held its annual Sneak Peek fundraiser on Saturday night, when its 2013-14 season was revealed to a sold-out crowd at a private oceanfront estate in Kihei. Up first, and running from Sept. more »»

Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

April 11, 2013 A spring musical should be joyous, funny and upbeat. Last year, Baldwin High School offered the Maui premiere of “Hairspray,” which was extremely entertaining. more »»

‘Lesser Ahi’s’ sequel 'Fresher Ahi'

April 4, 2013 Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a preview on MAPA’s “Lesser Ahi.” I said at the time that my favorite aspect of theater was witnessing world-premiere productions. more »»

Stand-Up Guy

March 28, 2013 “If you’re not careful, you might learn something before it’s done.” Bill Cosby used to say that on the old “Fat Albert Show.” As a kid of the ’70s, I was a loyal viewer. I think M. more »»

Review: Maui Academy of Performing Arts’ ‘Lockdown’

March 28, 2013 I’ve heard more than one person over the past few weeks compare “Lockdown” to “The Breakfast Club. more »»



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