Hawai'i Public Theatre

Mission Statement

The Hawaiʻi Public Theatre is theater of, by, and for all people. We believe in theater as the most human and immediate medium to tell the stories of our time, and affirm the primacy and centrality of comedy and laughter to the form, with a focus on Hawaiʻi. 

Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Hawaiʻi Public Theatre is a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belonging to everyone. Thereʻll be performing, devising, festival, educational and community components.

Board of Directors

Suzan Murakoshi - President/Director

Anna Walden - Treasurer/Director

Dr. William Coury - Secretary/Director

Ann Catania, Director

Malia Withy, Director

Susan Suzuki, Director

Hawaiʻi Pubic Theatre was formed in February, 2016 by SH Murakoshi to train people in physical comedy theatre with the people of Hawaiʻi and visiting artists under the direction of Aitor Basauri. Originally partnered with the ARTS at Marks performing space, with Rich Richardson and Lala Nuss, this was the beginning of a four-year partnership. This training continued in February, 2017, where there was a public performance for the community. In January, 2018 and January, 2019, visiting artists were invited to perform, in addition to the training and student ho`ike performances. There were two to three nights, respectively, of performances for the community In 2019, SH Murakoshi was also able to enter the Kapolei Detention Center to work with an at-risk youth to write a play, “Iʻm Gonna Hunt You Down,” with a staged reading for her family and friends.

In 2020, the Aloha Hā Hā Hā Fest will continue to feature shows by visiting and local artists. The popular Sun, Surf, Physical Comedy Boot Camp will happen over two weekends, Jan. 18 - 20 and Jan. 24 - 26. 


The UH Manoa Kennedy Earle Ernst Lab Theatre will host Hā Hā Hawai`i, the Show, on January 18th at 8pm, January 19th at 6:30 pm and January 25th at 8pm.

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