Mahalo plenty, for so much aloha when you first came
by and shared, some deep feelings, about how much you really enjoyed the performances
LINDA TAKITA (Artistic Director of the MAUI YOUTH THEATRE) and I had done
with our State of Hawaii sponsored " Shakespeare's
of the Sexes" tour througout the islands of Hawaii.
I was most impressed
about how much you had followed up on us finishing at UH in Honolulu; that
you knew, would be a good tiime for your first visit.
In many ways that visit became a devine revelation which inspired
me to know I was going to build another keystone to what life can be,
pure Hawaiian life in up-country Maui. Living in those times,
for years, including the work that you and I did, was a major wildest
dream that came true for all us in the ohana of "On Butterfly
I reember it was a beautiful lani day when you came to my
home up on da side of Haleakala. Your wonderful
imagination, on that one page day, showed how gracious an
invitation you were offering. That aloha, to take your 1 page synopsis
(thanks to the grant
Aloha also gave you)
with a cast of 6 people was very special, in the way of the freedom you
offered, for me, to take it beyond the limits of everyone's imagination.
It was most
gratifying for me to make it (with you) into the miracle it became.Virtually,
With its ultimate cast of 128 people,
exectuted (on and off stage) with the flavour of a
classical Shakespearen production, which brought in a full house every
matinees. To have standing room only (every performance) of its
run was a part of what would become another of this actor/director's
wildest dreams coming true; (to have driected and acted in the most finanacially
successful play, in the history of The Maui
Theatre was a very special experience for (me and my family) which opportunity
I will always be thankful. Thankful, to you Alexa, in offering me the opportunity
so much a part of that Ohana oriented community of people who each love Hawaii.
To also create and play the comical role, of the serious Premier
minutes, of the play,
was a super thrill.
Bringing the house down is always "plenty fun" especially
when any dignitary
to his knees, in a tantrum like a spoilt baby who then cries while
his hands on the stage floor,
then stops crying because
not see himself, on
TV; then remembers that, for this special televised event, while he was going
to be on TV to do an international hook-up with the president Reagan, to
to cry again while asking eveyone on stage and in the audience where is his
of what it meant to so many people and the 'kama aina' of Thr State of Hawaii.