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Fine staging brings to life old tale of Hawaii

By Ryan Senaga
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2014

~~<p>The retelling of Hawaiian lore can get old and stodgy, so kudos to Kumu Kahua Theatre for giving new life to noted University of Hawaii teacher and artist Jean Charlot's &quot;Moa a Mo&lsquo;i.&quot;</p>
<p>The title translates as &quot;Chicken into King,&quot; but, of course, that requires a bit of explaining. The play &mdash; based on real-life alii &mdash; revolves around &lsquo;Umi, a commoner about to be killed by his abusive father. (Turns out the bully isn't his real dad anyway.) &lsquo;Umi is pushed to flee by his mother and sails off in a canoe. On the verge of starvation, he lands safely on Hawaii island by the blessing of a god to whom &lsquo;Umi sacrifices a single louse, his last morsel of food.</p>
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The retelling of Hawaiian lore can get old and stodgy, so kudos to Kumu Kahua Theatre for giving new life to noted University of Hawaii teacher and artist Jean Charlot's "Moa a Mo‘i."

The title translates as "Chicken into King," but, of course, that requires a bit of explaining. The play — based on real-life alii — revolves around ‘Umi, a commoner about to be killed by his abusive father. (Turns out the bully isn't his real dad anyway.) ‘Umi is pushed to flee by his mother and sails off in a canoe. On the verge of starvation, he lands safely on Hawaii island by the blessing of a god to whom ‘Umi sacrifices a single louse, his last morsel of food. Login for more...



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