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Hawaii-born Lorenzo DeStefano explores tragic era in ‘Shipment Day’

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Playwright Lorenzo DeStefano, left, directs Ku’ulei Shafee, center, and Karen Kaulana during a rehearsal of DeStefano’s play “Shipment Day.” The play is based on the life of Olivia Robello, who contracted leprosy and was sent to Kalaupapa in 1937. Shafee plays Olivia Robello; Kaulana plays Robello’s mother, Mary Fernandez Robello.

Olivia Robello — later known as Olivia Robello Breitha — was shipped to Kalaupapa in 1937 after contracting leprosy. She died there in 2006 at the age of 90. For Hawaii-born playwright Lorenzo DeStefano, she’s not a number or a statistic. She’s family — a first cousin. Read more

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