KEKAHA – Ursuline Munar said her family was planning a trip to Bali, but the COVID-19 situation changed their plans on Sunday at St. Theresa School.
“They were going to Bali later in the spring,” Munar said. “But with the COVID-19 situation, they decided to stay home. And how random is it? We have one night in Bali. “
St. Theresa School hosted the audience at an evening of Balinese culture, including a production of practical shadow puppets, a demonstration of the different types of shadow puppets and traditional Balinese dances provided by the University of Hawaii Theater and Dance , Asian Theater Program.
Initially classified as a “bring your chair and a packed lunch” event, around a hundred people braved the evening chill of Kekaha to enjoy the Balinese presentation and appearance of Hoku and the Pineapple In Paradise food trucks in the magical sunset light on the Westside.
“Don’t worry about getting up and getting food from the food trucks,” said Nezia Azmi, one of the performers, and Arts Focus Southeast Asia who provided financial support to allow the crew to visit Kaua’i. “This is a real community event.”
Kirstin Pauka of the UH Theater & Dance, Asian Theater Program said that the visit to Kaua’i is part of the awareness programs hosted by the program, with the intention of bringing the theater to places where they would otherwise not be available.
“We have just finished a major production,” The Last King of Bali “, which has played for the sold-out audience at the Kennedy Theater,” said Pauka. “We visited Bali master artists here for six months working with the students and the cast of the production. With the help of organizations like Arts Focus Southeast Asia, we have been able to extend their visits and bring them out through the awareness program. “
Among the visitors, Malia Speetjens graduated from Kaua’i High School and worked as a costume designer for The Last King of Bali. He said the outreach program will ring and work with students from Waimea Canyon Middle School, the Kaua’i Performing Arts Center and one of the nursing homes in Waimea before returning to Honolulu.
“People were really excited to learn this,” said Wendy Castillo, principal of St. Theresa School. “In fact, when Hoku (food truck) heard about this, he said he would definitely come. He even wanted to make some Balinese recipe offerings.”