“Appalachia, Hawaii” Wahiawa Reading and Story Circle

On Saturday, March 17th at the Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Wahiawa, PlayBuilders held its very first community play reading and story circle. The event was made possible by Representative Marcus Oshiro who supports our plans to create a community based play for the people of Wahiawa.

Approximately 30 guests arrived at 6 o’clock and enjoyed a wonderful dinner complete with corned beef and cabbage in honor of St. Patricks Day while being entertained by banjo player, Jordan Savusa. Donna Prather, retired director of the Atherton YMCA, lead a “Cultural Mapping” exercise which the community seemed to enjoy very much. At 7 PM, our experienced actors Beth Burdette , Joshua Duhaylonsod, Aubrey Lee Glover, Jade Glover, Blossom L Hoffman, John Meyers Allan Y. Okubo, Jo Mynard Pruden, Stacy Ray , Blake Alaka’i Nakoa and Scott Francis Russell read Terri Madden’s “Appalachia, Hawai’i.” Afterwords, Neal Milner lead a community story circle to discuss audience response to the play and PlayBuilder’s future plans of doing a community based play in Wahiawa. The entire evening was video taped by Oelo’s Shirley Sypert.

During the story circle, PlayBuilders learned that the people of Wahiawa are very proud of their community- a healing place with a beautiful history connected to warriors of old and the birthing place of ali’i. For now the plan is to spend more time in Wahiawa and host more story circles on Thursday nights at the Wahiawa library starting in mid April. We so appreciate Representative Markus Oshiro and the people who came to our the event last Saturday. We look forward to getting to know you better during the coming year. Mahalo nui loa!