I’m very excited to be working with Honolulu Theatre for Youth again! Paniolo will be my fourth commissioned piece and second one-man-show with HTY. This time we will team up with musician and “Waimea boy” Kapono Nāʻiliʻili to bring the fascinating history and legacy of the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) to the stage.
In June I had the honor of traveling to Waimea, one of the last towns in Hawaiʻi were the paniolo way of life is still practiced. I drove through the beautiful country and met with some very unforgettable people living in that humble community. I was able to just sit and listened to them tell stories, reminisce and even sing a little. A truly memorable experience for me.
Dr. Billy Bergin Bergin, long time Parker Ranch veterinarian, is a well knowledge on pretty much all things paniolo. He graciously agreed to let me interview him. The interview lasted well over two hours until he had to leave for a prior engagement. I could have sat and listed for hours more.
The aloha was flowing and so was the beer! As the evening progressed these true paniolo right here really started to open up. Oh, the stories they told! A few of those stories though won’t make it into the final script.
Paniolo will premier at HTY’s Tenney Theatre on Friday November 2nd and will run for two weeks. For tickets click here.