Press Release

For Immediate Release 


Get some Dance and Romance at Kahilu Theatre!

Program Update February –March 2014 




Kamuela, Hawaii (February 13, 2014) Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance return to the Kahilu Theatre, Thursday, February 13 at 7pm, just in time for a Valentine’s date.  The Bad Boys are extremely talented and versatile dancers. Each dancer is hand-selected by the dance world’s very own “Bad Boy” Rasta Thomas based on their unusual physical abilities and artistry – the experience of seeing such an extraordinary high level of dance will stay with you long after the show. They will perform to music hits that include Stronger - Kanye West, My Sharona - The Knack, Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer, Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5, Stayin Alive - The Bee Gees, and Sexyback - Justin Timberlake.  The Bad Boys are joined by Bad Girl Adrienne Canterna for this Hawaii Tour and are bringing a brand new show, which has already sold out in Maui and Honolulu, on its way to the Big Island.  The Kahilu show is sponsored by John and Ann Broadbent, Carol and Clive Davies, and the Mauna Kea Hotel, and is supported by a grant from the Western Arts Federation.
Next week Kahilu presents Vadym Kholodenko - the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner - on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 pm. The most prestigious classical piano competition in the world is the Van Cliburn Competition, held once every four years in June. Thirty pianists from all over the world competed for the Gold Medal in 2014 – and the extraordinary Vadym Kholodenko, age 26, beat out a truly fantastic field.  Kholodenko will present a romantically dreamy program of Chopin, Bach, Schubert and Mendelsohn, finishing off with a rousing Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.  The concert is sponsored by Alan Gartenhaus and Rhoady Lee, and the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel.
On Saturday March 1, at 7 pm, Kahilu presents the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – a late addition to the Season made possible by generous community sponsorship.  The ballet is renowned for bold vision – top global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking works, and virtuoso dancers.  “Dynamic, virtuosic, endurance testing, full-throttle dancing and up-to-the-minute ballet choreography." Said the Santa Fe New Mexican. With former Joffrey Ballet principal Tom Mossbrucker as artistic director, this vibrant company is known for “expressiveness, stylistic panache, and huge sense of fun.” (Dance Magazine) “Simply breathtaking,” says the Chicago Sun Times, and World Dance Review proclaims that “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has become a must-see company.”  The Ballet corps will give a full schools show at the theatre the day before.  They are sponsored by Rhoady Lee and Alan Gartenhaus, Barbara Kupchka, Baki and Bailey Wharton, Dr. Marcia Wishnick  & Mr. Stanley Wishnick, and again supported by a grant from the Western Arts Federation.
The Beamer Solomon Halau O Po`ohala will present their annual “Eia Ka Hula” on Saturday March 8 at 6pm.  This year the fundraiser is titled “Lei Hala o Kaua`i ame Lei Aloha Lei Makamae”, and will be a tribute to Prince Jonah Kuhio, comprising a collection of hapa ha`ole hula songs, directed by Hula Loea Hulali Solomon Covington, M.Ed. and Malama Solomon, Ph.D. 
The Kahilu Dance Series concludes with Rhythmic Circus, a one-of-a-kind–rapid-fire, high-spirited dance and musical troupe which will explode on the Kahilu Theater stage Thursday, March 13 at 7pm.  Their show is called “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!”, and is a percussive-dance spectacular that electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting tap, sidesplitting humor and finger-snapping tunes.  Besides outrageous tap-fusion dance, music that embraces the best of R & B, Soul, Jazz, Salsa and Reggae, and award-winning vocalists – audiences are wowed by human beatbox extraordinaire, Aaron Heaton, (aka‘Heatbox’). Aaron is capable of reproducing with awe-inducing accuracy a myriad of musical instruments, including but not limited to tuba, harmonica, trumpet, maracas, turntables and even classical strings. His incredible vocal range spans from a naturally deep bass to a clear, sharp falsetto and his repertoire ranges from calypso to classical symphonies, and even a super-funky James Brown impersonation. Rhythmic Circus is sponsored by Kate Bell, Ph.D. and Tom Blackburn, Ph.D, and the Fairmont Orchid Hotel.


The Kahilu Theatre has been pretty crowded recently, especially for its home-produced shows.  In early January the Putnam Spelling Bee was a great hit, with two sold out shows.  This past weekend the Vagina Monologues did the same and went one more, with a third show added just days before selling out too.  In between the venue was also full to bursting for Makana, almost full for Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra and very decent houses appreciated Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and bluegrass duo Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, while the theatre opened its doors for Cherry Blossom Festival and entertained an estimated 1000 people in that one day.  Schools audiences flocked to The Voyager Exhibit throughout January, and to a special schools show from Makana, and the Prince Dance after-school arts programs are joined by the K-Arts program with and for Waimea Middle school, starting this week. 
Artistic Director Tim Bostock puts it very simply; “The people of Waimea and all of North Kohala were hungry for the theatre to back and running.  Just since the beginning of the year over 6,000 people have been through the Kahilu doors - about half the population of Waimea.  Reasons?  We have a great program, it’s easy to buy tickets on our website, and we have a welcoming energy that’s palpable.  I have to give huge kudos to our volunteers for always being ready with a smile, and to our Board for bringing us this far.  Especially our two directors Jane Sibbett and Beth Dunnington, without whom we could not have pulled off such a spectacularly successful home season.  Now I hope people are ready for some Dance and Romance!”
The Bad Boys of Dance and Rhythmic Circus will also offer free master classes, the day before their public shows.  Any organization or artists interested in presenting their work at Kahilu Theatre should contact Artistic Director Tim Bostock at 382-3290 or at

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