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Local-style comedy ‘Hapai’ to be staged in Lahaina

By Staff | May 5, 2011

Mayo Davis

LAHAINA — Talking Stories and the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku will present “Hapai” this weekend at the Maui Theatre in Old Lahaina Center.

The comedy will be staged on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m.

When Tammy-Lei and Reid make the announcement that they are expecting their first child, their eclectic circle of family and friends immediately begin planning a baby shower for Mother’s Day, just a couple of weeks before Tammy-Lei’s due date.

In the course of planning the event, everyone’s true colors come out, from irrepressible rascal Shane to obsessive organizer Branda to maka maka (high maintenance) Renee-Malia.

Along the way, viewers learn a little bit about friends, family and even the generations-old secret to motherhood, courtesy of beloved Aunty.

Penned by Maui playwright Keali’iwahine Hokoana and directed by Venus Rosete-Hill and Cyndi Mayo Davis, this performance of “Hapai” stars Mayo Davis as Tammy-Lei, Lana Queddeng as Aunty, Venus Rosete-Hill as Moani, Wayne Shakey Boteilho as Naka, Wils Alo as Reid, Nicole Hokoana as Renee-Malia, Jackie Perry as Branda and Bobby Nakamura as Shane.

The play will be staged at the Maui Theater — home of ‘Ulalena — on Mother’s Day weekend in a benefit for the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku and Talking Stories.

Tickets, $20, are available from the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku (986-0700), Native Intelligence in Wailuku (249-2421), Dairy Road Shell in Kahului (871-2646), Collections in Makawao (572-0781), Blackie’s Pit Stop in Kihei (891-8591) and Lulu’s in Lahaina (661-0808).

A silent auction will be conducted in conjunction with both performances.

Neighborhood Place of Wailuku’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by building strong roots in families and in the community. Call 986-0700 or visit www.npwailuku.org.