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Ola nā Iwi (The Bones Live)

Performed live on May 22

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre Laura Pels Theatre

Ola nā Iwi (The Bones Live)

Performed live on May 22

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Kawehi is traveling home to Hawai’i after a work trip in Berlin, but she’s got a secret in her bag: a set of Hawai’ian bones she discovered in a German museum. With investigators hot on her heels, Kawehi embarks on a mission to repatriate the stolen bones and bury them while aided by friends and a mysterious young woman. As the mission progresses, Kawehi and everyone else involved must ask questions about what it means to respectfully handle human remains.

Ola nā Iwi was first produced by Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu in 1994. It was recently revived by Kumu Kahua in 2007.

Ola nā Iwi (The Bones Live) Cast

Anaseini Katoa*
John Zdrojeski*
Bebe Browning*
Keola Simpson*
Erik Lochtefeld*
Sasha Diamond*
Mariette Strauss*
Becca Lish*
Player 1
Teresa Langford*
Player 2
Max Gordon Moore*
Player 3
Ryan Spahn*
Stage Directions
Christian Caro

Ola nā Iwi (The Bones Live) Creative

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
Cara Hinh
Kalina Ko
Assistant Director
Alexandra Haddad
Stage Manager
Mandisa Reed*
Assistant Stage Manager
Jade Doina*
Technical Director
Ryan McLaughlin

Special Thanks to

Marc delaCruz
Jason Kesse
Jessica Lưu Pelletier
Ralph B. Peña, Producing Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company 

Harry Wong III, Artistic Director of Kumu Kahua Theatre

Learn More

Hui Iwi Kuamo’o is an organization in Hawai’i working on proper repatriation and reburial. We encourage you to learn more about their efforts and support them by visiting their website

Setting: Berlin and Honolulu 

Time: Present 

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. 


The Refocus Project is made possible by the Champions for Inclusive Theatre and Roundabout’s Forward Fund. We acknowledge the generous friends who support our many efforts to increase representation and inclusion in all aspects of theatre: Elizabeth Armstrong, Bank of America, Eugene and Joann Bissell and the Lillian Lincoln Foundation, Kevin Brown, Barbara and Peter Bye, Ginger McKnight Chavers, Ford Foundation, Jill and Barry Lafer, Gina Maria Leonetti, Iva Mills, Beryl Snyder, and Denise Littlefield Sobel.

The empty house of the Laura Pels Theatre. Rows of grey chairs incline upwards towards the back of the house.

Presented at

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Laura Pels Theatre

111 West 46th Street, New York, NY

between 6th and 7th Avenues