Hawai‘i Pacific University offers a unique experience for students interested in studying Theater. Small classes allow for greater interaction between students and teachers and allow for individualized attention. Courses are taught by Theater professionals, offering students high-quality instruction and mentoring. Acting and production courses give students the opportunity to apply both technical and performance skills to live performances. Because the major productions involve actors, designers, and technicians from the community, students have the opportunity to work with many theater professionals, both on stage and off stage. As a member of the Hawaii State Theatre Council, HPU Theatre has earned numerous awards for acting, directing, ensemble performance, playwriting, and overall play production. 

Paul and Vi Loo Theatre


Where Words Once Were

by Finegan Kruckemeyer


Orhan is a young boy who lives in The City, a place where language has been limited to 1,000 words.  Speak or write any words that are not part of The Language and The City silences you:  you can no longer speak or write, and no one can speak or write to you.  Without language, you fade out of awareness and live an unseen life as a Silenced One.  One day, Orhan meets a young girl who has been Silenced and finds himself in the middle of the fight to restore language.


This family-friendly play about “language and its absences” is sure to captivate audiences and spark important conversations about the power of words and expression.  Although Kruckemeyer sets his play in a dystopian world, he fills it with joy and warmth as the citizens of The City use word games (such as palindromes, anagrams, and homophones) to convey how they feel or to fight against the status quo.  After all, the words may have been erased but their power has not been forgotten.


Performances intended for Spring 2020 have been postponed due to the Corona Virus

We hope to present the show in Fall 2020 instead.



Reservations can also be made by calling 808-236-7917, and tickets are available at the door (cash only). The show is suitable for ages nine and older.

Paul and Vi Loo Theatre is located on the third floor of the HPU Hawaii Loa campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy Kaneohe, HI 96744.


2019 - 2020 SEASON

Hawai‘i Pacific University Theatre strives to include any student with the desire and interest to be involved. We present one full mainstage production each semester, in November and April, and a Student Showcase Performance, near the end of each semester. 

The Mainstage Theatre Productions will have open auditions, to which any interested students are encouraged to attend.

Our Student Theatre Showcase features the talents of the students enrolled in acting, performance, and directing classes.



THe Christians 

by Lucas Hnath 
directed by Alex Munro  

On a day of celebration, Pastor Paul stuns his congregation with an announcement:  he no longer believes in Hell.  To his surprise, not everyone welcomes this news.  Lucas Hnath’s play respectfully explores faith and our ability, as individuals and as a community, to accept when beliefs change.


Friday, November 8 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 9 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 14 - 7:30 p.m.

[ No performance Friday, November 15]
Saturday, November 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 17 – 4:00 p.m.


Friday, December 6 - 7:30 p.m.  


april 3 through 12


by Finegan Kruckemeyer

directed by Alex Munro

Orhan lives in The City, which has limited language to 1,000 words.  In order to maintain that balance, any new words added to The Language must take place of an old word.  Speak or write any words that are not part of The Language and you’re punished:  you can no longer speak or write, and no one can speak or write to you.  Without language, you vanish.  One day, Orhan, accidentally brings home a pen from school and finds himself in the middle of a fight to reclaim those words lost to The City.


Weekend of February 7-9


Friday, April 3 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 – 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, April 5 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12 – 4:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices for all Mainstage Performances
General Admission: $15
Senior/Military/Student/HPU Faculty & Staff: $10
Students: $5
HPU Students: FREE

Presale tickets for the current Mainstage performance are available online or by leaving a message at (808) 236-7917. Tickets may also be purchased at the theatre from one hour before show time.

Tickets to our Student Showcases will be available at the door.

The Paul and Vi Loo Theatre is located on HPU’s Hawai'i Loa Campus, in Kaneohe.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited, and can be made either online or by leaving a message at 808-236-7917. 

The Theatre Box Office will open on site one hour prior to each performance. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check. Ticket holders should arrive within 10 minutes of the scheduled performance to insure seating. Late seating will be at the discretion of the house manager and is not guaranteed.  In the event of a sold out performance, an in person waiting list will begin one hour before the performance.

Purchase Online Tickets Here

Address: 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI, 96744-5221 (HPU Hawaii Loa Campus)

Directions: From Honolulu, take the Pali Highway towards Kailua/Kaneohe. At the first stop light on the windward side (Castle Junction) turn left towards Kaneohe. Take an immediate right onto the HPU campus. The theatre is located on the top floor of the Academic Center at the top of the hill. The guard at the gate will direct you if needed.

For more information please contact:
Alex Munro
Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Director

 2018-2019 SEASON
FALL: Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
SPRING: #MeToo Monologues: Stories for Healing

2017-2018 SEASON
FALL: Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon
SPRING: Private Lives, by Noel Coward

2016-2017 SEASON
FALL: Deathtrap, by Ira Levin
SPRING: The Foreigner, by Larry Shue


2015-2016 SEASON
FALL: Next Fall, by Geoffrey Nauffts
SPRING: Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare


2014-2015 SEASON
FALL: Fiddler on the Roof, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldo Harnick
SPRING: You Can't Take It With You, by Kaufman and Hart


2013-2014 SEASON
FALL: Tartuffe, by Molier
SPRING: Heritage, by P.J. Barry


2012-2013 SEASON
FALL: The Good Doctor, by Neil Simon
SPRING: Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen


2011-2012 SEASON
FALL: The House of Blue Leaves, by John Guare
SPRING: The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde


2010-2011 SEASON
FALL: Is He Dead, by Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives
SPRING: Les Dangereuses Liaisons, by Christopher Hampton


2009-2010 SEASON
FALL: Quiptease, by Yokanaan Kearns
SPRING: Arms and the Man, by G.B.Shaw


2008-2009 SEASON
FALL: Rabbit Hole, by David Lindsay-Abaire
SPRING: The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams


2007-2008 SEASON
FALL: The Imaginary Invalid, by Moliere
SPRING: The Constant Wife, by Somerset Maugham


2006-2007 SEASON
FALL: The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman
SPRING: The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov


2005-2006 SEASON
FALL: Aloha Rosie’s, a musical by Joyce Maltby and Norman Boroughs
SPRING: The Gin Game, by D.L. Coburn


2004-2005 SEASON
FALL: Broadway Bound, by Neil Simon
SPRING: The Miser, by Moliere


2003-2004 SEASON
FALL: All My Sons, by Arthur Miller
SPRING: Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, by Brel, Blau, and Shuman


2002-2003 SEASON
FALL: Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller
WINTER: Sea Marks, by Gardner McKay
SPRING: Morning’s at Seven, by Paul Osborn


2001- 2002 SEASON
FALL: James Joyce’s The Dead, by Nelson and Davey
SPRING: You Can’t Take It With You, by Kaufman and Hart


2000-2001 SEASON
FALL: Kiss Me Kate, by Cole Porter
WINTER: Wild Wisdom, by Jeanette Paulson Heriniko
SPRING: Dark of the Moon, by Richardson and Berney


1999-2000 SEASON
FALL: The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman
WINTER: Tintypes, a musical revue by Kyte, Marvin and Pearle
SPRING: The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde


1998-1999 SEASON
FALL: The Diary of Anne Frank, dramatized by Goodrich and Hackett
SPRING: Light Up The Sky, by Moss Hart


1997-1998 SEASON
FALL: A Night at Rosie’s, a musical by Joyce Maltby and Norman Boroughs
WINTER: Ain’t I A Woman, compiled and performed by Joyce Maltby
SPRING: Inherit the Wind, by Lawrence and Lee
SUMMER: A Night at Rosie's (Dinner Theatre)


1996-1997 SEASON
FALL: A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller
SPRING: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare


1995-1996 SEASON
FALL: The Threepenny Opera, by Brecht and Weil
SPRING: Our Town, by Thornton Wilder


1994-1995 SEASON
FALL: Brighton Beach Memoirs, by Neil Simon
SPRING: The Crucible, by Arthur Miller


1993-1994 SEASON
FALL: Rosie’s Place, a musical by Joyce Maltby and Norman Boroughs
SPRING: Ten Nights In A Barroom, a musical melodrama by William Pratt, adapted by Fred Carmichael


1992-1993 SEASON
FALL: Heritage, by P.J. Barry
SPRING: All The World’s A Stage, a collection of songs, scenes, and monologue


Adjunct Professor of Theatre & Director

Alex Munro teaches Acting II, Directing, and Performance at Hawai'i Pacific University and directs the mainstage shows. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in directing. Alex occasionally performs on stage and on camera; he had a small but explosive role in the season nine finale of Hawaii Five-0. He has received Po’okela Awards for his direction of "The Elephant Man" (co-directed with Paul T. Mitri), "Equus," and "very still and hard to see."

lanaly cabalo

Adjunct Professor of Theatre & Manager

Lanaly Cabalo is the founder of the Hawai'i Women's Voices Theater Festival, a co-founding member of EPOCH — Empowering People of Color Hawai'i Theatre Company, founding member of the Push Comedy Theatre (Norfolk, VA) and a member of the Hawaii State Theater Council. Her most recent directing credits include Disney's Finding Nemo, Jr. (a Pilot Production), The Addams Family The Musical, Zombie Thoughts, The Wiz, Jr. and Connected for St. Andrew's Schools The Priory. She is also the Director of Interns for the summer theatre program StageLeft! She has stage managed the Po'okela Award-winning Disgraced for The Actor's Group (TAG), The Elephant Man, Equus and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Manoa Valley Theatre (MVT) and Na ManuThe Monkey King and The Metamorphoses at Paliku Theatre (PAL).  Her local projects included In the Heights and Hairspray for Kaimuki High School Performing Arts center (KHSPAC),  In the Next Room/The Vibrator Play and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (MVT),  Jonathan Dove's Siren Song and Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman with Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) and the underneath and My Boy He Play Ball with Kumu Kahua Theatre (KKT). In addition, she is a board member for the Hawaii Chapter of the International Thespian Society as the Auditions and Scholarships Coordinator. She was recently named one of 27 theatre educators to the Educational Theatre Association's Advocacy Leadership Network.

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Mainstage Ticket Prices

  • General Admission - $15
  • Senior/Military/HPU Faculty & Staff - $10
  • Students - $5
  • HPU Students - FREE

    Presale tickets for the current Mainstage performance are available online, or may be purchased at the theatre from one hour before show time. Tickets to our Student Showcases will be available at the door.

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