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In the hazy days of 1968, a group of citizens and college administrators gathered together to discuss the idea of a major performing arts venue on the Leeward side of Oahu. By 1974, their dream had become a reality with the opening of The Leeward Theatre at Leeward Community College.
Located in Pearl City, Hawaii, the Leeward Theatre serves as the only major performing arts center for the Leeward and Central Oahu areas. Since the Theatre opened its doors in 1974, over 2.4 million people have seen or participated in an event at The Leeward Theatre. We actively cultivate and maintain a strong commitment to local artists such as Tau Dance Theater, the Hawaii Ballet Theatre, PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company, and the Hawaii Artist Initiative.
The focus of The Leeward Theatre is to build community through shared cultural experiences. We strive to address the needs of our community, and reflect the diverse traditions, challenges and triumphs of our local culture. We want to create a space where culture can be created and explored – engaged with and empowered. The work presented on our stage provides a voice to the community where we reside.
ABOUT THE MURAL
Our lobby mural was commissioned by the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Arts in Public Places program. The work is 23 feet high and 104 feet long. It took Jean Charlot and his team three months to complete (from February 14 - May 17, 1974).
Jean Charlot was a distinguished artist and teacher. Leeward Community College is very fortunate to have one of his greatest works done in fresco. It is the largest work he ever did and it reveals his love for Hawai`i and the Hawaiian people. He was born in Paris in 1989 and lived in Hawai`i from 1949 until his death in 1979.
Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh" and in art it is the method of painting on plaster white the plaster is still wet, or "fresh." In the drying process, the colors amalgamate with the plaster and the painting literally becomes part of the wall. Jean Charlot was a member of a quartet of muralists who during the 1920 set the standards for their art form. This creative group included Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco.
If the arts are your passion, Leeward is a great place to explore, study and discover. Leeward Community College offers students of all ages a range of classes in theatre, dance and music as well as opportunities to perform on the Leeward Theatre stage. Furthermore, students can purchase tickets to Leeward Theatre productions at a discounted rate.
If you are currently a student of the performing arts at Leeward or if you have been a student here in the past, we want to know more about you! Use the form to send us your name and email and we will contact you. We will also give you one free ticket to any mainstage show in our current season to thank you for connecting with us.
ARE YOU A STUDENT OF THE LEEWARD THEATRE?
" THE FIRST STEP - -
THE FIRST STEP TO CONTROLLING YOUR WORLD IS TO CONTROL YOUR CULTURE.
TO MODEL & DEMONSTRATE THE KIND OF WORLD YOU DEMAND TO LIVE IN.
TO WRITE THE BOOKS. MAKE THE MUSIC. SHOOT THE FILMS. PAINT THE ART."
- CHUCK PALAHNINK
ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH
ENERGY & DRIVE & TALENT, BUT NOT MONEY
The Beatles once sang, "I get by with a little help from my friends." Likewise, the Leeward Theatre depends on its true friends
whether they can donate, volunteer, or simply stay in touch. Learn more about how you can become a Friend of the Leeward Theatre.
"IF WE DO NOT SUPPORT OUR ARTISTS, THEN WE SACRIFICE OUR IMAGINATION ON THE ALTER OF CRUDE REALITY AND WE END UP BELIEVING IN NOTHING
AND HAVING WORTHLESS DREAMS."
-YANN MARTEL, LIFE OF PI
You can play a key role in the success of the Leeward Theatre by volunteering at our shows. Volunteers are needed on performance nights for ticket office, ushering, artist merchandise sales and concessions. Time commitment is usually a total of 3-4 hours starting 1.5 hours before the show until audience departure. Fill out the form if you are interesting in becoming a volunteer.
The Leeward Theatre publishes a bi-annual newsletter every Fall and Spring semester. SIGHTLINES features articles about local arts and culture, information about our upcoming shows and letters from the Leeward Theatre ohana. View the newsletter online or pick up a copy on your next visit to the theatre!
The Leeward Theatre operates with a minimal advertising budget, mainly targeting students and under-served populations. But we can use all the publicity we can get! You can check out our recent press releases and please feel free to forward them to community-minded media contacts. If you would like further information, please contact the Theatre Manager, Kemuel DeMoville | phone: 455-0381
email: kemuel (at) hawaii.edu
2014-2015 PRESS RELEASES
ABOUT THE RENOVATION
If you would like further information about sponsorship opportunities please contact the Theatre Manager, Kemuel DeMoville
email: kemuel (at) hawaii.edu
Receive approval of your application via email along with a cost estimate and further instructions.
Following approval, renters must schedule a tech meeting with the theatre staff, submit a 50% deposit and provide a certificate of liability insurance.
Finally, it will be time for the show to go on. Following your event, you will receive your final bill and asked for a count of attendees.
We are now accepting rental inquiries for Spring 2015 events (January - June 2015).
Follow the steps of our rental process below.
The theatre will close for renovations on July 1, 2015 and will not be available for rental thereafter.
THE LEEWARD THEATRE OFFICE
THE LEEWARD THEATRE MAILING LISTS
96-045 Ala Ike
Pearl City, HI 96782
You are welcome to sign up for the Leeward Theatre's print mail list in order to receive our season brochure at the beginning of each season. You can also sign up for any of the theatre's four email lists, which are designed to provide you with email notifications about events and opportunities that are most important to you.
ASST. THEATRE MANAGER
The most convenient way to visit our Theatre is by automobile. Google Maps shows that the best route to Leeward CC campus from Honolulu is via Kamehameha Highway, however, we highly suggest that you drive the H1 Highway route and take exit 10 onto Moanalua Road and then follow the signs to Leeward Community College to get to the theatre. If you get lost and need assistance with finding Leeward Community College, please call 455-0611.
PARKING: The theatre is located on the East/Diamond Head side of the campus. Parking closest to the theatre can be found by entering the first or third parking lot entrances on Ala Ike road. If you require handicap accessibility, please enter the first parking lot by taking the first left turn on Ala Ike, immediately before the rock wall sign for Leeward Community College.
office: (808) 455-0380
fax: (808) 455-0384
• tLT Audience eMail List
Receive four emails a year about upcoming events at the theatre
• tLT Volunteer eMail List
Receive emails about volunteer opportunities during theatre events
• tLT Masterclass eMail List
Receive notification of the theatre's free masterclasses throughout the year
• Friends of tLT eMail List
Receive emails about what you can do as a Friend of the Leeward Theatre and to support art & culture in your community
kemuel (at) hawaii.edu
lehua (at) hawaii.edu
ranney (at) hawaii.edu
swhitehe (at) hawaii.edu