The Best of Aloha Shorts - On the Road!

Nov 2, 2018

I attended the Aloha Shorts performance [in August 2018].... The performance was outstanding. The pieces chosen were the "Hawaii" in Hawaii Public Radio. I felt like I was listening to stories of my friends from my "little keed" days...  Neil W. Tsukayama, HPR member

O'ahu audiences responded with standing ovations to the readings from the Bamboo Ridge Press anthology The Best of Aloha Shorts this past summer. Now, HPR is proud to bring The Best of Aloha Shorts - Live! to the Neighbor Islands, featuring the original cast, some new material, and hosted by Arts and Culture Reporter Noe Tanigawa. Multi-Hōkū-winner and Hilo native Mark Yamanaka will be the featured musician in Hilo; musical guests for Maui and Kauaʻi to be announced.

Don't miss out! Click on your preferred venue below to reserve your tickets today.

  • Hawaiʻi island: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Maui: Kamehameha Schools Maui Keōpūolani Hale Auditorium, Saturday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
  • Kauaʻi: St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (Līhuʻe), Saturday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.

Co-produced by Bamboo Ridge Press and Hawai‘i Public Radio, the much-loved radio program Aloha Shorts went off the air six years ago -- but has not been forgotten. Audiences still remember hearing some of Hawai‘i’s finest writers, actors, and musicians coming together in celebration of local literature. The collection The Best of Aloha Shorts brings together more than thirty poems and stories from the program's peak years, pieces not only excellent unto themselves, but also outstanding in performance.

If you missed Aloha Shorts live or on the air the first time around, you can enjoy it now, better than ever, at a performance near you:

  • Hawaiʻi island: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center, Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Maui: Kamehameha Schools Maui Keōpūolani Hale Auditorium, Saturday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
  • Kauaʻi: St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (Līhuʻe), Saturday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. 

Soft-cover copies of  the anthology are available for purchase from HPR with your ticket order. To reserve a copy, see "Additional Items" on the payment page. Your pre-ordered copy will be available for pickup at the show. You may also purchase the book The Best of Aloha Shorts online from Bamboo Ridge, as well as at the performances. Book signings will follow performances, when time permits.

The 30-minute weekly radio program Aloha Shorts became destination listening for anyone interested in Hawaiʻi stories and literature. Over four years, it became a major jewel in HPR's local programming crown.

Michael Titterton, former HPR President & General Manager

The Best of Aloha Shorts - On the Road! (Neighbor Island tour) is sponsored in part by Hawaiian Airlines and Kamuela Farmers Market.