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The scares continue at a Kumu Kahua play based on an infamous haunted house in East Oʻahu

"Kasha of Kaimuki"
Kumu Kahua Theatre
"Kasha of Kaimuki"

Halloween 2021 is behind us, but the scares continue at Kumu Kahua Theatre.

Its current production, "The Kasha of Kaimuki," is based on the legend of an infamous and terrifying haunted house in East Oʻahu. It was written by Waialua-native Hannah I’i-Epstein, best known for plays "Not One Batu" and "Pakalolo Sweet."

"The Kasha of Kaimuki" focuses on three women who move into the home, only to encounter unexplained activities that at first confound, then terrify them. With the help of their friend, they find the ghost from Japanese folklore who has an insatiable hunger for blood and corpses.

Will the four friends survive or die like the others? The Conversation talked with I’i-Epstein about writing the play — and whether she believes the legend is real.

"The Kasha of Kaimuki" runs until Nov. 14 at Kumu Kahua Theatre. This interview aired on The Conversation on Nov. 1, 2021

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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