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About hemahelo

Herb Mahelona is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools (Kapalama) and the University of Hawaii at M?noa and an alumnus of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. He plays cello in various ensembles on Hawai?i Island and he is also the director of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Chorus, Mamalahoa Chapter.

Alexia Iwamoto

Alexia Iwamoto (Kana Shadow), born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i,  is currently a junior at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi High School. Her daily activities include, ballet, tap, jazz, and hula classes; she has also done other activities such as taiko, gymnastics, tennis, Tahitian, and Okinawan arts, all of which she has enjoyed profusely. She has appeared as Juliet, in Romeo, you Idiot, has had several parts in The Greek Mythology Olympiganza, West Side Story as a Jet girl, and has performed in many ballet, tap, jazz, hula, and taiko performances.  She has also been an emcee for her Elementary School’s Hō‘ike.  She plans to go into the school Business Academy. This is her first time participating in a hō‘ike, and she’s embodying the role of one of Kana’s shadows.  She was blessed to receive the opportunity to be one of twenty fortunate students to take this show to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform at the American High School Theater Festival.  There, she desires to learn about Scottish culture and its similarities and differences to Hawaiian culture as well as about all the historic sites.  Along this journey, she would not only like to learn from the ‘āina, but from the people around her.  It is her hope to learn from the people about their daily lives and from the other actors participating at the Fringe. She plans to improve her prowess in leadership, teamwork, and responsibility so that she can better prepare herself for what the future has in store.  She would like to give her warmest mahalo to her mother, father, and older sister who have enthusiastically supported her in all her passions along with everyone who has made the chance to share Hawaiian culture on a worldwide scale happen.

Scotland Cast

Full Cast FINAL

Members of the touring cast of Hāʻupu:


Hiwa Brown (Hina)

Cast Photos_Pono

Pono Brown (Hakalanileo)


Kaeo Cachola (Niheu)


Leiana Clark (Warrior)


Kayla Enanoria (Warrior)


Tiari Faagata (Lāanoano/Attendant to Hina)


Sierra Gleason (Hina understudy/Attendant to Hina)


Alexia Iwamoto (Kana Shadow)


Kuuhiapo Jeong (Kana)


Hansel Kaaumoana (Keoloʻewa)


Daylan-Blake Kalai (Kapepeʻekauila)


Alya-Joy Kanehailua (Keaʻuleinakahi/Nu’akea understudy)


Kamalanai Kekuewa (Kana Shadow)


Pomai Longakit (Uli)


Tenille Nagareda (Kolea)


Jameson Sato (Moi)


Damien Stack (Haho)


Chalet Tauati (Kahaʻalewa)


Makana Waikiki (Nuʻakea)


The local beat cop. He has no patience for the gangs conflict and tries to keep tensions from errupting between them. Regularly mocked by the local gangs.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The part of Krupke will be played by elementary school interim principal Phil Aganus.


A local police detective frustrated by the ongoing violence between the Jets and Sharks. Blunt, brash, and unapologetic.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The part of Schrank will be played by Troy Souza.


A spunky tomboy who is desperate to become a member of the Jets. The other Jets mock her for her ambitions, but generally appreciate her company. Full of energy and heart.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The part of Anybodys will be played by senior Amanda DeRego.


Feisty and assertive. She dispenses “older sister” advice to Maria and tries to shield her from the dangers of the gangs. Bernardo’s girlfriend and Maria’s friend. Puerto Rican.

-courtesy of Music Theater International

The role of Anita will be played by Alya-Joy Kanehailua