Diamond Head Theatre
The Broadway of the Pacific
From its actors on stage, to the backstage production crew, seat ushers and even those who tend to the gardens and sew the costumes, Diamond Head Theatre – the third oldest community theater in the United States – sustains itself on thousands of volunteer hours. What began in 1915 at the foot of Diamond Head Crater by some of Honolulu’s most prominent women, celebrates 100 years of community theater in 2015.
Each season, the theater offers six mainstage theatrical productions, including five musicals. This season’s lineup includes Mary Poppins (Sept. 26-Oct. 12, 2014), White Christmas (Dec. 5-21, 2014), To Kill a Mockingbird (Jan. 30-Feb. 15, 2015), South Pacific (March 27-April 12, 2015), 42nd Street (May 22-June 7, 2015) and Shrek the Musical (July 17-Aug. 2, 2015).
If you should find yourself in Honolulu around Halloween time and need to rent a costume, the Diamond Head Theatre Costume Shop rents costumes for individuals and couples as basic as a princess or pirate to Billy Idol, Mother Nature, a Can Can girl or seaweed. That’s right. Seaweed.
DIAMOND HEAD THEATRE + BEYOND
If you are looking for somewhere to eat before the show, try one of the many restaurants nearby. Slurp up a late lunch of ramen noodles at Lucky Belly, all served with bean sprouts, soft egg, wakame, sesame seeds, green onion and ginger, or try an early dinner at Alan Wong’s Restaurant, where innovative, beautifully plated and gastronomically intricate dishes meld flavors with Asian roots. For dessert, head to Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha for shave ice (Hawaiian style drops the d), where you can choose from a dozen all-natural homemade culinary-creative syrups and even add toppings. Year-round favorites include mango, guava, kalespin (kale-spinach mix) and green tea. Top it off with fresh strawberry, fresh pineapple or Li Hing Powder, an acquired taste of salty, dried plum.
Diamond Head Theatre
- Address: 520 Makapuu Ave., Honolulu, Oahu
- Phone: (808) 733-0277
- Web Address: www.diamondheadtheatre.com
- Distance/Drive: 12 minutes, 3.1 miles. Head southeast on Ala Moana Boulevard/HI-92.
- Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Turn right onto Kalakaua Avenue and stay on Kalakaua for 1.2 miles. Stay straight to go onto Monsarrat Avenue for another 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Makapuu Avenue.