Sponsored by Central Pacific Bank Foundation
Manoa Valley Theatre is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the Hawaii premiere of “Allegiance,” the celebrated Broadway musical dramatizing the injustices suffered by Japanese-American citizens during World War II. The musical, presented by the Central Pacific Bank Foundation, is set to run March 28 – April 7 at Hawaii Theatre.
“Allegiance” is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Inspired by the real-life experience of internee George Takei, a family must choose between love of family and love of country in a time of national fear and uncertainty. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people.
The role of Kei Kimura will be performed by Hawaii music composer, vocalist and producer, Kristian Lei. She has had an extensive career in entertainment, playing the lead role of Kim in “Miss Saigon” in Germany. She also performed in Hong Kong Disneyland’s “Festival of The Lion King,” and starred in the “Kristian Lei Show” with Walt Disney Theatre on Disney Cruise Lines.
Allegiance brings to life a pivotal time in America’s history and is a story worth sharing with the community as a way to honor the Japanese Americans who persevered with courage and integrity.
Central Pacific Bank hopes to honor its own story and legacy by presenting the musical drama. Founded 65 years ago by Japanese American veterans of WWII who fought not only the enemy, but prejudice as well, Central Pacific Bank sought out to create a bank for all of Hawaii’s people. The bank hopes that by increasing education, awareness, and remembering these injustices of the past, the community will never allow it to happen again.