I was introduced to Kathy by a mutual friend while at the Willie K show at the Marilyn Monroe mansion; this venue is located at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Kathy Collins connected to the music and I admired her dancing style and finesse! She has the moves that flowed with the cool blues and original songs of Willie K and his Warehouse Band. What a beautiful place, designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The views are amazing of the valley, distant ocean and Mount Haleakala. People are nice here on Maui and I asked Kathy if I could interview her for my blog. She graciously agreed to talk story with me.
I did some research and discovered there is so much more to this energetic creative woman that I did not know about. She is a storyteller, comedienne, and dancer. She writes a weekly column for the Maui News Sharing Mana'o and is a regular contributor to Maui No Ka Oi magazine. Kathy and her husband Barry Shannon founded Mana‘o Radio 91.5 FM and as of this writing, she is no longer involved in the day to day operations of the station: www.manaoradio.com
Other performances include playing Bloody Mary in Maui Academy of Performing Arts' production of South Pacific. Collins has been participating in storytelling and spoken word festivals since 2001. She has entertained audiences in California and Arizona. She brought the story of Pele to life in New York City at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Project. She has attended a storytelling festival in Canada’s Northwest Territories and is now a regular at the annual Talk Story Festival in Honolulu.
My last question for Kathy Collins: Sum up the reason you feel Maui is special to you. What does the expression or the meaning of the Maui Magic mean to you?
Kathy: “I think anyplace one calls home is special. To me, Maui Magic is the beauty and diversity of the island itself.”
Kathy Collins will be performing 12 Angry Jurors at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. The 12 Angry Jurors, is a fascinating peek into the jury room and a true glimpse of human nature and social dynamics. Best known as the 1957 film 12 Angry Men, starring Henry Fonda, the story was written as a 1954 teleplay by Reginald RoseThe Maui version of the 12 Angry Jurors is directed by Angela Thompson, and will be presented four times this weekend, at 7:30pm August 18th Thursday through Saturday August 20th, and at 3pm August 21st Sunday. Tickets may be purchased by calling 463-6550 and you can get more information online at proartspacific.com.
Kathy’s other upcoming emceeing gigs, include the Plantation Festival at Kaahumanu Center and Kihei 4th Friday August 26th, and the 1st Friday in Wailuku September 2nd. Drop by and say Aloha!