Congrats to the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre on 35 years!!! Marina and I were invited to bring aloha by performing a Hawaiian song and hula to introduce honoree Daniel Dae Kim at the organization’s 35th Anniversary Gala in New York. Daniel is an alum from Pan Asian Rep’s 1993 production of A Doll’s House and star of TV’s “Hawaii Five-O” and “Lost.” It was an immense honor to present a hula in New York to help celebrate the achievements of both Daniel Dae Kim and the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. It was a very fun evening. The Theater was the first of its kind for developing and showcasing Asian American artists. Island transplant, Nāpua Davoy, was also honored.

More info: www.panasianrep.org

From the Times Square Chronicles:

Daniel Dae Kim (alum from Pan Asian Rep’s 1993 production of A Doll’s House and star of TV’s “Hawaii Five-O” and “Lost,” the Academy Award-winning film Crash), research scientist Dr. Patricia E Taylor, and Red Socks Award winner Napua Davoy; attendees include Consul General of the Philippines Mario L. De Leon Jr, composer for Broadway’s M. Butterfly and Golden Child Lucia Hwang Gordon, Tony Award winning designer Ming Cho Lee, NY1 anchor Vivian Lee, NYC Comptroller John C. Liu, former Canadian Ambassador Malcolm McKechnie, Canadian Consul General John Prato, former Canadian Ambassador Kenneth D. Taylor; Pan Asian Rep and Broadway veterans – Tony nominated actor June Angela (Shogun, Miss Saigon), Golden Globe, Emmy and Drama Desk Award nominee Tina Chen (Almost Perfect), Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (Chinglish, M. Butterfly), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man, Grease); Emcees – Broadway performer Raul Aranas (Miss Saigon) and the Slant performance duo Richard Ebihara and Perry Yung; Pan Asian Rep performing artists – Angelica Aspiras, Leanne Cabrera, Liz Casasola, Nancy Eng, Wai Ching Ho, Sachiyo Ito, Brian Jose, Loresa Lanceta, John Quincy Lee, Rebecca Lerman, Rosanne Ma, Jaygee Macapugay, Tom Matsusaka, Ron Nakahara, Timothy Ng, Kaipo Schwab, Rick Shiomi, Bea Soong, Louis Stewart, Shigeko Suga, Lisa Villamaria, Lu Yu and Henry Yuk; Artistic Producing Director of Pan Asian Rep Tisa Chang, all showed up to celebrate at the Edison Ballroom (240 W 47th Street) in Manhattan’s theater district., Monday night.

The Gala event, “Legacy and Homecoming,” was hosted by Broadway performer Broadway performer Raul Aranas (Miss Saigon) and the Slant performance duo Richard Ebihara and Perry Yung, In Memoriam a photo tribute to Ellen Stewart, founder of La Mama E.T.C. and Jadin Wong, legendary entertainer and artists manager.

The night was a beautiful tribute to a terrific company that excels in moving forward.