‘Hair’ is a hit: HPAF let’s the sun shine in

  • Yumeko Stren as Shelia. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Tyler Brunner as Claude. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Richie Cardile as Berger. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Joshua Credle as Hud. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

    Joshua Credle as Hud. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Dylan Aaron as woff. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Christopher Sanders as Margret Mead.

  • Trinity Gray as Dionne. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The cast of “Hair” is pictured. (Steve Roby/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Grooooovy, man. Psychedelic. As the audience trickled into Waimea’s Kahilu Theatre Saturday night, the stage was slowly filling to the brim with bell-bottomed, tie-dyed, head-banded hippies, meditating or writhing sensuously. Smoke wafted lazily across the scene. It was 1968 again. The scrim at the back of the stage featured a 1960’s vintage Peter Max style design that then left the scrim and panned across the “tribe,” lying prostrate on the stage floor. Then the light show left the stage and panned across the audience pulling us right into the action.