Kahilu Theatre’s Executive Director Deb Goodwin leaves venue after five years of service


In a Friday afternoon e-blast, an announcement was made that the Kahilu Theatre’s Executive Director Deb Goodwin would be leaving the position effective June 30. “During this unprecedented time of change in our world, my spirit is calling me to new frontiers,” Goodwin said. She began working at the Theatre in August 2015.

Goodwin has been a Big Island resident for over 30 years and was raised on Oahu. With extensive non-profit management, writing, filmmaking, research, and educational background, Goodwin has worked for a variety of organizations, from the Nature Conservancy and Oceanic Institute to the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Prior to her position at the Kahilu, Goodwin served as the Director of Advancement at the W.M. Keck Observatory.

“It has truly been a joy and so much more to serve this beautiful arts center over the past five years,” wrote Goodwin in her farewell message to the venue’s patrons. “The magic of connection the arts invite will always be with me and I thank you all for being a part of this aloha-infused adventure. Memories fill my heart—dancing with the Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe in our production of Grease, brilliant and fragrant Hawaiian concerts, the dreams and hard work to make this uncommon arts center so successful, the exhilaration that comes with walking out onto that big Broadway stage for my curtain speeches, and especially the appreciation so generously expressed by artists and audiences. I think my favorite fulfillment will be soaking in the soulful musical feast that was our Lukas Nelson benefit concert.”

Goodwin’s last public appearance at the Kahilu Theatre was on March 8 at an afternoon matinee concert featuring Hawaiian singer Makana. The venue has been closed since then due to COVID-19 guidelines and may re-open in September.

“What I did for Kahilu I did for love of the arts and for the people who make it. And also, to give my signature enthusiasm to make better this beautiful island we are so fortunate to call home.” – Deb Goodwin

Read an interview we did with Deb Goodwin in May 2020.

Featured image: Steve Roby


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