On Saturday, May 25, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and Kennedy Theatre will host a celebration of life for former Hawaii Branch President and SAG-AFTRA Co-President Glenn Cannon at the University’s Kennedy Theatre at 3 p.m. Members of the film, television and theater communities will gather to remember Cannon, who passed away on April 20. The theater will open its doors at 2:30 p.m. with open seating.
Cannon served as President and board member of the Hawaii Branch of Screen Actors Guild for more than 20 years. More recently, he was the co-president of the newly merged SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local.
Cannon was a fixture in Honolulu’s theatrical community, regularly directing and acting at theatres in Honolulu and winning dozens of Po’okela Awards from the Hawaii State Theatre Council. His stage and television career spanned over fifty years, most notably for his recurring roles in the original Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum P.I. as well as roles on more recent shows, including Lost.
Cannon mentored several generations of young actors. Days after his death, his Facebook page was filled with former students recalling his influence and wishing his family well. He touched the lives of thousands of students, actors and audiences throughout his career.
Come and celebrate the life of our fearless leader who touched our lives as an actor, director, mentor and educator. He was a stable force in our local union.
Cannon’s family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to support the students of the UH Theatre and Dance program. Checks may be made payable to: UH Foundation with a notation “For the Glenn Cannon Endowment Fund” and mailed to the University of Hawaii Foundation, P.O. Box 1270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270.