You look like hunters

at the Kumu Kahua Theatre
part of the Kumu Kahua Dark Night Series

April 2009

Gwen Arbaugh
Marie Kuroda
Ryan Wuestewald
Jyunko Mizumochi
Abel Coelho

choreographed and designed by Abel Coelho

stage manager Kelsi Ju

light board op Kazumi Hatsumura

Videographer Chelsey Cannon

Kumu Kahua Artistic Director Harry Wong III

An interpersonal relationship is a relatively long-term association between two or more people.
This association may be based on emotions like love and liking, regular business interactions,
or some other type of social commitment. Interpersonal relationships take place in a great variety
of contexts, such as family, friends, marriage, acquaintances, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and
churches. They may be regulated by law, custom, or mutual agreement, and are the basis of social
groups and society as a whole. Although humans are fundamentally social creatures, interpersonal
relationships are not always healthy. Examples of unhealthy relationships include abusive relationships
and codependence.

A relationship is normally viewed as a connection between two individuals, such as a romantic or
intimate relationship, or a parent-child relationship. Individuals can also have relationships with groups
of people, such as the relation between a pastor and his congregation, an uncle and a family, or a mayor
and a town. Finally, groups or even nations may have relations with each other, though this is a much
broader domain than that covered under the topic of interpersonal relationships. See such articles as
international relations for more information on associations between groups. Most scholarly work on
relationships focuses on romantic partners in pairs or dyads. These intimate relationships are, however,
only a small subset of interpersonal relationships.

All relationships involve some level of interdependence. People in a relationship tend to influence each
other, share their thoughts and feelings, and engage in activities together. Because of this interdependence,
anything that changes or impacts one member of the relationship will have some level of impact on the other
member. The study of interpersonal relationships involves several branches of social science, including such
disciplines as sociology, psychology, anthropology, and social work.