June 23, and 24, 2023 at Oʻahu Cemetery, 2162 Nuʻuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817 at 6pm
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and co-sponsor Oʻahu Cemetery Association will debut a new production of Cemetery Pupu Theatre.
Ticket purchase includes two drink tickets and a heavy pupu bento. Drinks and pupu begin at 5pm at the cemetery chapel, performances begin promptly at 6pm. Tickets are $55 per person and are available at www.missionhouses.org.
Hawaiian Mission Houses brings history to life with carefully researched and scripted actor portrayals of figures from Hawaiʻi’s history.
Featuring 5 portrayals focused on the history of libraries, archives, and museums in Hawaiʻi:
Robert Crichton Wyllie (1798-1865) In 1845, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom by King Kamehameha III. He was an excellent record keeper and his work led him to gather together important government documents from the Aliʻi that became the genesis of the Archives of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and the modern Hawaiʻi State Archives. He will be portrayed by Hamilton Clement.
George R. Carter (1866-1933) In 1895 and worked as a clerk for C. Brewer and Company. He was appointed Territorial Governor by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, replacing Sanford B. Dole. Carter was an avid collector of Hawaiiana and amassed a collection that became world-renowned. He will be portrayed by Ron Heller.
Edna Allyn (1861-1927) In 1907 she became the Head Librarian for the Hawaii Library and Reading Room Association. She convinced the territorial government that there should be a free public library. She will be portrayed by Eden Lee Murray.
Emma Nakuina (1847-1929) A respected cultural preservationist and was a recognized expert in folklore and water rights, serving as a water rights commissioner from 1892 to 1907. She published several works on folklore, legends, and traditional water rights and systems. She will be portrayed by Kahana Ho.
Charles Reed Bishop (1822-1915) Courted Princess Bernice Pauahi throughout 1849 and they were married in 1850 in the parlor of the Chief’s Children’s School. He went on to found Bishop’s Bank in 1858, now First Hawaiian Bank. He will be portrayed by Christopher Denton.