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“My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” History Theater Performance
10/18/2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives presents a history theater performance of “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” on board the Charles W. Morgan ship at Mystic Seaport Museum! This one-person play tells the story of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia, a Native Hawaiian man who traveled from Hawai‘i to New England via a boat just like the Charles Morgan. ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s experiences in New England would impact Hawaiian and American history, and cement ties between New England and Hawai‘i forever.
About Hawaiian Mission Houses and “The Hawai‘i, New England Connection” tour:
The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first Congregational mission to Hawai‘i with “The Hawai‘i, New England Connection,” a 30-day tour of History Theatre, panel discussions, and cultural events. This series explores the history and contemporary results of the intersection of New England and Hawaiian culture, which began in 1819 when the first missionaries left Boston for Hawai‘i and continues today.
“The Hawai‘i, New England Connection” features a one-man play, “My Name is ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia.” Performed by Moses Goods, Hawai‘i’s premier actor, storyteller, and writer, it recounts the life of ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia, a young Native Hawaiian man who would change the history of Hawai‘i forever with his arrival in New England. The performance also includes Hawaiian songs and chants, and discussion of the history of Hawaiian music.
Performance is included with entry fee to museum that day.