Hawaiian Mission Houses History Theatre in the Kalukalu Pasture
Kona Historical Society was pleased to present a very special Mother's Day performance from Hawaiian Mission Houses, featuring portrayals of characters from Hawaii Island who played an important role in Hawaii's history. This free event included three performances set against the gorgeous view of the ocean from the pasture behind Kona Historical Society's Kalukalu headquarters. As part of this very special Mother's Day celebration, light pau hana refreshments included freshly popped popcorn.
Curtis Piehu Iaukea (1855-1940) - Played by Albert Ueligitone. Born in Waimea on the Big Island, he served the Kingdom, Provisional Government, the Republic, and the Territory. He was Governor of Oʻahu in 1886 and 1887 under King Kalākaua and served as the Chamberlain to the royal household. He was also the Secretary of Hawaii from 1917-1921 and Acting Governor of Hawaii in 1919 and 1920. He was also elected to the Territorial Senate for a term from 1913-1915.
Emma ʻAʻima Nawahi (1854-1934) -Played by Kahana Ho. Emma Nawahi was born in Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island. Emma and her husband, Joseph, founded the Hui Aloha ʻĀina political party to protest the overthrow and annexation. Together, they also founded a newspaper in 1895, Ke Aloha ʻAina (The Hawaiian Patriot) that was staunchly pro-royalist in its outlook. After her husband's death in 1896, she continued publishing the newspaper until she sold her interest in 1910. She also was heavily involved in and instrumental in Hui Aloha ʻAina o Na Wahine (The Women's Patriotic League) and their work against annexation. She was involved in collecting signatures for the Kuʻe petition to the United States government against annexation.
Simon Peter Kalama (1815 - 1874) - Played by Moses Goods. Simon Peter Kalama was an assistant and friend of Dr. Gerrit P. Judd and saved Dr. Judd who was nearly killed in the Kīlauea crater while retrieving samples in 1842. Kalama also transcribed notes taken by Ho'okano, another assistant to Dr. Judd, who was assigned in the 1830s to interview kahuna lapa'au about their medical practices. Judd selectively incorporated some of their approaches into his own medical practice. When Ho'okano died in 1840, his notes were transcribed by Kalama and published in Ka Hae Hawaii in 1858 - 1859. The serialization has been translated by Malcolm Chun as Hawaiian Medicine Book: He Buke La-'au Lapa'auand is the earliest detailed source of information on traditional kahuna lapa'au practices that exists today.
Mahalo nui to Hawaiian Mission Houses and these incredible performers for an unforgettable Mother’s Day!