STURBRIDGE/HONOLULU – Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is pleased to announce a special Bicentennial Hawaiian cultural and history theater program on tour in New England between Sept. 29 and Oct. 23, 2019. The play “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” will be on a month-long tour of museums, churches, and historic sites bringing the story of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia, the Native Hawaiian man that travelled to New England and inspired the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission (ABCFM) to send Protestant missionaries to the Hawaiian Kingdom, to a new and historically-connected audience.
This program is brought to you by Old Sturbridge Village. This is the first time Hawaiian Mission Houses is taking the award-winning History Theater program to the continental United States. It has toured extensively throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including on Oahu, Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island to great reviews. The month-long tour will end with a regional commemoration event on the exact day of the 200th anniversary of the ABCFM missionaries leaving Boston for Hawaiʻi at Park Street Church in Boston. Don’t miss this once in a 200-year opportunity!
Based on primary source research, this emotionally powerful play is written by and starring Moses Goods, one of the premier actors, writers, and storytellers in Hawaiʻi. The program also features Poʻai Lincoln, a prominent local singer/musician and Hawaiian Mission Houses’ Cultural Programs Coordinator, who will accompany the program with Hawaiian Oli (chant) and Mele (song). Commissioned by Hawaiian Mission Houses to honor the bicentennial of ʻŌpūkahaʻia’s death in 1818, “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” brings to life the story of a Native Hawaiian man who is a fundamental part of Hawaiʻi’s history.
Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Old Sturbridge Village, 29 Stallion Hill Road, Sturbridge, MA at 6:30 p.m. Tickets on Sale now on the Old Sturbridge Village Website: https://www.osv.org/event/my-name-is-opukahaia/
Other “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” Events in Massachusetts:
The events listed as public performances will entail a 1 ½ hour cultural program where Moses Goods and Poʻai Lincoln perform a powerful and moving program incorporating live theater performance and music.
Some programs will be a discussion program, funded by MassHumanities, featuring Dr. Noelani Arista of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A “Humanities Discussion Series” program is a public panel discussion between humanities scholars working in the field of Hawaiian history. Specifically, the discussions will entail archival research and interpretations of ʻŌpūkahaʻia, and may include the presentation of Moses Goods “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia.”
A “Commemoration Event” denotes a program involving partners and a variety of speakers and presentations. Commemoration Events will also include a “Theatrical Performance,” which is the presentation of Moses Goods “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia.” In some cases, a Commemoration Event may also be a part of a church service.
“My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” will be at the following venues in Massachusetts:
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 – Phillips Academy, Andover MA – 7pm Discussion Series Moderator: Kurt Warren Prescott, Interim Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Phillips Academy Discussant: Dr. Neal V Hitch, Executive Director, HMH Discussant: Dr. Noelani Arista, The Kingdom and the Republic Discussant: Elizabeth Pope, Archivist, Hawaiian Collections, American Antiquarian Society Discussant: Performer: Moses Goods, Writer/Actor/Storyteller
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 – Phillips Academy Auditorium, Andover, MA — 6pm public performance 180 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810 Saturday,
Oct. 5, 2019 – Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA – 6:30pm public performance 1 Old Sturbridge Road Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01518
Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 – Brooks Rogers Hall at Williams College, Williamstown, MA – 7:30pm Discussion Program Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 – American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA – 7pm Discussion Program 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01267
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 – 14 Beacon Street Congregational Library and Archives, Boston, MA – 3pm Discussion Program 14 Beacon Street, Suite 206, Boston, MA 01609
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 – Park Street Church, Boston, MA – 8:30am and 11am Sunday Morning Service with delegation from Kawaiahaʻo Church. 4pm Contemporary service with delegation from Kawaiahaʻo Church. 1 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 – Park Street Church, Boston, MA – 6pm performance and commemoration event with delegation from Kawaiahaʻo Church.
For the full tour schedule please visit our website at https://www.missionhouses.org/new-englandprograms/
About Hawaiian Mission Houses:
Historic Site and Archives Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is located in Honolulu’s Historic Capitol District and is the leading authority on Protestant missionary history in Hawaiʻi. It is known worldwide as the place where the written Hawaiian language was developed through the collaborative efforts of the missionaries and the Aliʻi and the Hawaiian people. It preserves the two oldest documented houses in Hawaiʻi, which were built and used by the missionaries in the early nineteenth century, and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world.
Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings – including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms and three water-powered mills – restaurants, shops and the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.
Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for College Students, $14 for children ages 4-17, and children 3 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking. Village Members and Season Pass holders receive free standard daytime admission. For details, visit www.osv.org.