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‘Damien’ play to be performed in Lahaina

By Staff | Aug 8, 2013

Vinnie Linares will perform “Damien” for the first time in West Maui on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina.

LAHAINA – “Damien,” a one-man show about Saint Damien, minister among the lepers of Molokai, will be staged in Lahaina on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Vinnie Linares, a retired English professor at the University of Hawaii Maui College, has been performing Aldyth Morris’ play about Father Damien since 2000.

He has taken his one-man show to various locations around Hawaii, to the Mainland and to Edinburgh, Scotland, but never before to West Maui.

Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina will host the performance at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door or online at www.holyimaui.org.

Holy Innocents Episcopal Church is located at 561 Front St. For more information, call 661-4202.

The play highlights significant moments in the turbulent life of Father Damien, who treated lepers as patients instead of outcasts.

Holy Innocents parishioner Leanna Roberts said, “The church is a perfect venue for a play about the saintly priest, since he was ordained just a few years after Holy Innocents was founded in 1862.”

Holy Innocents is a historic church with a rich Hawaiian history. It was the first Anglican church on Maui, founded by Bishop Thomas Nettleship Staley in 1862.

The present church was built on land where Queen Lili’uokalani enjoyed holidays and vacations as a child.