homepage logo

History Theatre returns to Lahaina for performances on Nov. 1 and 2

By Staff | Oct 10, 2019

Karen Kaulana portraying Hali’a, a representative character recalling the smallpox epidemic of 1853.

LAHAINA – History Theatre returns to Lahaina on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. The performances will be held in the Waiola Church Graveyard at 535 Wainee St. in Lahaina. A talented cast brings to life the stories of Hawaii’s past.

History Theatre will feature three dramatic monologues, telling stories from the viewpoint of the people who lived them.

Kevin Keaveney plays Rev. William Richards, who served as special envoy to Britain and the United States for the Hawaiian Kingdom. Richards is buried in the Waiola Church Graveyard.

Karen Kaulana plays Hali’a, who will give a harrowing first person account of the smallpox epidemic of 1853 that killed nearly 6,000 people.

Karen Valasek plays Dr. Sarah Eliza Pierce Emerson, Hawaii’s first licensed female doctor.

History Theatre begins at 6 p.m.; gates open at 5:30 p.m. The dramatic portrayals will take place concurrently, with audience members rotating between each actor.

The event will be held outdoors, so dress accordingly. Light pupus are included with admission. Free parking is available in the Waiola Church parking lot.

Attendance is limited to 90 guests per performance. Purchase tickets early, as the last History Theatre quickly sold out.

Tickets are $30 per person and are on sale online at www.lahainarestoration.org or by calling Lahaina Restoration Foundation at (808) 661-3262.

History Theatre is brought to Lahaina through a partnership between Lahaina Restoration Foundation and Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. The performances are hosted by Waiola Church.

Funding for History Theatre is provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority Community Enrichment Program.

Contact Lahaina Restoration Foundation at (808) 661-3262, e-mail info@lahainarestoration.org or visit www.lahainarestoration.org for more information on History Theatre or Lahaina’s historic sites and upcoming events.