Hawaiian Missions Houses Historic Site and Archives recently produced another Cemetery Pupu Theatre event at Oʻahu Cemetery.
It’s a unique dinner theatre experience where history comes alive for the evening, brought to you by Mission Houses and Oʻahu Cemetery.
Mission Houses discovers stories from the lives of prominent Hawaiʻi residents and brings those stories back to life – in the cemetery.
Footprints on the Land – This production focuses on the scientists, observers and those who impacted the landscape in 19th- and early 20th-century Hawai‘i. Directed by William Haʻo.
Standing at five different headstones, actors perform a monologue of the lives of the people buried at Oʻahu Cemetery.
Actors are dressed in period costume, telling the life events of select individuals, at their respective grave sites.
There was nothing ghoulish about it; rather, it was very effective storytelling.
Annie Alexander (Portrayed by Alicia Rice)
Annie Alexander (1867 – 1950), the paleontologist, botanist, and vertebrate zoologist who founded the Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC-Berkeley.
Charles Sheldon Judd (Portrayed by Adam LeFebvre)
Charles Sheldon Judd (1881 – 1939) was a son of Albert Francis Judd, the supreme court justice. As an early Territorial forester, he did a lot of work with tree planting and preserving watersheds all over the islands.
Dr. Joseph Rock (Portrayed by Zach Thomas Woods)
Dr. Joseph Rock (1884 – 1962) was a botanist, explorer, ethnographer, and anthropologist who travelled extensively through China, Tibet, and Southeast Asia collecting specimens of plants and doing cultural anthropology work.
John Adams Kuakini Cummins (Portrayed by Moses Goods)
John Adams Kuakini Cummins (1835 – 1913) was a sugar planter and rancher in Waimanalo and was the President of the Waimanalo Sugar Company. He served in the legislature and in the government of King Kalakaua and was an advocate of royal rule of the islands.
Cherilla Lillian Lowrey (Portrayed by Karen Valasek)
Cherilla Lillian Lowrey (1861 – 1917) was the founder and first president of the Outdoor Circle whose mission was to “Keep Hawai‘i clean, green and beautiful.” Twenty-two Monkeypod trees were planted in A‘ala Park as the organization’s first tree planting project.
Check out the Mission Houses website for future Cemetery Pupu Theatre events, as well as the many other activities at the historic site on King and Kawaiahaʻo Streets. http://www.missionhouses.org
Coming up on July 10 will be the ‘Songs of Honolulu’ portion of Mission Houses ‘Mele Wahi Pana’ series.
Learn the music, mo‘olelo, and hula traditions of Honolulu and its environs: the valley of Nu‘uanu, the Kukalahale rain, the Bay of Mamala, the village of Kou, named for the groves of kou trees that grow so well in Honolulu.
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