Historical figures Joseph Kaulia and Emma Nāwahī lead a compelling visit to pre-annexation Hawai'i in “Mai Poina: The Annexation Debate,” a living history presentation to be staged from Feb. 22 through March 4 at the Judiciary History Center in Ali'iōlani Hale.
The vivid re-enactment of the discussions and actions that eventually resulted in Hawai'i becoming a territory of the United States is presented by the Hawai'i Pono'ī Coalition and the Biographical Research Center, and co-sponsored by the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.
Drawing on primary historical documents—debate transcripts, newspaper reports, and personal correspondence—playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl uses costumed role-players to present the perspectives of Hawaiian patriotic leaders Kaulia and Nāwahī, as well as Senator Richard F. Pettigrew (South Dakota), Senator John Tyler Morgan (Alabama), William O. Smith (Republic of Hawai'i), and San Francisco journalist and feminist Miriam Michelson.
Admission is free, although seating is limited. For reservations, please visit www.hawaiiponoi.info.
The Mai Poina (Never Forget) event is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Coalition, a consortium of Native Hawaiian-serving organizations including Kamehameha Schools.