I was commissioned by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives to write “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia”, a piece that I also perform. “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” is a 20 minute one-man-show that commemorates the life of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia.
The play takes the audience to different scenes from Opukahaia’s life, including traumatic events from his youth, his arrival and residence in New England, and his conversion to Christianity.
“My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” was first performed on February 17, 200 years after his death, on grounds of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum. It was also performed at Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival, The Lyman Museum (Hilo), Mukuaikaua Church (Kona) and University of the Nations.
It is also scheduled to be performed in March at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and in Connecticut and Washington DC in October and November.