Hawaiian Music and Culture Commemorate CT Connection
If you’ve read Nick Bellantoni’s book, “The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry Opukaha?ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk” you won’t want to miss “My Name is Opukaha?ia,” an award-winning, one-act play written by and starring Moses Goods. The program will also include Hawaiian music and cultural programming by Po`ai Lincoln, cultural program coordinator at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives.
Commissioned by Hawaiian Mission Houses to honor the bicentennial of ?Opukaha?ia’s death in 1818, in Cornwall, Connecticut, “My Name is ?Opukaha?ia” brings to life the story of a Native Hawaiian man who is a fundamental part of Hawaii’s history.
The emotionally powerful play was written by the performer, Moses Goods, one of the premier actors, writers, and storytellers in Hawai’i. Lincoln, a prominent local singer/musician and Hawaiian Mission Houses’ Cultural Programs Coordinator, will accompany the program with Hawaiian oli (chant) and mele (song). This is the first time Hawaiian Mission Houses is taking the history theater program to the continental United States, with performances throughout the region.