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Oahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre: E Hele I Ke Kula "Going to School" June 21, 2019


Oahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre: E Hele I Ke Kula "Going to School"

June 14 + 15, 21 + 22, 28 + 29, 2019

Featuring David Malo, Rev. Jonathan Green, Carlotta Stewart Lai, Margaret "Mother" Waldron, and John Henry Wise.

At Oahu Cemetery, 2162 Nu'uanu Avenue

Tickets are $55

For the June 21, 2019 performance:

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David Malo (1793-1853) – Born in Keauhou on Hawaiʻi Island, David Malo was a member of the first class at Lahainaluna Seminary when it opened in 1831. He later served as school master at Lahainaluna.  He was instrumental in the compilation of Rev. Sheldon Dibble’s History of the Sandwich Islands.  He compiled his own Hawaiian history, which was later translated and published by Nathaniel Emerson in 1898.  His historical works are still major primary sources for researchers and scholars today. He is buried near Lahainaluna High School.
Portrayed by Moses Goods

John Henry Wise (1868-1937) – Born in Kohala on Hawaiʻi Island, John Henry Wise was educated at the Hilo Boarding School and was part of the inaugural class of Kamehameha Schools.  In 1890, he attended theology school at Oberlin College and played football there for Johann Hesimann.  When he returned to Hawaiʻi, he became involved in politics.  In 1926, he began teaching Hawaiian language at Kamehameha Schools and became the second Hawaiian Language Professor at University of Hawaiʻi. He is buried in Oahu Cemetery.
Portrayed by Albert Ueligitone

Margaret “Mother” Waldron (1873 -1936) – One of the driving forces of Kakaʻako in the aerly 20th century, Mother Waldron is credited with being the individual who had the most influence in transforming “Kakaʻako gangs” into law abiding groups and wiping out the unsavory reputation of the district at the time.  She was orphaned and then educated at Kawaiahaʻo Female Seminary.  She later went to Makapala on Hawaiʻi Island and lived with the Bond Family.  From 1912 until 1934 she was a 4th grade teacher at Pohukaina School, near where the park named for her is today. She is buried in Oahu Cemetery.
Portrayed by Po`ai Lincoln

Carlotta Stewart Lai (1881-1952) – Born in Brooklyn, NY and was the 3rd child of T. McCants Stewart, a civil rights lawyer and activist.  She came to Hawaiʻi in 1898 with her father and stepmother.  She graduated from Punahou in 1902 and began teaching at the Punahou Normal School, a training school for teachers.  By 1909, she had been promoted to principal at Koʻolau Elementary School on Kauaʻi.  In 1916 she married Yun Tim Lai, the sales manager at Garden Island Motors, Ltd.  She continued to teach on Kauaʻi until 1951. She is buried in Oahu Cemetery.
Portrayed by Jeanné Wynne Herring

Rev. Jonathan Green (1796-1878) – Born in Connecticut, he came to Hawaiʻi with the 3rd company of ABCFM Protestant Missionaries in 1828. In 1836 Theodosia, his wife, and Rev. Green founded Wailuku Female Seminary, a boarding school for Native Hawaiian girls.  He was head master there until he left the mission 1842 over the issue of the ABCFM taking a stronger stance against slavery in the United States.  He founded the Poʻokela Church in Makawao and is buried in Makawao Cemetery.
Portrayed by Dr. Neal V. Hitch