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The Conversion of Ka‘ahumanu

Friday, Apr 24 2020, 7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 25 2020, 7:30 PM

McCoy Studio Theater

In support of current county, state, and federal governmental and health agency recommendations, and in light of the worldwide efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kumu Kahua Theatre performances originally scheduled for April 24 & 25, have been postponed.
The MACC website & social media pages will be updated and an email will be distributed as soon as a new date for the concert has been determined.

All previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates. If you are unable to attend on the rescheduled dates after new dates are announced, refunds will be provided by the MACC Box Office.
Much of the MACC's upcoming schedule of shows and events has been affected by the need to postpone or cancel. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff works through this volume and moves toward resetting new performance dates.
Mahalo for your kōkua.

Kumu Kahua Theatre presents this work, written by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, a playwright of Hawaiian and Samoan descent. The historical drama focusses on the lives of three Hawaiian women and two missionary women as they experience personal and cultural changes in response to Western contact in Hawai‘i. 

When Lucy Thurston and Sybil Bingham arrive on the shores of O‘ahu in 1820, a year after Queen Ka‘ahumanu overthrew the traditional Kapu system in ancient Hawai‘i, they immediately attempt their missionary task.

Queen Ka‘ahumanu, however, is more interested in their dresses than a new god and has no desire for new religion. Sybil and Lucy persevere, and so begins the slow, gradual process of Ka'ahumanu’s conversion.

This complex historical drama explores different perspectives on Hawaii’s official adoption of Christianity — from the caste system to notions of monogamy. 

image: Queen Ka'ahumanu photograph by H. L. Chase, Mission Houses Museum Archives

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