Saturday, September 1, 2012

MAI POINA Living History Walking Tour

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
In September, 2012, Hawaii Council for the Humanities presented the 6th Annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program. Along with A Celebration of Women’s History, a day of history, storytelling, music, poetry, and hula, a living walking tour was presented during four evenings.

A living history walking tour, presented on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace, retraced four pivotal days leading up to and including the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy. In the walking tour, costumed role-players situated at seven stations around the palace grounds, and on the steps of Iolani Palace, interpreted the significant events and sites surrounding the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom through a dramatic narrative. 
Iolani Palace
In 1893, annexationists proclaimed that the Hawaiian Kingdom was ended and declared the Provisional government legitimate. Under protest, Queen Lili’uokalani conditionally yielded her sovereign authority to the U.S.

Queen Lili'uokalani

The script for this special presentation was written by local novelist and screenplay author Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, a founding member of Sisters in Crime/Hawaii.
Victoria Kneubuhl
narrating events surrounding
the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom