Friday, September 3, 2010

Mai Poina Walking Tours: Sunday Sept. 5 through Friday Sept. 10.



The below was circulated by Craig Howes, Director of the UH-Manoa Center for Biographical Research:

Mai Poina Historical Walking Tours of the Overthrow of the Kingdom, Sunday, September 5 to Friday, September 10.

The Hawai'i Pono'i Coalition presents the return of the popular historic walking tours recreating four pivotal days leading up to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

Four walking tours will be presented each evening on the grounds of 'Iolani Palace from Sept. 5 – Sept. 10, 2010. Admission is free, but capacity is limited. The public is asked to call 262-5900 to reserve spaces on the tours, which will be conducted nightly at 5:00, 5:20, 5:40 and 6:00 p.m.

The Mai Poina walking tours were first presented in 2009. Over the tour's four-night run, an estimated 700 people. Written by local playwright Victoria Kneubuhl, the tours present dramatic interpretations of history at six stations at and around the 'Iolani Palace.

Among the actors performing are Will Ha'o, Moses Goods, Hina Kneubuhl, Charles Timtim, Wil Kahele, Nyla Fujii-Babb, Cynthia See, Craig Howes, Victoria Kneubuhl, Shiro Kawai, and Yuklin Aluli.  The Hawaiian scholars also commenting on the events and their aftermath include Jon Osorio, Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Yuklin Aluli, and Leilani Basham.

Founded in 2007, the Hawai'i Pono'ï Coalition is a consortium of Native Hawaiian-serving organizations dedicated to telling the true history of Hawai'i. For more information, please visit www.huiohawaiiponoi.org.

The Mai Poina Walking Tours are co-sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research and the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, with additional support from the "We The People" initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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