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Queen Emma Play - Vespers at Hanaiakamalama

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Event date: 
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 14:30
Full Address: 
81-1004 Konawaena School Road
Venue: 
Christ Church Episcopal
Cost: 
free will offering
Contact Phone Number: 
323-3429
Details: 
An encore performance of the Queen Emma play "Vespers at Hanaiakamalama" celebrates the 150th anniversary of Christ Church Episcopal in Kealakekua. The play, written by Jackie Pualani Johnson, professor at UH Hilo, has the queen - portrayed by Denyse Woo-Ockerman - reflecting on Hawaiian history and aloha in this intimate one-woman performance. Queen Emma actually worshipped at Christ Church Episcopal when she was in residence at Hulihe'e Palace. According to a letter written by the first vicar, Charles Williamson, in 1868, crowds of adoring subjects came to church when the queen did, so many that they could not all fit inside and had to seat themselves on the ground just outside. A reception follows the performance.