Join the New Haven Museum for “My Name is ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia,” an award-winning, one-act play written by and starring renowned theater artist Moses Goods, accompanied by Hawaiian "oli" (chant) and "mele" (song) by Po`ai Lincoln. If you attended last year’s talk by Nick Bellantoni on his book, "The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk," you won’t want to miss this special event.
‘Ōpūkaha‘ia sailed to the U.S. aboard the Triumph with Captain Caleb Brintnall of New Haven and studied and resided with the family of Yale University president Timothy Dwight. He was converted to Christianity, becoming the inspiration for later Christian missions in Hawai’i. While in Connecticut he laid the groundwork for the first phonetic alphabet for the Hawaiian language.
Commissioned by the Hawaiian Mission Houses to honor the bicentennial of ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia’s death in 1818, in Cornwall, Connecticut, the emotionally powerful play brings to life the story of a Native Hawaiian man who is a fundamental part of Hawai’i’s history. The program commemorates the bicentennial of the arrival of missionaries to Hawai’i who were inspired by ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia.