Woman’s Triumph:
Celebrating 101 Years of the 19th Amendment

We invite you to history theatre to hear the stories of Hawaii’s past directly from the people who lived it.

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Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Waiola Church, and Lahaina Restoration Foundation are pleased to once again host History Theatre.

This year’s presentation is the Poʻokela Award winning program – “Woman’s Triumph: Celebrating 101 Years of the 19th Amendment,” which focuses on the history of women’s suffrage and celebrating the struggle for the 19th Amendment.

The program will feature portrayals of:

  • Betsey Stockton – Born into slavery in New Jersey and freed to become a missionary to Hawaiʻi. She arrived with the second company of ABCFM Missionaries in 1823. She founded the first school for commoners on Maui. Portrayed by Jeanné Wynne Herring.
  • Wilhelmine Kekelaokalaninui Dowsett – was born on Kauaʻi and organized the National Women’s Equal Suffrage Assocaition of Hawaiʻi in 1912. She led the largest suffrage organization in Hawaiʻi at the time. Portrayed by Karen Kaulana.
  • Ethel Smith Baldwin – Leader and organizer of the Maui Woman’s Suffrage Association, which she formed in 1919.  She was also active in the League of Women Voters and Women’s Clubs on Maui. Portrayed by Karen Valasek.


– Performance will occur in Waiola Church Cemetery.
– Doors open at 6 p.m. Performances start at 6:30 p.m.
– Due to Covid restrictions, food will not be served at this event, but water stations will be available.
– There will be three performances occurring simultaneously, and guests with cycle through all three performances, so please plan on a bit of walking during the event.
– While there will be seating at each location, be prepared to walk across possibly uneven ground after the sun sets.
– This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly.
– Free parking is available at the site of the event (Waiola Church).

Mahalo to the Baldwin Foundation for supporting Hawaiian Mission Houses’ History Theatre performances on Maui.