History Theatre: Going To School

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


Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Lahaina Jodo Mission, and Lahaina Restoration Foundation are pleased to announce our Fall performance of History Theatre.

The program will feature portrayals of:

  • Clarissa Lyman Richards (1794-1861) arrived with the second company of New England Protestant Missionaries in 1823 along with her husband Reverend William Richards. They founded the Lahaina mission station at the request of Queen Keōpūolani. The recently completed hale pili on the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives site was based on the description in her journals and letters. Her presentation will focus on the hale pili and her life at the Lahaina mission station. She will be portrayed by Emily Wright.
  • Carlotta Stewart Lai(1881-1952) – Born in Brooklyn, NY and was the 3rd child of T. McCants Stewart, a civil rights lawyer and activist. She came to Hawaiʻi in 1898 with her father and stepmother. She graduated from Punahou in 1902 and began teaching at the Punahou Normal School, a training school for teachers. By 1909, she had been promoted to principal at Koʻolau Elementary School on Kauaʻi. In 1916 she married Yun Tim Lai, the sales manager at Garden Island Motors. She continued to teach on Kauaʻi until 1951. She is buried in Oahu Cemetery. Portrayed by Jeanné Wynne Herring.
  • John Henry Wise(1868-1937) – Born in Kohala on Hawaiʻi Island, John Henry Wise was educated at the Hilo Boarding School and was part of the inaugural class of Kamehameha Schools. In 1890, he attended theology school at Oberlin College and played football there for Johann Hesimann. When he returned to Hawaiʻi, he became involved in politics. In 1926, he began teaching Hawaiian language at Kamehameha Schools and became the second Hawaiian Language Professor at University of Hawaiʻi. He is buried in Oahu Cemetery. Portrayed by Albert Ueligitone.


– Performance will occur at Lahaina Jodo Mission.
– 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 will 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 ( Lahaina Jodo Mission).

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