In partnership with the American Antiquarian Society and with support from Mass Humanities, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) will present “Encountering History using Innovative and Disruptive Narratives,” a humanities discussion panel program. The discussion panel, open to the public, will explore new texts, current research, and thoughtful responses to the bicentennial of the departure of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions’ (ABCFM) Pioneer Company from New England to the Sandwich Isles in 1819.
The Discussion Panel, of recognized humanities scholars, is organized around the presentation of “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia,” a one-person play written by Moses Goods that sets the story of ʻŌpūkahaʻia into a narrative of Hawaiian agency. This story, historically used in New England by the ABCFM to recruit missionaries and provide funding for the mission to the Sandwich Islands, is at its core, a Hawaiian story. As the first Hawaiian Christian, today he is the subject of an intense debate about his role in Hawaiʻi’s history. Humanities scholars will discuss their work and the influence of ʻŌpūkahaʻia in New England and Hawaiʻi.