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History Theatre returns to Lahaina Nov. 1 and 2

Karen Kaulana portrays Hali‘a, recalling the smallpox epidemic of 1853.

History Theatre returns to Lahaina at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 in Waiola Church Graveyard, 535 Wainee St., where a cast of characters will bring to life the stories of Hawaii’s past.

History Theatre will feature three dramatic monologues, telling stories from the viewpoint of the people that lived them. Kevin Keaveney plays the Rev. William Richards, who served as special envoy to Britain and the United States for the Hawaiian Kingdom. Richards is buried at Waiola Church Graveyard.

Karen Kaulana plays Hali’a, who will give a harrowing first-person account of the smallpox epidemic of 1853 that killed nearly 6,000 people.

Karen Valasek plays Dr. Sarah Eliza Pierce Emerson, Hawaii’s first licensed female doctor.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The dramatic portrayals will take place concurrently, with audience members rotating between each actor. Light pupu are included with admission. Free parking is available at Waiola Church parking lot.

Attendance is limited to 90 guests per performance. Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $40 at the event, if tickets are available. Advance tickets are on sale at www.lahainarestoration.org or by calling Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262.