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Kealapu`ali Jeep Trip featuring a Performance by Jackie Pualani Johnston

Saturday, June 23, Kealapu`ali

The Performance Is Part Of Kona Historical Society’s Exclusive Tour Of Kealapu`ali On Hualalai

Kona Historical Society’s next Historical Jeep Trip will lead guests on an exclusive tour of Kealapu`ali on Hualalai on Saturday, June 23, featuring an incredible presentation by Jackie Pualani Johnston of Kona Historical Society’s one-woman play “Isabella Bird: A Living History Performance” written by Victoria Nalani Kneubul. The cost of this excursion is $190, and includes transportation, a no-host bar and lunch served at a ranch family home.

Isabella Lucy Bird was one of the first of England’s female adventurers to defy societal norms by traveling alone to distant countries. Bird visited Hawaii in 1873 and wrote about her experiences in letters to relatives, which were eventually published in the book, “Six Months in the Sandwich Isles,” published in 1875. In the summer of 1873, Isabella Bird visited Charles Wall’s mountain home and sheep station at Kealapu’ali and wrote about her observations in letters to her sister Hennie.

Kona Historical Society’s Isabella Rides Again Jeep Trip will take guests through Kaumalumalu to Kealapu`ali, where the adventurer’s writing about the ranch will spring to life through this stellar performance. Born and raised in Hilo, Jackie Pualani Johnston spent decades providing the UH Performing Arts Department drama program with classical, musical, and ethnic theatre. She has directed several living history productions with KHS, including Kona Coffee Days, A Visit to Kalukalu, and Isabella Bird in 2013.

As with all of our Historical Jeep Trips, guest must be current members to participate, and anyone can become a member of Kona Historical Society. To become a member or to renew a membership, please call the Kona Historical Society office at (808)323-3222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Reservations can be made at or by calling the Kona Historical Society office up until June 23. Refunds will not be given if a cancellation is made less than 72 hours prior to the day of the event. Seating is extremely limited with only 26 seats available for sale. Once those seats are reserved, interested patrons will be added to a waiting list in the event of cancellation. Guests should bring a jacket, appropriate walking shoes, sunscreen and a folding chair.

Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.