Historical Performances

These historical performances are presented as part of the Society’s ongoing public history program and as an outreach program available to community and civic organizations, schools, libraries, and visitor industry venues. The plays were written by Hawai`i playwright Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl and directed by University of Hawai`i Theater Arts Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson.

The character Isabella Bird


Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird in Kona is a first person monologue of Isabella Bird, the Scottish writer and traveler who visited Kona in the summer of 1873. Jackie Pualani Johnson’s chicken skin performance describes her experiences in the islands, the many interesting people who extend their warm hospitality in Kona, and the beauty of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.

Three Extraordinary Women

Three Extraordinary Women is a living history performance in three parts featuring the stories of Isabella Bird, Kiyono Kunitake and Elizabeth Greenwell. It depicts Kona’s history during the years 1868-1950 through the eyes of each woman.


Isabella Bird, Elizabeth Greenwell and Kiyono Kunitake

The material used to develop this production comes from the archives of the Kona Historical Society and is a combination of oral history, news clippings, letters, journals, and diaries.

Check the events calendar for the next performance.