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Remaking Pacific PastsHistory, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania$
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Diana Looser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839765

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839765.001.0001

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Reenacting Hawai‘i’s History in the Plays of Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

Reenacting Hawai‘i’s History in the Plays of Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

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(p.163) Chapter 4 Reenacting Hawai‘i’s History in the Plays of Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
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Remaking Pacific Pasts
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Diana Looser

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839765.003.0004

This chapter considers three works about Hawai‘i’s changing colonial landscape produced by a single dramatist, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. These works are drawn from two genres of historiographic performance arising from her work as a playwright and museum educator: artistic “plays for the theatre” and more documentary “living history programs.” These include two plays dealing with early missionary contact and with incipient US statehood, as well as a major site-specific living history pageant about the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. While playing an important ethical and political role in the ongoing reassertion of Hawaiian culture, identity, and self-determination, Kneubuhl’s oeuvre also draws attention to art’s tangible social impact in the postcolonial Pacific.

Keywords:   Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Native Hawaiian, theatre, living history, re-enactment, missionaries, Overthrow, hula

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