Students bring oral histories to life on West Hawaii

Fifteen oral histories from Kona Historical Society’s Archives came alive at West Hawaii Civic Center on Wednesday, November 14.

In “Voices from Our Past,” the last Hanohano o Kona/Honoring Kona presentation of 2012, eight students from the University of Hawaii Center-West Hawaii shared their insights into diverse and independent individuals whose experiences have shaped the identity of the Kona community.

The oral history excerpts on the evening’s agenda were those of Eugenior Bala, Bernabella Abril, L.C. Child, Osame Manago, Severo Dinson, Martina Kekuewa Fuentevilla, Joe Henriques, Minoru Inaba, Kyono Kunitake, Johnny Rapoza, Victoria Kolia Barrett, John Sandoval, Hana Masuhara, Willie Thompson, and Kapua Wall Heuer. West Hawaii students in the cast were Addison Dahlke, Jennifer Gonzalez, Macey Loando, William Midgley, Kara Nelson, Mahealani Pai, Kathlyn Richardson, and Lei Rivera.

Speech communication lecturer Ann Kern researched, arranged, and directed the performance. Coordinator of the Hanohano o Kona Lecture Series, she also serves as lead interpreter for Kona Historical Society’s Kailua Village Walking Tour and Greenwell Store Living History Museum. Her West Hawaii colleague, history lecturer Dr. Richard Stevens, gave two of the earlier lectures in the series, one on ancient trails and the other on reforestation.

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