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Historic figures come to life at Oahu’s oldest graveyard

  • COURTESY HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSES CEMETERY

    Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives includes three restored houses (two of which date back to 1821 and 1831) and research archives.

  • COURTESY HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSES CEMETERY

    Cemetery Pupu Theatre’s actors dress in period costume, adding to the presentations’ authenticity. For a past program, Cecilia Fordham portrayed Mary Bishop Dowsett, wife of Capt. Samuel Dowsett, who was lost at sea while on a pearl-hunting expedition in the Pescadores Islands in 1834. Dowsett remained an important member of Honolulu’s high society until her death in 1860.

Every June, Hawaii’s history comes to life among the headstones at Oahu Cemetery. Founded in 1844, Oahu Cemetery is Hawaii’s oldest public cemetery, the final resting place for many Honolulu notables and the setting of Cemetery Pupu Theatre. Read more

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