Please join us for “Ho’okia’i: Lili’uokalani, featuring Her Majesty’s music and a living history performance of the Queen’s final journey on Monday, January 7, at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 8, at 3:00 p.m., 2019, at the Lyman Museum. The script is a first-person soliloquy that was written to commemorate the 100thAnniversary of Queen Lili’uokalani’s passing on November 11, 2017.  The Queen’s deep feelings for her family and those in her entourage who remained faithfully at her side after the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom loom large in this re-enactment of the Queen’s funeral.  She muses on her love of music and the manner in which music ushered her onto her final journey, ending with her entombment at Mauna ‘Ala, the resting place of Hawai’i ali’i. The Queen’s music is played by the harp and flute duet of Cymber Lily Quinn and Kathy Dorn.

Johnson’s UH Hilo career spanned thirty-eight years, where she taught acting, costuming, and stage makeup, while directing annual musicals and a wide range of classical and contemporary plays.  In recent years, she has scripted and performed living history works focusing on the Hawaiian monarchy.

Quinn is an award-winning harpist who loves arranging the Queen’s music for the harp and other instruments and voices.  She grew up in a musical family, playing many instruments and worked in corporate life until deciding to return to music to play the harp ten years ago.  Her music has been featured on National Public Radio and Hawai’i public radio.  She welcomes students who wish to learn to play the harp and other instruments at her studio, Rosalani Music in Hilo, and performs island-wide and on the internet.

Dorn has been playing the flute since she was eighteen and a student at UC Berkeley.  After moving to the Big Island from Kaua’i in 1979, she played for three years in the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Wind Ensemble. For the past 14 years, she has been playing with a guitarist focusing on jazz with a recent emphasis on pop songs.  She respects Queen Lili’uokalani immensely and loves the Queen’s music.

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