Jackie Pualani Johnson
Jackie Pualani Johnson was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai’i and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She retired from the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo in 2017, after 38 years as a drama professor. Over the course of her careeer, she directed fully-staged musicals, classic drama, and contemporary offerings from Western and Ethnic theatre realms. She was the co-founder of the Hilo Community Players’ Shakespeare in the Park, celebrating 42 years of presentations in Kalākaua Park in 2018. Her recent directing and performance projects have focused on living history of Hawaiian aliʻi during the monarchy period and the work of local writers.