Lā Kūʻokoʻa

Lā Kūʻokoʻa

November 28 is Lā Kūʻokoʻa – the Hawaiian Independence Day. First celebrated in 1844, Lā Kūʻokoʻa commemorates Great Britain’s and France’s acknowledgement of the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent nation. Following the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893, however, the celebrations were discontinued.

On Monday, Makawalu, a group of students at faculty at UH-Mānoa, will hold festivities at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies for the first time to revive Lā Kūʻokoʻa. The eventʻs goal is to encourage open discussion about many pressing issues facing Native Hawaiians and the larger community throughout the islands. Hawaiian crafts, food, and educational demonstrations will be on site. Festivities start at 10am.

The ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa Initiative is also launching its drive to document more than 60,000 pages of Hawaiian language newspapers. The group is seeking 3,000 volunteers at their event taking place on the ʻIolani Palace grounds on Monday, November 28, from 11am-2pm.

Check out the Community section on ʻŌiwi.tv to get more information about these events.

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  1. Manupupule 13 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  2. Kini Kaawa 5 years ago

    Aloha mai, The very first Lā Kūʻokoʻa Hawaiʻi commemoration was held at UH Mānoa Bachman Hall on Nov. 28, 2007. Coordinated and lead by Kalaniakea Wilson. He invited all Kawaihuelani and Kamakakūokalani staff, including directors. Only Professor Kanalu Young was present from the Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language staff at UHM, and he declared a commitment to restore such holiday. Students from Hālau Lōkahi, under Kumu Kalani Kalima, were also present.
    Meanwhile, Kini Kaawa lead the very first Lā Kūʻokoʻa Hawaiʻi at UH Hilo, at the main flag pole on Nov. 28, 2007, where her own children and UH Hilo students were present. Lale Kimura provided the opening and closing pule. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker provided the moʻolelo. Kini along with her classmate, Henohea and Kumu, Kamakoa, lowered the American flag and raised the Hawaiian flag to a 21 pū salute and the singing of Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī.
    Both campuses, mahalo to Kalaniakeaʻs research, performed the very same agenda of the flag ceremony as was once done during the Kingdom.
    This video here provides our elem. – HS students a good intro to Lā Kūʻokoʻa Hawaiʻi. Mahalo nui loa for sharing!

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