Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
Leon Siu – Hawaiian National
• Celebrating La Ku’oko’a – Independence Day
On November 28, 1843 (175 years ago) France and Great Britain formally recognized the Sandwich Islands ( the Hawaiian Kingdom) as a sovereign, independent nation-state. King Kamehameha III declared the date a national holiday and La Ku’oko’a became the most celebrated holiday in the Kingdom for over 50 years!
That is, until 1895 when the Republic of Hawaii, the insurgency that displaced the Queen and the Hawaiian Kingdom, ordered the American Thanksgiving Day holiday to be celebrated instead of La Lu’oko’a. It so happened that year, the American Thanksgiving Day fell on November 28.
During the period of American domination, the Hawaiian Kingdom high holiday of La Ku’oko’a was overshadowed and lost to memory … until about 25 years ago when Kekuni Blaisdell and other patriots revived the observance of La Kuʻokoʻa and La Hoʻihoʻi Ea. Ever since, these holidays have been increasingly celebrated with events in several communities throughout our nation.
But let’s see if we can turn this 175th anniversary into an opportunity to spread awareness of the significance of La Ku’oko’a where it really counts… our friends and families..
What if we each took a few minutes at our Thanksgiving dinners to share with our families and friends about the significance of Hawaii’s Independence Day and to say how thankful we are that our country was recognized as a sovereign nation; a nation that is reawakening!). In one day we would effectively reach thousands more of our ‚ohana in the intimacy of our homes with the story of Hawaii’s Independence Day…more than we would have at a big public rally. When we tell our country’s story, we affirm the narrative; it becomes more personal; it becomes our story… and the awakening spreads.
Attached is a pdf of a flyer about La Ku’oko’a that you can print out and use to share with your ‚ohana.
Let’s bring back our holiday, La Ku’oko’a, by giving thanks for Ke Aupuni o Ko Hawai’i Pae ʻĀina.