Hawaiian Independence Day

SUBHEAD: A march on 11/28 in celebration of La Kuokoa (Hawaiian Independence Day) on the Big Island.

By Kahookahi Kanuha on 12 Novmeber 2014 in Island Breath -

Image above: Detail of 2010 poster announcing Hawaii Independence Day celebration on Oahu. From (http://maoliworld.ning.com/profiles/blogs/celebrate-hawaiian).



November 28, 2014 at 7:30am
Old Kona Airport across from Makala Boulevard, Kona, Big Island

November 28, 2014 at 8:00am
Old Kona Airport to the Keauhou Small Boat Harbor, Kona, Big Island

Hawaiians and supporters across the islands will march on La Kuokoa (Hawaiian Independence Day) on Friday November 28, 2014 in an effort to enhance awareness in our communities and throughout the world about one of the longest standing National Holidays of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Marchers will gather at the Old Kona Airport across from Makala Blvd at 7:30am for opening thoughts and pule.

The march will begin at 8:00am and will cover approximately eight miles starting from the Old Airport in the ahupuaʻa of Keahuolu and ending in the ahupuaa of Keauhou at the birth site of Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III).

In Hawaiian, naue means to march.  It also means to move, to shake, to tremble, to vibrate and to quake, as the earth.  Aloha aina means love of one's land or of one's country.  It means patriot, a patriot who illustrates a deep love for the land.

On this day of national independence, we hope that our lāhui will naue.  That is, this march is meant to illustrate a true and deep love that will shake, vibrate, tremble and move our land and people towards our true patriotism.

Hawaiian medium preschool teacher and march organizer, Kahookahi Kanuha says, 
“This is a march of aloha.  This is a march of love for our land and love for our country.  We march together as one with the hope that our claim to national independence may be seen and heard by our local communities and throughout the world.  Aloha Aina is alive and it will never die.”
On July 8, 1842 King Kauikeaouli dispatched three delegates to America and Europe to ultimately secure recognition of Hawaiian independence by the major powers of the world.

The Hawaiian Delegation, led by Timoteo Haalilio, was assured independence by the heads of state of the United States, Great Britain and France and on November 28, 1843.

The Kingdom of Hawaii was officially recognized as an independent country by Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom along with King Louis-Philippe of France through the signing of the Anglo-Franco proclamation at the Court of London. This thereby made Hawaii the first non-European nation in the world to be recognized as an independent country.

La Kūokoa was celebrated throughout the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1843 until 1893, when Queen Liliuokalani was illegally overthrown on January 17th with the assistance of the US Minister to Hawaii, John L. Stevens.   

The United States of America’s only claim to  acquiring Hawaii is the Newland’s resolution, a joint resolution passed by Congress and signed by President McKinley on July 7, 1898.  A joint resolution, though, is limited to United States territory, which Hawaii obviously was not and is not a part of.

Because a treaty was never ratified between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi has been and continues to be an independent country under an illegal and prolonged military occupation by the United States of America.

Building off of the momentum of the Department of Interior hearings held across the archipelago this summer, unity marches will also be held on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Oahu to raise awareness in communities about Hawaiian history, our national heritage and of the ever-growing support for a free and independent Hawaii.

          For more information, please contact:
          Kahookahi Kanuha                            Twitter: @nauekealohaaina
          Tel: 808-936-4249                              #naueikealohaaina      
          Fax: 1-866-908-4619                         #lakuokoa
          naueikealohaaina@gmail.com           #alohaainaoiaio


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