by: Leilani DeMello
Director of Operations, Kū-A-Kanaka LLC
Established in 1843 by Kamehameha III, Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, also known as Hawaiian Independence Day, is an important date in Hawaiʻi’s history; it celebrates the restoration and acknowledgement of Hawaiian sovereignty by Great Britain. Kū-A-Kanaka’s very own Dr. Kū Kahakalau and Pōlani Kahakalau are hosting a special Zoom event on Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m., to share manaʻo about the first national holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The Zoom link can be found on both our Facebook page and our Instagram. We can also be contacted through our website.
Leading up to the Friday event, information about key historical figures associated with Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea will be shared on the Kū-A-Kanaka Facebook page and Instagram. The week kicks off with information about Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, son of Kamehameha I. He becomes Mōʻī, or King, with Kaʻahumanu as Kuhina Nui, or Regent, at age 11, when his brother Liholiho passes away in Great Britain in 1824. When a British Sea Captain threatens to level Honolulu in February 1843, Kauikeaouli reluctantly cedes the sovereignty of Hawai‘i under written protest to Queen Victoria. After five months of British occupation the sovereignty of Hawaiʻi is again restored on July 31, 1843 and the day declared a national holiday.
Learn more about these important figures and moments connected to Hawaiian Independence Day and Hawaiian history by logging on at 5 p.m. July 31, 2020.
Kū-A-Kanaka LLC is a family-owned native Hawaiian social enterprise dedicated to revitalizing and normalizing Hawaiian language, culture, and traditions. We offer Hawaiian-focused products and services including culture-focused party games, consulting services, web-design, camps, keynotes, workshops, professional development and more! Kū-A-Kanaka is the fiscal sponsor of EA Ecoversity, an innovative post-secondary program for Native Hawaiian youth and young adults striving to reach their highest potential.