Statehood and independence

video promoting Ka la ho’i ho’i ea, otherwise known as “Restoration Day.” In 1843 King Kamehameha III decreed this day as a national holiday of independence from the British. What does Hawai’i’s statehood have to do with observing an independent Hawaiian holiday? Our state motto, “Ua mao ke ea o ka aina i ka pono,” comes directly from the mouth of Kamehameha III, and celebrates the return of the Hawaiian monarchy from George Paulette’s overthrow. Apparently, this holiday was celebrated for over 50 years, and it wasn’t until the Republic of Hawaii was formed in 1893, or perhaps the Territory of Hawaii was established in 1898, that Ka la ho’i ho’i ea was abolished. If the state is going to appropriate Kamehameha III’s declaration as the state motto, it shouldn’t displace it from it’s original event; rather the state might restore the event as it was celebrated during the monarchy years and reconnect it with its motto. Since this website is dedicated to the commemoration of statehood, and its various historical approaches, Ka la ho’i ho’i ea is the perfect opportunity to explore the relationship of statehood with its history. Besides, doesn’t a day celebrating independence from British colonialism sound familiar?]]>

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