Aloha mai kakou,
Since 2007, when the Hawai‘i Pono‘i Coalition came together, we have sponsored “Onipa‘a”, an annual birthday celebration to give honor to Queen Lili‘uokalani’s life as a world leader of peace and justice.
This year, the celebration will take place on Sunday, Sept. 4, at ‘Iolani Palace, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our success in hosting this event can be attributed to your past support. We wish to again invite the Royal Societies to participate at the opening and enjoy the various activities throughout the day. We shall have a tent with chairs for special seating for your members. Also, may I suggest consideration of an exhibit to share the good work that the Royal Societies are doing. We can provide a table with two chairs to enable your exhibit should you decide to do one individually or collectively. There are many in the Hawaiian community who do not know the history of the Royal Societies, how to become a member, and of the many contributions that you make to our community. Thus, encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Also, sales with scripts are being allowed for your Native Hawaiian home made products, with 10% of proceeds donated to the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace (5%) and to the Hawai’i Pono’i Coalition (5%) to help offset costs for this event. Details are on the attached RSVP form (titled application).
On this day, we will acknowledge Lili‘uokalani’s deep spirituality with an ecumenical prayer service, celebrate our Native culture through the performance of hula and mele, and reconnect with the history of our Islands. We will encourage all Native Hawaiian organizations to exhibit and to share their good work with the public. The doors of the Royal Palace will be open for escorted tours for all who wish to visit this historic building, observe the legacy left by our Ali‘i and honor the heritage of Hawai‘i’s Native people. In the evening, “Mai Poina”, the guided walking tours illustrating the events leading up to and during the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom will be available free of charge to the public. Costumed guides and role players will tell the story of this pivotal episode in the history of the Hawaiian islands.
Besides the Mai Poina walking tours and the Ku’e Petition Play, we’re especially excited about Walter Kawaiae’a’s workshop on the Queen’s songs and the exhibit of stamps, money and coins of the Hawaiian Kingdom by Dr. Baron Ching.
Mervina Cash-Kaeo, member of the Hawai’i Pono’i Coalition is coordinating participation of all exhibitors. If you have any questions, please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be off-island beginning this Thursday through August 1st.
The day promises to be filled with wonderful experiences. We look forward to your participation this year.
For information, other organizations invited:
- Royal Order of Kamehameha I
- ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu
- Hale O Na Ali‘i
- Mamakakaua (Daughters & Sons of Hawaiian Warriors)
- King William Charles Lunalilo Trust
- Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center
- Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation
- Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
- Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
- ‘Ilio‘ulaokalani Coalition
- Hawaiian Society of Law & Politics
- Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance
- The Hawaiian Kingdom
- ‘Aha Hawai‘i ‘Oiwi
- Bishop Museum
- Friends of ‘Iolani Palace
- Queen Emma Summer Palace
- King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
- Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists
- Hawaii Canoe Racing Association
- Polynesian Voyaging Society
- Hula Preservation Society
- Nā hālau hula
- Native Hawaiian Education Council
- UH Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
- UH Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
- UH Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language
- Kamehameha Schools
- ‘Aha Punana Leo
- 14 Public Charter Schools
- Papa Ola Lōkahi
- Wai’anae Comprehensive Health Center
- UH Dept of Native Hawaiian Health
- ‘Ahahui o Nā Kauka
- Queen’s Medical Center
- ALU LIKE
- Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
- Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce
- Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation
- Native Hawaiian Bar Association
- University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law
- Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association
- Hui Mālama I Nā Kupuna O Hawai‘i Nei
- ‘Ahahui Malama I Ka Lōkahi
- Ka‘ala Farms
- Ma‘o Farms
- ‘Aha Ki‘ole
- Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission
- Protect Kaho‘olawe