2013 ‘Onipa‘a Events Announced

Sunday, September 1, 2013, ‘Iolani Palace

Welina mai nei kākou a pau;

Greetings to you all!

This is an invitation to you, your family and or organization to spend the day with us as we plan to honor Queen Liliʻuokalaniʻs 175th birthday, as a beloved leader of peace and justice.  This 7th annual commemoration-celebration will take place at ‘Iolani Palace on Sunday Sept. 1st, from 9:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the palace grounds, followed by a special ‘oli performance on the steps of ‘Iolani Palace at 3:15 p.m., and the famed Mai Poina Historic Walking Tours at 4:00,  4:20, 4:40; and 5:00 p.m.

The opportunity to appreciate Hawaiian culture, through prayer, song, music and dance along with educating the public on the true history of Hawaiʻi is important work that the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition has taken as its responsibility since our hui of organizations came together back in 2007.

Our intentions for this Sept. 1st celebration are to unite organizations and individuals participating in activities that will enrich and enlighten attendees about Native Hawaiian culture and history, depicting with accuracy – the life, times and contributions of Queen Liliʻuokalani and her legacy.

Pule begins our gathering with the receiving of hoʻokupu, offerings, with a performance to follow  by many halau who will gather to pay her tribute. An ecumenical service begins the program at noon, with a medley of songs by Nola Nahuluʻs choir along with short readings from Hawaiʻiʻs story by Hawaiʻiʻs Queen offered by the group, He Lei He Aloha.  Musical entertainment will follow featuring outstanding Hawaiian entertainers, with an additional re-enactment-play by the Ka Lei Maile Civic Club, along with  birthday cake for keiki, more music, food and entertainment throughout the day.  Educational activities will include a kuka kuka forum on Hawaiian Self-Governance and the one-act play, the Queen’s Women.   Many Hawaiian organizations will also exhibit information on their activities.

Hoʻokupu of oli will be presented at the close of the day on the steps of ‘Iolani Palace, to be followed by the popular Mai Poina, living history walking tours, back by popular demand!  Click here for online reservations or call 534-8880.

Please do come and join us for an exciting and relaxing day at the Iolani palace. Lots to see, experience and share – you are most welcome!

Nui ke aloha


The Hawaii Pono’i Coalition
(ALU LIKE, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Friends of ‘Iolani Palace,
Kamehameha Schools, Office of Hawaiian Affairs,
Native Hawaiian Bar Association;  Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, ‘Ilio‘ulaokalani,
UH Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies)