Mai Poina: The Annexation Debate

Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition Presents

Mai Poina:
The Annexation Debate

Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, at Aliʻiōlani Hale

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In 1898, Hawai‘i was annexed by the United States in a most unorthodox and deeply controversial manner. Citizens of both nations debated the issue then as well as today. Join us for an enlivening debate, ripped from the pages of Hawai‘i’s recent past.

February 22, 23, 24 & 25
March 1, 2, 3, 4

All performances begin at 7 p.m. except for the 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, February 25 and Sunday, March 4.


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Co-sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition and the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.

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Photos from ‘Onipa‘a 2017

Here is a link to the full gallery of photos from ‘Onipa‘a, Sept. 3, 2017 at ‘Iolani Palace. I have also included a few samples in this post, below.

Photos by Blaine Fergerstrom Sept.3, 2017

‘Onipa‘a 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017
‘Iolani Palace Grounds, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

12 Noon: Interfaith Service begins

3:30 p.m.: Tribute to Lili‘uokalani through hula and oli

Featuring the collaborative mural, “Aloha ‘Āina ”

Mai Poina: The Overthrow

Living history walking tours retracing four pivotal days leading up to and including the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.

September 3, 4, 9, and 10, 2017
Tours begin at 4:00 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.
(Meet at the ‘Ewa end of the Hawai‘i State Library)
Reservations required for Mai Poina. Visit us at

2017 Mai Poina Walking Tour

Mai Poina

September 3, 4, 9, and 10, 2017

Living history walking tours on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace retracing four pivotal days leading up to and including the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy

Tours at 4:00 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 4:40 p.m., & 5:00 p.m.
Meet in front of the Hawai‘i State Library
Reservations required: Sign-up at this link:

Special Features

Hula and oli will be performed from this historic period that express adoration of Queen Lili‘uokalani and the concerns and unrest aroused by the overthrow.
Performance on September 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Native Hawaiian scholars on hand at the end of each walking tour to answer questions and provide additional historical context.

Pacific Tongues performances of contemporary poems on Native Hawaiian issues, identity, the future.

Mai Poina: The Overthrow is a walking tour sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pono‘¯ı Coalition, a hui founded in 2007 to educate those who live in and visit Hawai‘i about its true history and the Native Hawaiian people. Sponsorship is also provided in part by the following organizations:

  • Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Coalition
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • ‘Iolani Palace
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • ‘Aha Mele