Onipaa! Join Us at Iolani Palace for a Celebration of Queen Liliuokalani’s 180th Birthday

By Hawaii.com Team

Onipaa. Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom.

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the state’s tourism agency, has partnered with the Hawai‘i Pono‘ī Coalition to include the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s ‘Aha Mele monthly Hawaiian Music series in this year’s 12th Annual ‘Onipa‘a Celebration on Sunday, September 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at ‘Iolani Palace. The free event will include live musical performances, hula, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, palace tours, ‘ono food and living history walks in celebration of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s birthday.

Music and Entertainment

Onipaa. Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom.

The event’s musical performances will begin with the historic Royal Hawaiian Band followed by appearances throughout the day by other legendary musicians including Nā Hōkū Hanahano Award-winner Kuʻuipo Kumukahi.

Historical Walking Tours and Other Special Events

Onipaa. Photo: Blaine Fergerstrom.

Admission to ‘Iolani Palace is free for this special one-day event. Guests are also invited to pre-register and take part in the Mai Poina: “The Overthrow Walking Tours” which reenact the days leading up to and including the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. For more information, please visit www.hawaiiponoi.info.

Events Schedule

‘Onipa‘a: 12th Annual Celebration

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: The day begins with entertainment by The Royal Hawaiian Band and Kihei Nahale-ā and Project Kuleana. A church service honoring the Queen begins at noon, followed by performances by Kuʻuipo Kumukahi and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders as well as Kawika Mersberg and Halau Ke Kia‘i o Ka Lamaku.

In the adjacent Kanaʻina Building at 1:00 p.m. “The Queen’s Women,” a one-act play, in the Kana‘ina Building, is a reenactment of a now famous meeting in Hilo in 1897 between Hui Aloha ‘Aina a Na Wahine (Women’s Hawaiian Patriotic League) and the maka‘āinana. The subject of that gathering was the Ku ‘e Petition against annexation of Hawai‘i to the United States signed by nearly every kānaka maoli living at the time. The petition has become one of the most powerful tools for independence dialogue in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, and is the one document all kānaka maoli can point to that represents the true unified voice of our people. Hosted by Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i Hawaiian Civic Club.

3:30 p.m.: Hālau Kū Māna performs mele written during this historic time in Hawaiian history. Carefully gathered from books, newspaper articles, and family collections, the mele encompass themes of adoration of the Queen, the unrest of the Hawaiian Nationals, and other common ideas surrounding the overthrow.

Mai Poina: “The Overthrow Walking Tours”
Living history walking tours retracing four pivotal days leading up to and including the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.
September 2, 3, 8, and 9, 2018
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. Please visit www.hawaiiponoi.info.

Click here for more information and a map to Iolani Palace.

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