Hawaiian History Month launches with a virtual celebration of the birthday of Queen Lili‘uokalani and will continue with online educational, dance and musical events throughout September.
September – Hawaiian History Month – will launch with the celebration of Queen Liliʻuokalani’s 182nd birthday. The Queen’s birthday, traditionally hosted as a one-day event at ‘Iolani Palace, will be celebrated virtually this year.
Hawaiian History Month will continue with a weekly digital media series featuring online ‘Iolani palace tours, educational panel discussions, music and dance. The series is free and open to those with web access. The online festivities are being presented by the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition, a consortium of Native Hawaiian-serving organizations including Kamehameha Schools.
Queen Liliʻuokalani was the sister of King Kalākaua and the hānai sister of KS founder Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Although her reign was cut short in 1893 by the overthrow of the Hawaiian government, she remains an enduring symbol of hope for her people.
Following are the weekly themes for this year’s celebration:
Week of Sept. 2 - Hauʻoli Lā Hānau e Liliʻuokalani!
Week of Sept. 9 - Haʻi Moʻolelo: From Page to Stage
Week of Sept. 16 - Hoʻōla
Week of Sept. 23 - Mele Lāhui
Week of Sept. 30 - Aloha ʻĀina: From Voice to Action
All Hawaiian History Month events will be hosted on Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition’s Facebook page with a coinciding stream on their web page via YouTube. For additional information on the series as well as the legacy of Liliʻu visit the consortium’s web page and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
The Mai Poina Walking Tour, a live reenactment of the events leading up to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, goes virtual this year as part of a five-week digital media series honoring Queen Liliʻuokalani.