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Historical Society celebrates Hawaii Independence Day

Ronald Williams Jr., Ph.D., will provide an illustrated research presentation titled “Hau‘oli La Ku‘oko‘a: He Mo‘oku‘auhau o Ka Leo o ka Lahui” (Happy Independence Day: A Genealogy of National Voice).

The Maui Historical Society, Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House, invites the public to join in a free celebration of La Ku’oko’a at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Ronald Williams Jr., Ph.D., will provide an illustrated research presentation titled “Hau’oli La Ku’oko’a: He Mo’oku’auhau o Ka Leo o ka Lahui” (Happy Independence Day: A Genealogy of National Voice).

According to Noenoe K. Silva, La Ku’oko’a — Hawaii’s Independence Day — was officially celebrated around the same time as Thanksgiving from about 1844 until 1895, and for some years afterward unofficially. La Ku’oko’a marks the day, Nov. 28, 1843, that the Ali’i Timoteo Ha’alilio succeeded in obtaining the signatures of the authorities of Great Britain and France on a treaty recognizing Hawaii as a sovereign nation.

Portrait artist Avi Molinas will be unveiling his newest work, “Hui Aloha ‘Aina,” at the event as well.

For further information, call Hale Ho’ike’ike at the Bailey House at (808) 244-3326 or email sandy@mauihistoricalsociety.org.