VIDEO: Maui Group Participates in Kingdom Bicentennial March
By Wendy Osher
More than 50 people traveled from Maui to Oahu to observe events surrounding the 200th year anniversary of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands under Kamehameha the Great.
Participants gathered at Thomas Square and continued to Iolani Palace, stopping at various points along the way to pray, light torches, and conduct protocol.
The event called for heightened efforts to reunite as people under one nation, embracing the accomplishments of Kamehamehaâ€™s success even after and despite of the events of the overthrow that occurred on January 17, 1893.
The event entitled Ho`okahi Lahui Hawai`i was organized in part by former Hana, Maui resident Henry Noa.Â During the event, Noa called for Hawaiians to gather together to reclaim what he said is rightfully theirs, unifying in one spirit.
Day two of the event fell on the 117th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.Â Ceremonies were held in front of Washington Place, at Queen Lili`uokalaniâ€™s statue, King Lunaliloâ€™s site at Kawaiahao Church, with final ho`okupu and ceremony at King Kamehamehaâ€™s statue.
Noa said the group is also planning a bicentennial event on Maui that is tentatively set for late April or early May.