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Nā Kupuna O Maui Hosts Kuʻe Petition Awareness Event

September 19, 2014, 8:30 AM HST
* Updated September 19, 10:41 AM
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Aunty Patty Nishiyama of Na Kupuna O Maui ia among the key supporters of the bill. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Aunty Patty Nishiyama of Na Kupuna O Maui. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

Nā Kupuna O Maui hosts an educational awareness event of the Kuʻe: The Hui Aloha ʻĀina Anti-Annexation Petition of September 30, 1897.

The event will feature kupuna under the Lahaina Banyan Tree from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Organizers say the immediate significance of the petition was, “to unite all kanaka maoli as descendants of the people who signed their names in solidarity 117 years ago to secure their continued existence as an independent nation.”

Nā Kupuna will honor ancestors who signed the petition and will have copies of the petition book available for viewing at an education table set up at the event.

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In addition to educational material, the event also features Hawaiian music, arts and crafts.

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