On Jan. 17, 1893, the government of the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown.
Hawaii’s last reigning monarch protested the overthrow, but Queen Liliuokalani yielded her authority in hopes to avoid bloodshed and spare her people. She did release a statement saying she expected the United States to reinstate her as the rightful Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.
That never happened.
In commemoration of the 124th anniversary of the overthrow, the Royal Order of Kamehameha I is holding a rally at the King Kamehameha statue off King Street across from Iolani Palace.
The Order is a knighthood established by Kamehameha V to promote and defend the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Hookupu and ritual protocol will be presented by the men of Ka Leo O Laka l Ka Hikina O Ka La, who won overall at the 2014 Merrie Monarch.
Members from all statewide chapters of the Order will be present for a proclamation and statement to the community regarding the recent Interior Department rule on Native Hawaiian nation-building efforts.
Over the decades, the Order has maintained its position that the Kingdom of Hawaii still exists — although the government does not — and it has expressed its commitment to work towards someday restoring a rightful government to the Hawaiian people. Order members say this does not mean kicking everyone out of Hawaii or even seceding from the United States, but it does mean that the re-established government would be the inheritors of all lands presently held in trust as “ceded lands.”
On the 100th anniversary in 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law the “Apology Resolution” passed by Congress, which apologizes to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the United States for its involvement in the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. It was the first formal recognition by the United States government of the Native Hawaiian monarchy’s dissolution.
The Royal Order of Kamehameha I says Tuesday’s rally, which starts at 10 a.m., is open to everyone.