Lā Kūʻokoʻa at UHM

la kuokoa

For more pictures & videos of the event, check out NHSS on Instagram (@nhss) and search for the tag #lakuokoauhm

Aloha mai kākou e nā hoa aloha ʻāina.

In case you missed it, we celebrated a belated Lā Kūʻokoʻa (Hawaiʻian Independence Day) with the theme of “Songs of Resistance” on my show yesterday. Lā Kūʻokoʻa is the Hawaiʻian national holiday in which we remember that on November 28, 1843, Timoteo Haʻalilio mā succeeded in obtaining the signatures of the authorities of Great Britain and France on a treaty recognizing Hawaiʻi as a sovereign nation. Lā Kūʻokoʻa would continue to be a national holiday from 1844 until 1893 when the Provisional Government outlawed it. If none of this is sounding familiar to you, Noenoe Silva did a quick write up on the history of Lā Kūʻokoʻa here.

To this day,Lā Kūʻokoʻa continues to be commemorated and this year’s Lā Kūʻokoʻa celebration was organized by Native Hawaiʻian Student Services (NHSS) from 1-9pm. KTUH DJs proudly spun mele aloha ʻāina, songs of resistance, and reggae jams during the afternoon activities which included DIY t-shirt printing, an informational booth, and a Kūʻokoʻa Art Hive.

Dr. Keanu Sai came and gave a talk titled “Hawaiʻian Neutrality: From The Crimean Conflict Through The Spanish American War”.

Finally, the night ended with a concert at Mānoa Gardens featuring music by Kumu Jon Osorio and his daughter Jamaica, Pōkiʻi of ʻAipōhaku, and headliner Braddah Waltah.

While I was DJing, I watched my friends come together to put on an event that promoted ʻike, art, and music, to engage people in taking active roles in recognizing Hawaiʻi’s history. And from my DJ perch up on the Campus Center lānai, I was reminded that KTUH plays an active role in that movement as well.

KTUH has always, and will always, support and promote Hawaiʻian music and Hawaiʻian language programming on its airwaves. And by supporting and listening to shows like Kīpuka Leo or Kai Leo Nui, you help to support the efforts that kānaka Hawaiʻi are making every day to revive and reinvigorate the Hawaiʻian national pride that all kūpuna of this land stood for.

“O ke Aloha Aina, oia ka Ume Mageneti iloko o ka puuwai o ka Lahui, e kaohi ana i ka noho Kuokoa Lanakila ana o kona one hanau ponoi.” – Joseph K. Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, Ke Aloha Aina, 25 May 1895

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