The national celebration of La Hoʻihoʻi Ea was established in 1843 under Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, after a temporary occupation by rogue agents of the British Crown. Effective control of the government had been seized and all Hawaiian flags were lowered and burned by order of British Lord George Paulette. Months later, Queen Victoria sent Admiral Richard Thomas to Hawaiʻi to remove Paulette and correct this unwarranted transgression against the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Eia Hawai‘i is a chant whose origins lie in the 12th century voyage of the chief Mō‘īkeha from Kahiki to Hawai‘i. When Mō‘īkeha’s canoe first approaches land, his foster son and navigator, Kamahualele, urges his ali‘i to settle here by chanting “Eia Hawai‘i, a he moku, a he kanaka - Here is Hawai‘i, an island, a man.” According to Abraham Fornander, this mele was delivered from the pola or crossboards of the royal double-hulled canoe just offshore of Hilo.
Papahana Kuaola is a non-profit organization located in Waipao, Heʻeia, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. The property covers an area of 63 acres reaching from the right side of Haʻikū valley floor, up the north side of the valley wall and extending slightly into the next valley of ʻIolekaʻa.
The words were written in 1874 by King David Kalākaua with music composed by Henri Berger, then the king's royal bandmaster. "Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī" was one of the national anthems of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and also was the National Anthem of the Republic of Hawaiʻi.
Adorned in the colors and flora of the islands, the regal pā‘ū riders are the highlight of every parade. Led by a princess outfitted in a long-flowing pāʻū, each of the mounted equestrian units represents one of eight Hawaiian islands.
Kamehameha is perhaps Hawaiʻi’s best-known king, famous for unifying the islands which were once each under separate rule. His efforts in the late 1700s and early 1800s prepared Hawaiʻi for the future in a rapidly changing world, while setting a standard for leadership guided by the well-being of his people.
Situated in Central Maui, Waikapū is the first land division, or ahupuaʻa, in what’s known as Nā Wai ‘Ehā—“The Four Waters” of Wailuku, Waiheʻe, Waiehu, and Waikapū. The name of the town—which translates to “Waters of the Conch” — stems from its fresh water streams and the story at its crux...
The original name of the Salt Lake area is Āliapa‘akai (salt pond or salt-encrusted). The name referred to the salt-loaded soil around the water, which produced white, crystallized blocks along the shore and at the lake bottom.
For centuries, the land beneath the Royal Hawaiian Center and Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikīkī, Helumoa, has been an important place to Hawaiians. It was the stage where royal courts ruled, the supernatural appeared, an invading army landed, and royalty lived and relaxed...