125th anniversary marks overthrow
HONOLULU — A series of workshops will be held around Oahu over the next week to teach songs that will be sung at the Jan. 17 event observing the 125th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, according to a press release from the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
The ʻOnipaʻa Kakou observance will include protocol at Mauna Ala; a march from the Royal Mausoleum to the Kamehameha Statue at Aliʻiolani Hale; the raising of the Hawaiian flag at ʻIolani Palace; and ceremonial offerings at the statue of Queen Liliʻuokalani.
The anniversary of the overthrow coincides with the opening of the 2018 legislative session, and will include speeches from Native Hawaiian leaders at the Capitol Rotunda.
Kumu Hina Wong will lead the I Mana Ka Lahui Mele Workshops, which are being hosted by OHA and are free and open to the public. The workshops will review the ʻOnipaʻa Kakou songs, explain how to sing them and discuss their kaona, or hidden meanings.