Civic Clubs hold convention on Kaua‘i

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs will hold its week-long annual convention at the Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Hotel, beginning Sunday.

The Association is comprised of 56 clubs located throughout Hawai‘i, Alaska and the continental United States.

“Honoring our past is the foundation for our future” is the theme for the 49th annual convention.

Several convention and workshop speakers are from Kaua’i. The event is for association members, though some activities will be open to the public, including a special presentation of the “Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i — The Queen’s Women” at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton. The one-act play is a reenactment of a now famous meeting in Hilo for the Ku‘e Petition.

A legal political history of that time and its lasting impact will also be provided.

Keanu Sai, a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, will give a presentation on sovereignty and the term’s use and practice since the 19th century through today.

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is a confederation of 56 Hawaiian civic clubs. As the oldest community-based grassroots Hawaiian organization. AHCC was established in 1918 by the then non-voting delegate to the United States Congress, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole.

For more information, call 372-0630.

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