Thirty Years of Hawaiian Independence, 1873.

Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa published on November 22, 1873.

Aloha Nūhou Monday!

In celebration of Lā Kūʻokoʻa, we look back to the year 1873 and the festivities carried out on its 30th anniversary. Featured is a color image of the Hawaiian flag on what is commonly believed to be a poster or a broadside proclaiming the special day.

Image: “Ke Kulaia ana no ka La Kuokoa!” Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, November 22, 1873, p. 2.

There Will be Festivities

FOR LĀ KŪʻOKOʻA!

NOVEMBER 28, 1873.

WHEREAS IT WAS A REQUEST BY “KA ʻAHAHUI ʻŌPIOPIO O Hawaiʻi nei,” for outside assistance in carrying out the commemoration of the upcoming Independence Day of Hawaiʻi nei, November 28, 1873. This was met with feelings of appreciation among those assembled. Therefore, the ʻAhahui felt that it would be appropriate for them to announce to the public, the events of the day as well as the location where the great banquet will be held. Here below are the main events:

In the EVENING BEFORE THE 28TH, there will be a TORCHLIGHT procession upon the Streets of Honolulu nei, by the ʻAhahui ʻŌpiopio.

AT 11 A. M., the Hon. Z. P. POLI [Z. Poli] will give a speech on LĀ KŪʻOKOʻA, in Kawaiahaʻo Church.

There will be A GRAND BANQUET on LĀ KŪʻOKOʻA on the Grounds of POHUKAINA, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

N. B.—For remaining information, see the Flyers

J. U. KAWAINUI,
J. KAHAI,
A. KALAULI,          }Banquet Committee
J. KAKINA,
J. WAHINEAUA.

(Kuokoa, 11/22/1873, p. 2)

There Will be Festivities

FOR LĀ KŪʻOKOʻA!

NOVEMBER 28, 1873.

WHEREAS IT WAS A REQUEST BY “KA ʻAHAHUI ʻŌPIOPIO O Hawaiʻi nei,” for outside assistance in carrying out the commemoration of the upcoming Independence Day of Hawaiʻi nei, November 28, 1873. This was met with feelings of appreciation among those assembled. Therefore, the ʻAhahui felt that it would be appropriate for them to announce to the public, the events of the day as well as the location where the great banquet will be held. Here below are the main events:

In the EVENING BEFORE THE 28TH, there will be a TORCHLIGHT procession upon the Streets of Honolulu nei, by the ʻAhahui ʻŌpiopio.

AT 11 A. M., the Hon. Z. P. POLI [Z. Poli] will give a speech on LĀ KŪʻOKOʻA, in Kawaiahaʻo Church.

There will be A GRAND BANQUET on LĀ KŪʻOKOʻA on the Grounds of POHUKAINA, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

N. B.—For remaining information, see the Flyers

J. U. KAWAINUI,
J. KAHAI,
A. KALAULI, }Banquet Committee
J. KAKINA,
J. WAHINEAUA.

(Kuokoa, 11/22/1873, p. 2)

Image: This tiny ticket measuring 3½″ x 2⅛″ (8.7 cm x 5.4 cm) was printed in color by Black & Auld. It allowed entrance into the banquet commemorating Lā Kūʻokoʻa at Pohukaina. The text reads, “Independence Day of Hawaiʻi nei. Nov. 28, 1843. ‘Beautiful flag of Hawaiʻi, May it wave for all times.’ Nov. 18, 1873.” (MS Grp 70 Box 74.7.5.2)

Image: Invitation addressed to A. F. Judd Attorney Gen & Lady to the dinner on the 30th anniversary of the recognition of Hawaiian independence. There was also a Hawaiian language invitation sent to Hawaiians. (MS Grp 70, Box 59.5)

This post is part of He Aupuni Palapala: Preserving and Digitizing the Hawaiian Language Newspapers, a partnership between Bishop Museum and Awaiaulu with assistance from Kamehameha Schools. Mahalo nui loa to Hawaii Tourism Authority for their support. Learn more about this project here.

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