The 12th Annual Onipa`a Celebration


The lawn of `Iolani Palace will be alive with culture and history as the Hawai`i Pono`i Coalition presents the 12th Annual `Onipa`a Celebration Sunday, September 2.

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: The day begins on Hawaii Tourism Authority’s ‘Aha Mele – Hawaiian Music Series stage with entertainment by The Royal Hawaiian Band and ends with Halau Ke Kia`i o Ka Lamaku.

A church service honoring the Queen begins at noon, followed by performances from Nā Hōkū Hanahano Award-winner Kuʻuipo Kumukahi as well as Kihei Nahale-a and Project Kuleana.

In the adjacent Kanaʻina Building at 1:00 p.m., the play “Ka Lei Maile Ali`i – The Queen’s Women” re-enacts a meeting in Hilo encouraging Hawaiian citizens to sign petitions against the annexation of Hawai`i to the United States.

Cultural demonstrations will take place all day long on the palace lawn, and admission to the `Iolani Palace will be offered free of charge.

4:00, 4:20, 4:40, and 5:00 p.m.: Mai Poina: The Overthrow, living history walking tours.

Costumed role-players will interpret the significant events and sites surrounding the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom through a dramatic narrative.

After the tour, attendees are welcome to join in a discussion about this pivotal episode in the history of our islands led by distinguished Native Hawaiian Humanities Scholars.

Space is limited and reservations are requested. 

Performances of the Mai Poina walking tours, co-sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Kamehameha Schools, will also be offered Sept. 3, 8, and 9 beginning at 4 p.m.

On the 9th chanting will conclude the 5 p.m. performance

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