No kākou e nā pua e hoʻoulu ai
It is for us, the descendants, to grow
This year marks a significant year in Hawaiʻiʻs history. On February 16, 2018 Governor David Ige proclaimed 2018 as the “Year of the Hawaiian - Ke Au Hawai’i”.
With this designation we celebrate the vibrancy of Hawaiian culture, recognize pivotal events that altered the course of Hawaiʻi’s history, and honor the advancements made by Native Hawaiians that continue to enrich the lives of all people of Hawaiʻi.
125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom
by western businessmen and missionary descendants, who with the aid of the United States interfered with the continuation of Native Hawaiian sovereignty and Native Hawaiian self-determination over their ancestral lands.
100th anniversary of the first Hawaiian Civic Club
established by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole to promote good government, encourage the education of the Lāhui, and elevate the social, economic, civic and intellectual status of Native Hawaiians.
40th anniversary of the 1978 Hawai'i State Constitutional Convention
led to the creation of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the reaffirmation of the State's duty to protect traditional & customary Native Hawaiian rights, the designation of the Hawaiian Language as a co-official language of the state, and the establishment of the Hawaiian education program in public schools.
25th anniversary of the adoption of the Apology Resolution
through which the United States apologized for its role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and called for the reconciliation between the United States and the Native Hawaiian people.