past events 2017

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Left: To view the live-stream videos in two parts for "A King's Noble Vision," Click below to be re-directed to Lynette Cruz's Facebook videos:



Left: When visiting this sacred and historic site, please approach with reverence and conduct yourselves accordingly and avoid making any contact with the physical features thereabouts.
Totally interesting presentation tonight at the Kanaina Building on the palace grounds. Mahalo to Martha H Noyes for sharing fascinating alignments between the things in heaven and the things on earth from the perspective of the middle, and in this case the middle is Kukaniloko. Ancient peoples had it down! So proud that our ancestors figured it out long before the "scientists" came along, and our kupuna had the foresight to name those places that corresponded with the outcomes of their observations and measurements. Akamai, indeed! Wahiawa Hawaiian Civic Club was in da house! Great to see Tom Lenchanko and Jo-Lin Lenchanko Kalimapau, as well as Anela Benson, Leilani Lindsey Kaapuni, Reni Aiai Bello, Ben Shafer, and so many others. It was a full house. And we had choke food donations, too. Mahalo to everyone for their generosity! Awesome evening. I'll be thinking about it while we're in Makua on Saturday. ~Lynette Cruz


Left: Panel discussion at the Kanaina Building went very well tonight. Mahalo to Kippen Chu, Noelani Ah Yuen, Baron Ching, and Keanu Sai. Enthusiastic crowd. Lots of questions. Knowledgeable presenters. Awesome brief history of La Hoihoi Ea by Baron Ching following the flag raising. Good food. And the best thing -- new information! — with Steven Robello, Doreene Kealohanui, Justin Oda, Patrice Petrich, Kara Mel Lingo,

Dee Texidor, Blaise K. Bissen, Corey Asano and Emanuela Borgnino.

~Lynette Cruz

To read the accounts from the eyes of the then Princess Liliʻuokalani, who would later become our last reigning monarch, of her journey with her sister-in-law Queen Consort Kapiʻolani to Queen Victoria's Jubilee, please read the biography:



Above: Excellent presentation by Dr. Lorenz Gonschor at the Kanaʻina Building on the palace grounds. Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Honolulu sponsored this talk (5th in the series), along with The Kūʻē Petition Continues, Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi, and Hui Kūlike Kākou. Mahalo to the PUʻA Foundation for their support, as well. Lorenz's presentation was excellent! King Kalākaua was a forward-thinking man, as well as thoughtful and caring. And did I mention smart? A man ahead of his time. No wonder the missionary gang wanted him out. I live streamed but it came out sideways. Oops! Now I know better. But at least we have a record of this talk. .

̴   Lynette Cruz, Phd.

Above: In March nā kūpuna o Kū'ē Petitions visited Renton, Washington for a slack key festival sponsored by Manuiki Foundation. Although the vendor space was limited our kūpuna made their connections. Descendants and supporters signed in support of those courageous subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Again there were tears, joy and pride as well as sorrow and disdain for the events that took place in the 1890's. I had to include the feather work of craftsman Noeʻau as well as his menehune. ~ Noeleen Caldeira

Above: Nā Kūpuna o Kūʻē Petitions joined the Pacific Ohana Foundations Kanikapila in Tacoma, Washington. There was ʻono kaukau, melodious mele and hula as well as an assortment of vendors. I gave a small stage presentation of the historical facts surrounding the overthrow of our Queen and Country. One gentleman who had been at the slack key festival the week before came to sign as a supporter and told me he was sorry that only his wife got to sign at that time, but he remembered where we would be and made a special trip so that he could sign in support. The biggest moment happened just after I spoke when a kāne came up to the table and started to look for his kupuna. I asked if I could help and he gave me the name of the kupuna he was looking for but also that the family had changed their name at some point in time. It turns out I knew the first name he had mentioned because it is the same ohana as my kuʻu hoa. We looked for both names and he decided to sign under the second name because that is the surname his ʻohana carries. He went to get his grown children and wife and was excited to share with them. When I went back to the page where his kupuna had signed, I could not see that name but saw the other name on the page which happened to be on the very next line to show his ʻohana. We both choked up and started crying. His wahine, keiki and moʻopuna all signed. It was a most rewarding moment for me.

~ Noeleen Caldeira

Above: It was a fun day.  We  were busy throughout the whole day.  Carol Kamikona, Kali Costa , Joyclyn Costa and I manned the Kūʻē Petition Continues tent and tables .  Thank you to Kiʻi, Pohaku and the Pūnana Leo organizers for inviting us.

~ Clare apana

Above: It was a beautiful sunshine filled day in Puyallup, Washington.  Mokuʻaina A Wakinekona Hawaiian Civic Club's 8th. Annual event brought many kanaka maoli together to enjoy music, dance, culture, kukakuka, wala'au, tradition, meaʻai, and aloha.  There were hundreds of people in attendance and you could feel the pride each has of our Hawaiʻi, Lā Hui and Kūpuna.  Nā Kūpuna o Kūʻē Petitions were working hard to bring their own back to them.  We had a young wahine come to look for her kūpuna who had to go and get her grandmother to help.  

One woman cried, another literally had chicken skin.  An older gentleman approached the table and somehow I knew his face and had to honi him.  When I asked the name of his kupuna I nearly fell to the floor.  Turns out his great grandmother is the sister of my great-great-grandmother and grandfather (nīʻaupiʻo mating) that I have been trying to contact.  We exchanged names of our kūpuna and he was so happy to hear the names his great grandmother had shared with him when she was 

training him to be the keeper of their mo'o kūʻauhau.  Educated a number of people about our true Hawaiian history and the politically active kanaka and their role in the late 1800's.  Even got invited to a few upcoming events.  It was exactly as I had hoped and waited for.  So glad I cut my California trip short to attend.

~ Noeleen Caldeira

Above: BRIDGE OF ALOHA: It was a sun shiny warm day in the Pacific Northwest.  Na Kūpuna o Kū'ʻē Petitions travelled to Ferndale, WA near the Canadian border.  Members of the Lummi Indian Tribe performed a welcoming for us.  They also shared that many of their tribe had Hawaiian ancestors who came to the Pacific Northwest in the early 1800's. There were many Kanaka Maoli whose ancestors migrated to Washington and Canada in attendance as well as students from Western Washington College.Many of those who stopped by had not heard of the Kūʻē Petitions and did not know the facts leading to the petition, let alone the impact the petition had on history.  In addition most were unsure of the ancestors they were looking for in the petitions.  I gave them our postcard and my contact info and offered to help when they get back to us.  Secured signatures of both descendants and supporters. The food was ono, the mele was nahenahe and the Aloha filled the room.  

~Noeleen Caldeira

Above: Full house last night for Keanu Sai's presentation on Unjust War with the United States. Or maybe better to say the United States' unjust war on Hawaii. A lot to take in. Good thing I live streamed so can everyone who could not be present could review it later. Probably everyone will have to review later, lol. Cleveland laid it out and no one paid attention (blame it on indoctrination in the U.S. public school system as it played out in Hawaii). But it's on record. Awesome! Mahalo to Keanu for giving us his time. Mahalo to the folks who flew in from Hawaii island and the 'states' to hear him (trying to figure out if I should say 'continent' or 'America' or some other term without offending the other countries on the American continent, lol, but never 'the mainland'). We were happy to have you. Attentive audience, good questions, lots of onolicious food. Mahalo to everybody who came out and brought refreshments, and all the helpers who regularly set up and break down. This was the 7th presentation. Next one is July 14 with Donovan Preza (still waiting on title of presentation). August 25 is Colette Higgins on Queen Kapiolani's travels. Join us for this free series. Flyers will be posted a couple weeks in advance of each presentation. Mahalo to Steven Robello for leading Hui Aloha Aina o Honolulu in promoting these educational events. Btw, Keanu is standing in front of two poster boards that share HAA's object/mission and Code of Ethics. If these appeal to any of you, you should consider joining the organization. ~ Lynette Cruz

Above: Colette Higgins did a fine presentation on Queen Kapiʻolani at the Kanaʻina Building on the Palace grounds! I'm encouraging all Facebook peeps interested in hearing about our awesome Queen to invite Colette to do a presentation. Made me proud to know that this wonderful Hawaiian monarch truly represented the lāhui in her travels abroad as a woman full of grace, a lover of children, intelligent and curious, and kanaka. She felt, to me, based on written evidence and photos that Colette shared, like the mother of the country, our country, which she was. Mahalo, Colette, for sharing her with us. Mahalo, too, to all you awesome folks who brought ʻono grinds. Half of us stayed until 10:30 just eating and talking. Kiana Marshall brought great salads and dips and made plates of food for the houseless. Mahalo to Kaukaohu Wahilani, Kapua Keliikoa-Kamai and Ohana, Clare Apana, John and Michelle Anelalani Sakurai, Christopher Sorrell, Patrice Petrich, and all the others who brought food to share. Don't know who brought what, but with the noodles and meatballs and all the other stuff, we really had a huge meal! Big mahalo for the thoughtfulness! Kiana's orange and onion salad was da bomb! Never ate anything like that before! The folks who show up for these presentations are wonderful and much appreciated by our speakers and our sponsors: Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Honolulu, Kūʻē Petition Continues, Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi.

~Lynette Cruz

Follow in the footsteps of Queen Kapiʻolani & Princess Liliʻuokalani as Colette Higgins retraced the same route taken when the Royal Party travelled to Europe of the The Queens Jubilee. For more information on Colette Higgins’ sabbatical journey in 2016 . . . CLICK HERE

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