Novemaba 28: Lā Kūʻokoʻa (Hale Waihona Palapala Kahiko ʻo Hawaiʻi Mokuʻāina)

November 28, 2018: Independence Day (Hawaiʻi State Archives)

Promotional flyer posted in Hawaiʻi State Archives news, Nov. 13, 2018.

The Department of Accounting and General Services posted the following important announcement regarding Lā Kūʻokoa:

On November 28, 2018, the Hawaiʻi State Archives, a division of the Department of Accounting and General Services, in lieu of normal business hours, will be open to the public from 1:00-3:00pm at the Kekāuluohi Building on the ʻIolani Palace Grounds. As part of the “Year of the Hawaiian”, this exhibition of original documents and artifacts is themed Celebrating the diplomatic history of the Hawaiian Kingdom in recognition of the 175th Anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-French Declaration on November 28, 1843. This declaration acknowledged the Hawaiian Kingdom as a diplomatic equal to the world powers of the time with a “government capable of providing for the regularity of its relations with foreign nations.” With this recognition foreign relations blossomed, international treaties were signed, and over 110 Hawaiian Kingdom consulates were opened around the world.

Highlights of the original records and artifacts that will be on display include:

  • The Journal of Diplomatic Mission to Europe, 1842-44, that resulted in the Anglo-French Declaration of 1843
  • Hawaiʻi’s copy of the Anglo-French Declaration
  • Proclamation of Neutrality, 1854 by the Hawaiian Kingdom regarding the ongoing Crimean War that laid the foundation for the development of international laws on state neutrality
  • Original documents showcasing how the event, Lā Kūʻokoʻa, was celebrated throughout various years
  • International Treaties signed with Great Britain, Japan and Italy
  • Original Diplomatic Seals from the Hawaiian Kingdom consulates aboard
  • Correspondence between the Hawaiian Ministers’ of Foreign Affairs and the Hawaiian Kingdom consulates

Schedule of events:

11:45am-12:45pm Lecture on Timoteo Haʻalilio in Kanaʻina Building, one of three Hawaiian Kingdom delegates who negotiated with European powers to achieve this historic recognition.
12:45pm-1:00pm Walk to Pohukaina to pay our respects
1:00pm-3:00pm Hawaiʻi State Archives Open House