In this, the 125th year of US occupation in Hawaiʻi, Kalanihonua aims to support the growing awareness of Hawaiʻi’s true history and feature profound indigenous teachings from the landscape of lower Puna. Come join us as we learn from Kanaka Maoli and local scholars, educators, artists, activists and practitioners of Hawaiʻi culture.
The Lau Lama Cultural Illumination series is presented every Saturday. It is FREE and open to the public.
This event features "The Kūʻē Petitions" with Lynda Saffery, a presentation on the traveling installation sharing the truth of the anti-annexation petitions of 1897, almost completely unknown until their rediscovery in 1996. Proof that nearly all of Hawaiʻi’s citizens did not approve of an annexation by the United States, this petition was circulated by foot across the kingdom and was instrumental in ending initial U.S. Congressional efforts to annex Hawaiʻi in 1897. Today it stands as an enduring testament to Hawaiian self-determination.