December 24, 2022
In 1843, Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Sovereignty Restoration Day) and Lā Kuʻokoʻa (Independence Day) were proclaimed National Holidays of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Although Christmas Day was celebrated in Hawaii by sailors, traders, settlers and other foreigners; and although the Hawaiian Kingdom, by the 1840s, had experienced two decades of mass conversion to Christianity and gained recognition as a sovereign Christian nation by the sovereign powers of the world, it was not until 1862 that “Christmas Day” joined Lā Hoʻihoʻi and Lā Kuʻokoʻa as an official national holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Not only was the Hawaiian Kingdom a Christian nation, the Hawaiian Kingdom was a profoundly Christain nation, unlike their European/American counterparts that professed to be Christian yet practiced evil colonial prejudices of racial superiority, imperialism and greed.
Compare the founding documents of America and Hawaii. The American Declaration of Independence says “All Men are created equal... that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights...”, a great and often quoted ideal of legal rights ostensibly based on Bibical principle.
But looking back at the history of the United Statesʻ treatment of native Americans — genocide, theft and pillaging of their lands; the scourge of humdreds of years of slavery and continuing racial discrimination against Latinos, Asians and other minorities — it is obvious the American founding fathers and their descendants did not really mean “all men should be treated equally.”
On the other hand, the 1839 Hawaiian Kingdom Declaration of Rights issued by King Kamehameha III says, “God hath made all men of one blood...” This indicates we are not simply equal, we are all related! That we have the same “rights” because we share the same blood. It does not simply mean we are human beings, but because we are related, we are family... we are ʻohana! This means we take care of each other and treat each other... with aloha. This is the fundamental difference between the Hawaiian world view and the American/ Colonizer world view.
Following the Hawaiian Declaration of Rights, King Kamehameha III enacted a Constitution for the Hawaiian Islands, balancing Biblical truths and democratic principles of liberty, along with Hawaiian values of aloha ʻāina, mālama pono and such, as the basis for the governance of the Hawaiian Islands. As such, the return of the Hawaiian Kingdom would mean the return of a nation that operates with aloha for all.
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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