Hundreds march to mark 126th anniversary of overthrow
Hundreds marched in solidarity Thursday to commemorate the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.
Hundreds marched in solidarity Thursday to commemorate the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. A massive procession marking the 126th anniversary began at the Royal Mausoleum in Nu'uanu and wrapped up at 'Iolani Palace.
Each year, participants honor Hawai'i's last queen who surrendered her kingdom in 1893 to prevent bloodshed of her people.
"Today is the day where we remember how important the legacy of our Queen Lilil'uokalani is, her love and her legacy. We as the Hawaiian people need to remain steadfast and vigilant. We need to remain bound by our aloha, our love and respect for one another and we need to honor and understand the truth of our history," cultural practitioner Hina Wong said.
Students from a number of schools performed traditional hula in front of the queen's statue. Dances were offered as gifts, thanking the queen for her courage and ability to pardon those that stripped her of her power.
"It’s the aloha that she had for them that she could find it in herself to forgive them," said Kade Yam-Lum.
The overthrow would lead to Hawaiians losing everything from land to language.
Today, participants say the fight for land continues but they are relieved more of Hawaii’s keiki can speak in their native tongue.