Date Chartered by AHCC: November 12, 2003
Club Pua: Purple Crown Pua
Waiho‘olu‘u: Lavender & White
Mele: He Mele Lahui Hawai‘i
Club Makia: Onipa‘a - Steadfast
Pelekikena: Lynette Cruz
Hope Pelekikena 'Ekahi: Casina Waterman
Kākau Mo`olelo: Emily Kandagawa
Pu`uku: Henry Curtis
by Lynette Hi'ilani Cruz
The club’s principle activities continue to be the re-enactment/drama titled Ka Lei Maile Ali‘i: The Queen’s Women and the Ku‘e Petition Project, a display of names of those who signed the petitions protesting annexation of Hawai‘i to the United States.
The re-enactment brings to life a gathering at the Salvation Army Hall in Hilo in 1897. Information about this event was taken from an article in the San Francisco Call newspaper titled, Strangling Hands Upon a Nation’s Throat. The drama recounts a meeting between members of the Hui Aloha ‘Aina o Nawahine (women’s branch of the Hawaiian Patriotic League) and the maka‘ainana. Mrs. Emma ‘A'ima Nawahi and Mrs. Abigail Ku‘aihelani Campbell, members of the Hui, and acting on behalf of Queen Lili‘uokalani, appealed to the people to support the Queen in resisting annexation of Hawai‘i to the U.S. Because of the success of the Hui in gathering more than 21,000 signatures overall, the Treaty of Annexation proposed before the U.S. Congress to bring Hawai'i into the U.S. union failed.
The club continues to present this drama several times each year, most notably to remember and honor our Queen Lili‘uokalani on her birthday, Sept. 2, as well as the women and men who supported her during the overthrow and so-called annexation of Hawai‘i to the U.S. in 1898, by performing the re-enactment at the Kana‘ina Building on ‘Iolani Palace grounds.
In addition to the drama, the club, since 2009, has expanded our educational program to include a display of names of those who signed the Ku‘e Petition in 1897. Individual names have been transcribed to white placards, 6” x 24”, and laid out much like headstones in a cemetery to honor our kupuna who signed in support of Queen and country. The name signs have been displayed at ‘Iolani Palace, Thomas Square, and around the statue of William McKinley at McKinley High School in downtown Honolulu. Each of those sites carries significance in Hawai‘i’s political history. In 2012, the signs will be on display at the National Mall in Washington DC.
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