Lā Kū‘oko‘a

Hawaiian Independence Day

November 28 is Lā Kūʻokoʻa – The Hawaiian Independence Day

On November 28, 1843 Great Britain issued a formal joint declaration with France guaranteeing Hawaiian independence. The United States pursued an independent policy with regards to Hawaii. In a treaty signed December 23, 1826, the United States formally recognized Hawaiian independence.

The Hawaiian independence holiday was first celebrated in 1844, to commemorate Great Britain’s and France’s acknowledgement of the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent nation.

Lā Kūʻokoʻa was celebrated throughout the Hawaiian Kingdom until the illegal overthrow of the monarchy in 1893, the celebrations were discontinued.

Today, with the resurgence of the Hawaiian culture, the music, the language, Lā Kūʻokoʻa is once again a significant celebration in restoring the Kanaka, the people, the aina, the land.