Hawai’i Sovereignty Restoration Day Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea

Sovereignty Restoration Day (Hawaiian: Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea) is a national holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom celebrated every July 31 and still commemorated by Native Hawaiians and Hawai’i residents of today.

The holiday honors the restoration of sovereignty to the Hawaiian Kingdom by British Rear-Admiral Richard Darton Thomas and King Kamehameha III following the occupation of Hawaiʻi by Great Britain during the 1843 Paulet Affair.

King Kamehameha III uttered the phrase: Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono!

Kamehameha V deemed the holiday inappropriate & officially dropped the national holiday in 1870 because his British foreign advisors were offended and ashamed. It was replaced with Kamehameha Day, June 11.

Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea is the very first holiday established & celebrated by the Kingdom of Hawai’i.

Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea observance was revived in 1985 by Uncle Kekuni Blaisdell and other kānaka aloha ʻāina as a way to give voice to Hawaiian independence and to issues surrounding the return of Hawaiian lands.


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