Today we celebrate our nation’s independence with parades, festivals, picnics, family fun, barbecues, and—of course—fireworks!
The same kind of celebration happens in Hawaii. In 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state in our union and all America celebrates this holiday.
But what about Hawaii’s Independence Day? It’s called La Ku’oko’a and is an observance of November 28, 1843 when a treaty was signed by France and Great Britain, recognizing Hawaii as a sovereign nation. During this time they also came to an agreement with the United States.
King Kamehameha III sent several delegates on this mission. Sir George Simpson traveled to England while Mr. Timoteo Ha’alilio and Mr. William Richards traveled to the United States.
I’ll remind everyone about this significant date when November rolls around this year. In the meantime, enjoy your July Fourth celebrations and if you’d like to read more on the history of La Ku’oko’a, please check out this site:
And here’s a little fireworks video from my visit to Disney World while in Orlando for the Romance Writers of America conference last July 2010.
Mahalo for visiting!