Free educational event slated in celebration of La Ku‘oko‘a

‘Aha Kanaka Moku o Keawe is hosting a free and public educational seminar in celebration of La Ku‘oko‘a, the Hawaiian Kingdom Independence Day.

La Ku‘oko‘a is the official day the Hawaiian Kingdom became the first non-European country to ever have official recognition as a sovereign independent nation by Britain and France. Scholars from around the island will speak about diverse topics surrounding Hawaii’s past and current status as a nation-state.

Speakers will include Keanu Sai, professor Donovan Preza, professor Kaleikoa Kaeo, kumu Keali‘i Akina, Kaui Sai-Dudoit, Kale Gumapac, and Halealoha Ayau.

The seminar is slated for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, the weekend of La Ku‘oko‘a, in Keawe Dining Hall at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii in Keaau.

Lunch will be available for purchase. Those interested in attending can pre-register at