THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

47

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2014

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

RECOGNIZING JANUARY 17 OF EVERY YEAR AS HOOKUIKAHI DAY, OR RECONCILIATION DAY, IN HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE OF THE JUSTICE, RECONCILIATION, AND NONVIOLENCE OF QUEEN LILIUOKALANI.

 

 


WHEREAS, on January 17, 1993, the people of Hawaii commemorated the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom; and

 

WHEREAS, the United Church of Christ officially and publicly apologized to Na Kanaka Maoli at Iolani Palace and Kaumakapili Church on January 17, 1993; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1993, United States President Bill Clinton signed into law Public Law 103-150, as an apology to Native Hawaiians; and

 

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Ecumenical Coalition and the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center have commemorated January 17 as Hookuikahi Day every year since 1993, in partnership and collaboration with historic churches such as Kawaiahao Church, Central Union Church, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Kaumakapili Church, St. Augustine's Church, and community groups and organizations including the Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii, the Forgiveness Project, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and

 

WHEREAS, lasting reconciliation requires an ongoing and continuous commitment by all parties to recognize past and ongoing harms; accept responsibility as appropriate for wrongdoing; reconstruct relationships, institutions, and systems of power distribution; and determine appropriate reparatory justice measures in a peaceful, transparent, and open manner; and

 

WHEREAS, Queen Liliuokalani, through various forms of nonviolent and peaceful resistance, continuously sought to achieve peaceful reconciliation for the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom through the restoration of her country and the return of its lands and sovereignty; and

 

WHEREAS, the State should remind itself and the people of Hawaii of the steps taken toward the fulfillment of Queen Liliuokalani's vision of peaceful reconciliation, and of the need for ongoing work to realize such a vision; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, the House of Representatives concurring, that January 17 of every year be recognized as Hookuikahi Day, or Reconciliation Day, in honor and remembrance of the justice, reconciliation, and nonviolence of Queen Liliuokalani; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor.

Report Title:

Hookuikahi Reconciliation Day