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Date: July 14, 2014
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Hawaiian flag
Hawaiian flag
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Four national parks on Hawai‘i Island will simultaneously celebrate the first national holiday in Hawai‘i, Lā ho‘iho‘i ea, or Hawaiian Flag Day, on Thursday, July 31. The event is free, but entrance fees apply at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park & Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.

Hawai‘i celebrated its first national holiday on July 31, 1843, when the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was restored by Great Britain. Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, proclaimed, “Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono,” the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. That famous proclamation is perpetuated today as the state motto. 

Join the unified celebration of Lā ho‘iho‘i ea on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park from 9 a.m. to noon. The ceremony at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be from 10 a.m. to noon. 

On July 26, 1990 then-Governor John Waihe‘e signed a proclamation making every July 31 Hawaiian Flag Day, and urged Hawai‘i citizens ‘to observe due respect for the flag and the proud tradition for which it stands.’ 

The Hawaiian Flag Day ceremony schedule at the Hawai‘i Island national parks is as follows:

9 a.m. Learn to make your own pū ‘ohe (bamboo trumpet) at the West Hawai‘i parks. 

10 a.m. Participate in presentations to learn the history of Lā ho‘iho‘i ea, Hawai‘i Pono‘ī, “Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono, and ‘aha‘āina, the first lū‘au. 

Noon Honor the 1816 flag of Kamehameha I.
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