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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, 768-6622
Jesse Broder Van Dyke (Mayor Caldwell) 768-6928

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170th anniversary celebration at Thomas Square

Live coverage on ‘Olelo Channel 49

 Honolulu −  Tomorrow, the City and County of Honolulu will host a commemoration of the 170th anniversary of the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom at Thomas Square with performances, ceremonies, and speeches. 

 The commemoration will take place tomorrow, July 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Thomas Square Park at the corner of Beretania and Victoria Streets.  

 The keynote speaker will be Puakea Nogelmeier, PhD.  Former United States Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will offer remarks.  Oli Aloha & Pule will be delivered by Kumu Ainsley Halemanu.  Other participants include the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Daughters of Hawaii, the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club, and Halau Na Pualei O Likolehua.

 The event recognizes the significance Lâ Ho‘iho‘i Ea (Restoration Day) holds in Hawaiian history.  On July 31, 1843, at the park that would eventually bear his name, British Rear Admiral Richard Thomas read a declaration restoring sovereignty to the Hawaiian Kingdom, ending the five-month seizure of the Hawaiian Kingdom by Captain Lord George Paulet. 

 Following the restoration of sovereignty, King Kamehameha III uttered a phrase that was to become the motto of the State of Hawaii, Ua Mau ke Ea o ka Âina i ka Pono (The life of the land is restored in righteousness). 

 The event also celebrates the ongoing revitalization of Thomas Square Park.  This year city crews repaired the fountain at the center of the park, trimmed tree limbs to bring in more sunlight, planted new hedges, reseeded grass, and installed planter boxes full of hibiscus and plumbago.  Work continues, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell included $1 million in the current Fiscal Year budget for improvements to Thomas Square.  Among the long term goals is the restoration of the Union Jack symbol made of paths that crisscross the park. 

 “Its historical significance, location in the heart of urban Honolulu, and natural beauty make Thomas Square a truly special place,” said Mayor Caldwell.  “This 170th anniversary gives us an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of one of Honolulu’s crown jewels.”

 Admission is free.  The commemoration will be broadcast live on ‘Olelo Channel 49. 

 The event is organized by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts.