King Kalakaua Day

Amends Hawaii Revised Statutes to create King Kalakaua Day.

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 1      SECTION 1.  One of the great figures of Hawaiian history,
 2 King Kalakaua, has gone largely unrecognized despite his many
 3 accomplishments and contributions to the people of Hawaii.  King
 4 Kalakaua was an innovator who, in addition to creating the
 5 department of education, invented a modern day submarine forty-
 6 five years before it was first used in World War I, and invented
 7 a telescopic range finder.
 8      King Kalakaua was also an author and patron of the arts.  In
 9 addition to writing the kingdom's hymn, "Hawai'i Pono'i", which
10 is now the state song, and a book, "Legends and Myths of Hawaii",
11 the King also lifted the ban of dancing the hula, encouraging
12 Hawaiians to take pride in their cultural heritage.
13      King Kalakaua was the first reigning monarch to travel
14 around the world, strengthening relations, both diplomatic and
15 personal, with countries and rulers in Asia, Africa, Europe, and
16 the United States.
17      Upon meeting Thomas Alva Edison, King Kalakaua was
18 instrumental in obtaining electrical lights for Honolulu, years
19 before electric lights were installed at the White House in
20 Washington, D.C.
21      King Kalakaua also directed the planning of 'Iolani palace,
22 which today remains the only royal palace in the United States.
23      The purpose of this Act is to designate a day as "King
24 Kalakaua Day" in remembrance of the diplomat, innovator, and
25 patron of the arts and his contributions to the people of Hawaii,
26 which are still appreciated today.
27      SECTION 2.  Chapter 8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended 
28 by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to
29 read as follows:
30      "8-    King Kalakaua Day.  November 16, of each year shall
31 be known and designated "King Kalakaua Day", in recognition of
32 the contributions and accomplishments of King Kalakaua; provided
33 that this day is not and shall not be construed to be a state
34 holiday."
35      SECTION 3.  New statutory material is underscored.
36      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.