H.R. NO.













honoring king kamehameha the great and his descendants by sharing his story with a global audience, promoting ceremonies and activities that celebrate his vision and hawaii's culture and heritage, and urging all of the people of hawaii to do the same.




     WHEREAS, King Kamehameha the Great established his legacy by uniting the eight major islands of the Hawaiian archipelago under a single government by the year 1810; and


WHEREAS, appropriately known as the Napoleon of the Pacific for his courage and leadership, King Kamehameha the Great also displayed a rare humanity in battle and is credited for developing an early model for human rights policies on civilians and noncombatants; and


WHEREAS, this early humanitarian law called Ke Kanawai Mamalahoe, or "the Law of the Splintered Paddle," is preserved in Hawaii's constitution and serves as a unique and living symbol of the State's concern for public safety; and


WHEREAS, in recognizing and honoring King Kamehameha Day, and celebrating the history and heritage of the Aloha State, the Hawaiian narrative is noted as one of both profound triumph and, sadly, deep injustice; and


WHEREAS, the story of Hawaiians oppressed by crippling disease, aborted treaties, and the eventual conquest of their sovereign kingdom, is filled with numerous accounts of feats of strength, unity, courage, and love; and


WHEREAS, the stories of this oppression are grim milestones that serve as a reminder of an unjust time in history, as well as the many pitfalls in the Hawaiian nation's long and difficult journey to perfect itself; and

WHEREAS, through the peaks and valleys of the American story, Hawaii's steadfast sense of community and mutual support shows the progress that results when people are united in a spirit of limitless possibility; and


WHEREAS, in the decades since their persecution, Hawaiians have remained resilient and steadfast as part of the diverse people of Hawaii who, as children of pioneers and immigrants from around the world, carry on the unique cultures and traditions of their forebears; and


WHEREAS, the State of Hawaii and the nation can all admire the traits and leadership of King Kamehameha the Great, the son of Keoua and Chiefess Kekuiapoiwa, and great-grandson of Keawe'ikehahiali'iokamoku; and


WHEREAS, the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii echoes the American Spirit, representing the opportunities for growth and understanding as the nation moves toward a brighter future; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, that this body honors King Kamehameha the Great and his descendants by sharing his story with a global audience, promoting ceremonies and activities that celebrate his vision, the spirit of Aloha, and the rich culture and heritage of Hawaii, and urging all of the people of Hawaii to do the same; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; the Chief Executive Officer of Kamehameha Schools; Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Chairperson of the House of Representatives Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs; and the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.







Report Title: 

King Kamehameha; Honor; Hawaiian Islands