Queen Liliuokalani’s Ho‘okupu

This month in history — August 27, 1898 — after Liliuokalani returned from a trip, Native Hawaiians went to her home, Washington Place, and gave her gifts. Even when Liliuokalani no longer ruled Hawaii, the Native Hawaiians practiced the tradition of Ho‘okupu–giving gifts to the ruler returning from a trip.

In Washington Place’s living room were live roosters, poi, taro roots, fruits, flowers, lei, ferns, dried or raw fish wrapped in ti leaves, calabashes, and even silver.

Read more about Ho‘okupu in “Liliuokalani’s Hookupu.”

“Liliuokalani’s Hookupu”
The sun, August 28, 1898, Page 2


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