Queen Liliuokalani on the Day Her Country Lost Independence

Today in history — “On the morning of August 12, 1898, troops from the warship USS Philadelphia marched ashore for the ceremony at Iolani Palace formally recognizing the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States. lowering the Hawaiian flag in 1898.

“On the morning of August 12, 1898, a ceremony at Iolani Palace marked the U.S. annexation of Hawaii. The Royal Hawaiian Band played Hawaii Ponoi as the Hawaiian flag went down and The Star-Spangled Banner as the American flag went up.”

What was Queen Liliuokalani doing? She stayed in her home, Washington Place, with family members and loyalists:

Alice Rix: “I thought perhaps you would go away—into the country.”

Queen Lili’uokalani: “Why? I came here to be near my people—to show them how to meet this. It has come upon us together—you understand? Together. I am not alone. My people lose their country; they lose their identity. Should I run away and shut my eyes and my ears when so many of them had to remain here in their homes? My home is also here, in Honolulu [Washington Place]. It gives us all courage to think of others. I remembered my people this day and they remembered me. We bore our trouble together. I did not leave my house….”

Read more about it in “How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”

“How the Ex-queen Passed the Twelfth of August.”
The San Francisco call, August 28, 1898, Image 17
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85066387/1898-08-28/ed-1/seq-17/

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The House of Sun: Haleakala Now Hawaii National Park

Today in history — August 1, 1916 — the National Park Service established the Hawaii National Park: Haleakala National Park on Maui and Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes on the Big Island as the Hawaii National Park.

The Hawaiians visited Haleakala mountain, a dormant volcano, as a sacred place. In Hawaiian folklore, demigod Maui’s grandmother lived in Haleakala’s summit. She helped Maui to slow down the sun to lengthen the day.

Calling it the “House of the Sun,” the Native Hawaiians mined Haleakala rocks for tools.

Read more about Haleakala.

Haleakala: https://hdnpblog.wordpress.com/historical-articles/haleakala/