Iulai 21-23: No ka Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea

July 21-23, 1849: Regarding Sovereignty Restoration Day

On July 21, 1849, a circular was disseminated to various diplomats and dignitaries to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Sovereignty Restoration Day). The circular stated in part, “Tuesday the 31st instant will be kept, as a National Holiday, in celebration of the Sixth Anniversary of the Restoration of these Islands . . . .” The circular directed readers to the notice published in the Polynesian for further “particulars.”

“Published by Authority” – The Polynesian, July 21, 1849, pg. 3.

Below are a few of the responses from various consulates in the Kingdom, including Chile, France, Hamburg, Bremen, Peru, and Denmark. The circular and the diplomatic responses are available in the Foreign Office and Executive Collection here.

Iulai 22: Leka iā A.F. Judd, Lunakānāwai Nui

July 22, 1886: Letter to A.F. Judd, Chief Justice

Below is a letter from Kealoha Kaikuahine to Chief Justice A.F. Judd. The letter requests advice in regards to a previous case that had been heard by the district court in North Kohala. The matter, which involved a “horse dispute” was referred to the Attorney General. Below is an excerpt from this rather lengthy letter:

Available in Attorney General Records 1886, July – December.

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Iulai 20: Kuʻikahi me Suizilana

July 20, 1864: Treaty with Switzerland

On July 20, 1864, the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi entered into a treaty of friendship and commerce with the Swiss Confederation. Below are two pages from the treaty. A transcription for the French column is provided below by Brittanie Nery:

Available in Treaties, Switzerland.

d’amitié, d’établissement
et de commerce
Sa majesté le Roi Hawaiien
la Confédération Suisse.
Sa majesté le Roi Hawaiien
la Confédération Suisse

Available in Treaties, Switzerland.

En foi de quoi
les plénipotentiaires respectifs
ont signé le Traité et y ont
apposé leurs sceaux

Ainsi fais par duplicata
à Berne le vingtième jour
de juillet mille huit cent
soixante quatre.

Le Plénipotentiaire Hawaiien:

Le Plénipotentiaire Suisse:

Iulai 18: He Kānāwai no ka Lawe ʻana i nā Pū Kīmanu

July 18, 1870: A Law for Carrying “Fowling Pieces” (and other firearms)

The following law was passed on July 18, 1870 for the protection of kolea (and other helpful birds). The indiscriminate use of firearms had resulted in over-hunting. In turn, this was harmful to Hawaiʻi’s agricultural and pastoral industries because these birds consumed pests.  Because the previous 1859 law was largely ineffective, this law specified that a license was necessary to use and carry firearms for sporting purposes. The cost of that license was $5.00.

Available in Session Laws, Kanawai o ka Moi, 1870.

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Iulai 12-17: Kuʻikahi me Farani (“Kuikahi e Hooki i ke Kaua”)

July 12-17, 1839: Treaty with France

In July of 1839, Captain Laplace of the French frigate L’Artémise, arrived in the islands under orders to put an end to the persecution of Catholics in the Hawaiian Kingdom.  King Kauikeaouli issued the Edict of Toleration on July 17, 1839, and paid $20,000 as a guarantee of “his future conduct towards France.” Additionally, the treaty ensured the release of all imprisoned Catholics, and established the creation of a site for a Catholic Church. The church was required to be located in a port frequented by the French, and ministered by a French priest.

Below are excerpts from the 1839 treaty between the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi and France. A transcription of the Hawaiian language follows.

Available in Chronological File, 1790 – 1849 1839 July 15, 17, 30.

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Iulai 14: “No ka make ana o Liholiho”

July 14, 1824: The Death of King Liholiho

In 1824, King Liholiho and Queen Kamāmalu journeyed to London to negotiate an alliance with England. Almost the entire royal party developed measles within weeks of arrival. On July 14, 1824, King Liholiho, aged 27, succumbed to complications related to measles. Queen Kamāmalu, who was only 22, had died just a few days prior on July 8.

Below is the Report of Physicians, issued by Doctors Henry Holland and Hugh Ley. The sad report indicates that King Liholiho changed “materially for the worse” after the death of his beloved wife.

Available in Foreign Office & Executive File, Chronological File, 1790 – 1849 1824 July 2, 15, 30.

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Iulai 13: He Mau Hoʻololi Manaʻo ʻia no ke Kumukānāwai 1864

July 13, 1874: Amendments to the 1864 Constitution

On July 13, 1874, King Kalākaua approved two amendments to the 1864 Constitution. One of the major amendments related to the requirement that qualified voters possess real property valued at $150 or more. Besides the property requirement change, the amendments also included changes in punctuation (Hawaiian and English versions) and in wording (English version).

Below are copies of the Hawaiian amendments with an accompanying transcription:

Available in Session Laws, Kanawai o ka Moi, 1874.

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Iulai 9: Kānāwai No ke Komisina o nā ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula

July 9, 1921: Hawaiian Homes Commission Act

Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Warren Harding on July 9, 1921 (42 Stat. 108), the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act is a government-sponsored homesteading program that provides for the rehabilitation of the native Hawaiian people.  The term, “native Hawaiian” is defined as individuals having at least 50 percent Hawaiian blood.

As explained by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands:

Pursuant to provisions of the HHCA, the Department provides direct benefits to native Hawaiians in the form of 99-year homestead leases at an annual rental of $1. In 1990, the Legislature authorized the Department to extend leases for an aggregate term not to exceed 199 years (Act 305, Session Laws of Hawaii 1990; section 208, HHCA). Homestead leases are for residential, agricultural, or pastoral purposes. Aquacultural leases are also authorized, but none have been awarded to date. The intent of the homesteading program is to provide for economic self-sufficiency of native Hawaiians through the provision of land.

Photo courtesy of Department of Home Lands. Depicts Congressional visit in 1915. L to R: Rep. Carter Glass; Speaker of the House Holstein; Delegate Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole; Rep. Campbell of Kansas; and Mayor John C. Lane of Honolulu.

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