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Sovereignty Restoration Day (Hawaii)

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Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day (Hawaiian: Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea) was a former national holiday celebrated on July 31 during the Kingdom of Hawaii, which commemorated the restoration of Hawaiian sovereignty following the occupation of Hawaii by Great Britain during the 1843 Paulet Affair.[1][2] It is still celebrated today by proponents of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

Sovereignty Restoration Day
Official name Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea
Also called Hawaiian Restoration Day
Observed by Hawaii
Significance Restoration of the sovereignty of Kingdom of Hawaii following British occupation during the Paulet Affair (1843)
Date November 28
Next time November 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)
Frequency annual
First time 1843
Related to Hawaiian Independence Day

Following the restoration of sovereignty at Thomas Square, King Kamehameha III uttered the phrase: Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono (The life of the land is preserved in the righteousness of the people), which was adopted in 1959 as the motto of the state of Hawaii.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Thrum, Thomas G., ed. (1909). Hawaiian Holidays. Hawaiian Almanac and Annual for 1910. Honolulu: Honolulu Star-Bulletin. pp. 110–116. 
  2. ^ Schmitt, Robert C. (1995). "Holidays in Hawaiʻi". Hawaiian Journal of History. Honolulu: Hawaiian Historical Society. 29: 141–146. hdl:10524/338. 
  3. ^ "History". La Hoihoi Ea. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ Hoʻokahua Staff (July 2014). "Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea: Hawaiʻi Commemorates Sovereignty Restoration Day". Kaleinamanu Hawaiian Cultural Center, Kamehameha Schools. Retrieved September 3, 2011.