Rain gently fell at 8:30 am this morning when 100 bells rang out at Churches statewide to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the passing of Queen Lili’uokalani. Hundreds gathered next to ‘Iolani Palace at the State Capital with their hoʻokupu, messages and oli.
In the audience, many familiar faces of the Hawaiian community. Former Governor John Waiheʻe shared a story from his time at Washington Place, the Queen’s residence at where she passed at the age of 79.
Mele written by the Queen were performed by Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom, Willie K and Marlene Sai. And hula in honor of Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch.
Governor Ige proclaimed that 2018 will be the year of remembrance of Queen Liliʻuokalani and had this message for the people of the Aloha State.
“Join us in recognizing the Queens contributions to all of Hawaii and the lessons she continually teaches us, to aloha each and every day.”
As the procession of kāhili ended the ceremony, there was a common thread that many were taking home with them — Queen Liliʻuokalani stepped down so we could rise up.