The successful Palapala Kūʻē (Petition Against Annexation), organized by ʻAhahui Aloha ʻAina (Hawaiian Patriotic League) from 1897 to 1898, was the theme of the 2017, 4th annual ʻAha Aloha ʻŌlelo, Hawaiian language competition in Kona, Hawaiʻi.
These petitions show us the potential of our Lāhui. Our kūpuna were actively engaged in the political issues surrounding them and their country. We are in a point of history where we face very similar issues. I am hopeful that this competition and event will remind us of the inherited kuleana we have to this ʻāina. These petitions show us who we were, who we are, and most importantly, who we still must be.
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