Hamilton Library hosts program celebrating legacies of Queen Lili`uokalani

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Teri L. Skillman, (808) 956-8688
Outreach Coordinator, Library Services
Posted: Jan 13, 2014

He Lei He Aloha
He Lei He Aloha

UH Mānoa's Hamilton Library will host “He Lei, He Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili`uokalani,” a free program celebrating the enduring legacies of Queen Lili`uokalani.  Learn about the legacies of Queen Lili`uokalani on Sunday, January 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Library Alcove.The program is presented by the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System (HSPLS) and is currently touring at 28 public libraries statewide through February 13, 2014.

Queen Lydia Lili`uokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaiʻi, was renowned for her music, love for her homeland, and complete dedication to the needs of her people. The Queen expressed her aloha for her people through her actions and the examples she set.

This program features selected readings from “Hawaii’s Story by Hawaiʻi’s Queen” written by Queen Lili`uokalani, a sing-along of the Queen’s music from “The Queen’s Songbook” published by Hui Hanai, a 10-minute film vignette “Ku`u Aina Aloha” that expresses the love of these islands as inspired by the Queen, and a brief talk story moderated by members of the Iolani Guild of the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi.

Meleanna Aluli Meyer, artist, art-educator, filmmaker, and descendant of Emma Nawahi, a close confidante of Queen Lili`uokalani, serves as narrator of this participatory program.

The Queen Lili`uokalani Trust, Hui Hanai, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Pu‘uhonua Society and the Iolani Guild of the Episcopal Church of Hawaiʻi are sponsoring this 45-minute program that is suitable for ages 12 and older.  The 2013-2014 program schedules are subject to change and can be viewed at www.librarieshawaii.org.

Concurrently, Hamilton Library is hosting two exhibits that can be viewed at the same time.  In the Hamilton Alcove attendees can view the photographs of Brother Bertram, a Marianist priest and a monarchy supporter who resided in Hawai'i prior to and through the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy.  The exhibit, Na Pa'i Ki'i, was developed by Al Lum and is on loan from Chaminade University through the Spring 2014 semester.

The second exhibit in the Hamilton Elevator Gallery features historical photographs and important memorabilia of the Royal Hawaiian Band from Henry Berger through the current Bandmaster Clarke K. Bright.  This exhibition celebrates the Royal Hawaiian Band as a living legacy from the Monarchy Period of Hawaiʻi (1810-1893). Established by King Kamehameha III in 1836 as The King’s Band, it reached its zenith during the Kalākaua Dynasty under its most celebrated bandmaster Henry Berger. It is the only band in the Pacific region founded on the initiative of a reigning sovereign rather than a colonial power. It is the oldest extant public brass band in the United States.  The exhibit is on loan from the Royal Hawaiian Band through the Spring 2014 semester.

For more information, contact Teri Skillman at skillman@hawaii.edu.