On November 28, 2014, Native Hawaiians and their supporters walked together for Naue i Ke Aloha ʻAina, a march in celebration of Lā Kūʻakoʻa, Hawaiian Independence Day. The eight mile march to the ahupuʻaʻa of Keauhou, birth place of Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III), was a march of aloha, says Hawaiian medium preschool teacher and march organizer, Kahoʻokahi Kanuha:
… This is a march of love for our land and love for our country. We march together as one with the hope that our claim to national independence may be seen and heard by our local communities and throughout the world. Aloha ʻ āina is alive and it will never die.”
Photographer and Leeward CC graduate Kahoʻolemana Naone documented the march in his beautiful photos. He writes:
While many people watched their football or climbed over each other to save a few dollars on Black Friday, small groups of Hawaiians all over Hawai’i gathered to celebrate the day Kamehameha III had the Franco – Anglo proclamation signed and the birth of the Hawaiian nationality. This particular march went from Waimanalo to Makapu’u and was one of the most beautiful and comfortable marches I have been on yet. It was truly a blessed day.
Click any image to view the photographs in gallery format.