A Hawaiian History Lesson

A couple of weekends ago, we drove to I’olani Palace for their annual Mai Poina walking tour.  Actors dressed in period costumes tell of events that led to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. In simple language and with passion in their voices, each actor told of what was happening in the legislature, with the military, on the palace grounds, and with the common man, during the days of the late 1800’s overthrow of the Queen.

Queen Lili’uokalani on palace steps

While walking on the grass area in front of the palace, we wondered about a gated area. As we edged closer, we saw the “Kapu” sign.  Yes, royalty is buried on palace grounds. Out of respect, we quietly walked away.

Royalty buried behind the fence.

Check out the link to Hawai’i Pono’i’s website. (Same as above.) Even though we knew some of the history, we learned more. I wished I had my former 8th grade U.S. History students with me. Of course, they are all grown and in their 30’s now, but I still think of them as my students.

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