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Hawaiinuiakea observes 100th anniversary of Queen's death with exhibit, concert

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dan Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
Spokesman, UH Communications
Posted: Sep 11, 2017

The exhibit of the Queen's papers, songs and photographs at Hamilton Library.
The exhibit of the Queen's papers, songs and photographs at Hamilton Library.
The Black Ribbon Dress worn to Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
The Black Ribbon Dress worn to Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.

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The 100th anniversary of the death of Queen Liliʻuokalani will be on November 11, 2017. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge is observing the centennial with an exhibit of her papers, songs and photographs at Hamilton Library in September and October, as well as the  concert, “Hoʻohāliʻaliʻa: Remembering Her Majesty,” at Kennedy Theatre on Saturday, October 7.

“A century after her passing, this remarkable leader remains an exemplary symbol of ability, grace, ethics and courage,” said Interim Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Jon Osorio. “We have to take the time and remember her example and leadership that still inspires us today. Our hope is that this exhibit and concert will celebrate her life and legacy and introduce our beloved queen to those who do not know her.”

Four themes – mākaukau (ability), no‘eau (grace and talent), kū i ka pono (ethics) and wiwo‘ole (courage) provide the structure for the centennial events.

The Hamilton Library Exhibit

September 8, 2017 through October 15, 2017

The exhibit, curated by Kamakakūokalani Librarian Keahiahi Long and Associate Professor April Drexel, includes 31 different pieces from five different repositories – including the Hawai’i State Archives, ‘Iolani Palace, Hawai’i Pacific Collection of UH Mānoa’s Hamilton Library, Mission Houses Library – such as:

  • The Black Ribbon Dress. A reproduction of the black ribbon dress that the then-Princess Liliʻuokalani wore to Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Victoria’s accession to the throne. The dress is famously depicted in a portrait on display at ʻIolani Palace. The reproduction was commissioned by The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace.

  • Hand-written songsheets. The Queen was a prolific composer and the exhibit showcases reproductions of a selection of the Queen's mele as written in her own hand. Courtesy of the Hawaiʻi State Archives.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.


Hoʻohāliʻaliʻa: Remembering Her Majesty
October 7, 2017, 7 p.m.
UHM Kennedy Theatre

Kumu hula, artists and scholars will be paying tribute to the Queen through a special performance of mele, hula and haʻi ʻōlelo at Kennedy Theatre on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Performers include Manu Boyd and Hālau O ke ʻAʻaliʻi Kū Makani; Nola Nahulu and the Honolulu Youth Opera Chorus: The Cantilena and Gioventu Musicale Ensembles; the UH Mānoa Hawaiian Chorus; the Kawaiolaonapūkanileo Vocal Ensemble;  Hālau ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai o Haʻehaʻe; and Vicky Holt Takamine and Hālau Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima.

General admission ticket is $50. A $120 VIP package includes special seating, a hosted reception and wine tasting.

All proceeds will fund scholarships for Native Hawaiian students attending UH Mānoa.

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Video and soundbites information:

Broll (1 minute, 20 seconds):

  • Shots of exhibit (3 shots)

  • Queen’s dress (3 shots)

  • Queen’s handwritten note (1)

  • Vinyl records of Queen’s music

  • Students walking by display

  • Tight of Queen’s words



Keahiahi Long - Librarian, UH Mānoa Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (10 seconds)

“I think that what's special is that these items are located individually at different repositories but that we’re able to not only bring them collectively in one space, but also that they are out for people to access immediately.”

Long (10 seconds)

“The decisions that she makes when she is a ruler, and while she is training to be a ruler, and after she is a ruler, it’s hard to be not affected by her story and by her power.”

Jon Osorio - Interim Dean, UH Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (12 seconds)

“The Queen represents for us all of the things you could want, that you could ever want in a leader: compassion, courage, integrity, grace under fire.”