Honolulu — Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui today attended a commemoration of the 170th anniversary of the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom at Thomas Square. Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell were among several dignitaries who attended the commemoration.
Hosted by the City and County of Honolulu, the event recognizes the significance Lā Ho‘iho‘i Ea (Restoration Day) holds in Hawaiian history. On July 31, 1843, at the park that would eventually bear his name, British Rear Admiral Richard Thomas read a declaration restoring sovereignty to the Hawaiian Kingdom, ending the five-month seizure of the Hawaiian Kingdom by Captain Lord George Paulet.
Following the restoration of sovereignty, King Kamehameha III uttered a phrase that was to become the motto of the State of Hawaii, Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Āina i ka Pono (The life of the land is restored in righteousness).