Keauhou Bay, the 1813 birthplace of King Kamehameha III, or Kauikeaouli, will be busy over the course of the next week, celebrating the legendary Hawaiian history figure.
A large concert celebration is scheduled for Saturday, and a free lecture on the historic king will be held the night before. All this preceeds a birthsite tribute a week later.
Starting Friday evening, the Puana Ka ‘Ike Lecture Series presents Dr. Keanu Sai (5:30–8 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010 in the Bayview Meeting Rooms of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa).
Sai, a PhD in political science from the University of Hawaii – Manoa whose doctoral research centers on the legal and political history of Hawai‘i from Kamehameha I to the present, will present “Kamehameha III and the Transformation of Hawaiian Land Tenure.”
According to the Kohala Center, the principal organizer of the Puana Ka Ike Lecture Series, Sai will “recount the events that transformed Hawai‘i’s land tenure system during the reign of His Hawaiian Majesty King Kamehameha III. He will cover the establishment of the Board of Commissioners to Quiet Land Titles; the Great Mahele (Division) between the Government, Chiefs/Konohiki, and the Native Tenants; and the meaning of the clause ‘reserving the rights of native tenants.’ His presentation includes a viewing of the documentary Ua mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Maintained.”
Sai’s presentation is also sponsored by Kamehameha Investment Corporation, Hui Kaha Pōhaku & Kiai ‘Āina Kualoloa of Keauhou-Kahaluu Education Group, Kamehameha Schools, Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Daughters of Hawaii, Betty Kanuha Foundation, and the Kaniohale Community (Homesteaders) Association.
The next day, the 10th annual Lani Kauikeaouli Kamehameha III Bithrday Celebration will honor the occasion with hula and Hawaiian style music.
According to the event rundown:
4:30 PM HALAU O KEKUHI
The traditional-style, formal hula school has received great acclaim both for perpetuating the Ancient art and for its groundbreaking stage productions.
5:30 PM HOLUNAPE
Kama Hopkins, Kekoa Kaluhiwa and Kanai’a Nakamura music compels you to sway like a coconut frond. Come Sway with us!
6:30 PM TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
Nina Kealiiwahamana, Marlene Sai, Sonny Lim, Brudda Smitty, Beverly Noa, Ladies of “Na Lei O Kaholoku” and many other stars.
8:00 PM AMY HANAIALI’I GILLIOM
From hapa-haole and Hawaiian standards to European classical music, jazz, blues and more, Amy delights all who hear her.
9:00 PM “MANA’O COMPANY”
Hitting the big on the airwaves since 1992 the Mana’o Company will “Spread a Little Aloha”
Organizers say a free concert trolley will be available for pick up at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, Keauhou Shopping Center, and Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa (Park at Keauhou Shopping Center Makai Side of Phase II pick up trolley at Long’s Drug Store)
On Wednesday, March 17, at 10 a.m. the Daughters of Hawaii and Kamehameha Investment Corporation will gather for a special tribute to Lani Kauikeaouli at his Keauhou Bay birthsite.
King Kamehameha III, son of Kamehameha the Great, changed the course of Hawaii’s history during his 30 year reign, instituting the kingdom’s first written consitution, and signing the Great Mahele, dividing the land among his people. Kamehameha III is credited with coining the state motto “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono” which is popularly interpretted to mean “the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”