A documentary by No‘eau Woo O'Brien
Planned for completion in January 2014, Mo‘okū‘auhau is a documentary film by University of Hawai‘i At Mānoa student No‘eau Woo O'Brien, which follows a young Kānaka Māoli named Makanui on his journey to discover his mo‘okū‘auhau (genealogy) and how it influences his life. Embracing the importance of knowing one's heritage, O'Brian believes in showing individual experiences in uncovering one's own history and heritage.
View the trailer to get a sneak peak of this independent project.
Lā Kū‘oko‘a O Hawai‘i Nei – Hawaiian Independence Day
On November 28, 1843, at the Court of London, the British and French Governments entered into a formal agreement of the recognition of Hawaiian independence, with what is called the Anglo-Franco proclamation. This proclamation stated in part:
“Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and His Majesty the King of the French, taking into consideration the existence in the Sandwich [Hawaiian] Islands of a government capable of providing for the regularity of its relations with foreign nations, have thought it right to engage, reciprocally, to consider the Sandwich Islands as an Independent State, and never to take possession, neither directly or under the title of Protectorate, or under any other form, of any part of the territory of which they are composed.
The undersigned, Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs, and the Ambassador Extraordinary of His Majesty the King of the French, at the Court of London, being furnished with the necessary powers, hereby declare, in consequence, that their said Majesties take reciprocally that engagement.
In witness whereof the undersigned have signed the present declaration, and have affixed thereto the seal of their arms.
Done in duplicate at London, the 28th day of November, in the year of our Lord, 1843.
[L.S.] St. Aulaire”
As we approach the 170th anniversary of this event, we remember the efforts of our Ali‘i and nā kūpuna to ensure that the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was given all the rights and privileges as other nations throughout the world.