Mauna Loa Erupts to Celebrate Hawaiian Independence Day

November 28th in Hawai’i unofficially recognizes Native Hawaiian (commonly Kanaka Maoli) independence day or Lā Kūʻokoʻa. This event commemorates the signing of Anglo-Franco Proclamation of 1843, which was the official diplomatic recognition of the independence and sovereignty of the kingdom by Great Britain and France.

Lā Kūʻokoʻa -- Hawaiian Kingdom Independence day
Coming up Sunday, November 27 at Pokai Bay on Westside

The event is celebrated today by supporters of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

Come join us for a community celebration at Pokai Bay, 9 am to 4 pm. Learn a little bit about our history and why this day, La Kuokoa, Hawaiian Independence Day, was important then and is important for us to know about now. Free and open to the public.
Come join us for a community celebration at Pokai Bay, 9 am to 4 pm. Learn a little bit about our history and why this day, La Kuokoa, Hawaiian Independence Day, was important then and is important for us to know about now. Free and open to the public.

Wikipedia summarizes the observation. In 1839, Captain Cyrille Pierre Théodore Laplace of the French frigate Artémise landed in Honolulu in what became known as the Laplace Affair and forced the Hawaiian government under King Kamehameha III to acknowledge the rights of Catholics in his realm with the Edict of Toleration.

The Hawaiian government had to pay $20,000 in compensation to the French for their brutal torture and abuse of Catholic priests. Anticipating further foreign encroachment on Hawaiian territory following the Laplace Affair, King Kamehameha III dispatched a diplomatic delegation to the United States and Europe to secure the recognition of Hawaiian independence.

British naval captain Lord George Paulet, without the authorization of his superiors, unilaterally occupied the kingdom of Hawaii in the name Queen Victoria despite the protests of the Hawaiian government.

World's Largest Active Volcano, Mauna Loa, Erupts on Big Island, Hawai'i
World’s Largest Active Volcano, Mauna Loa, Erupts on Big Island, Hawai’i

After a five-month occupation, Rear-Admiral Richard Darton Thomas, the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Station, restored sovereignty to Kamehameha III. This event on July 31, 1843 was later commemorated as Sovereignty Restoration Day (Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea).

On November 28, 1843, at the Court of London, the British and French governments formally recognized the independence of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the Anglo-Franco Proclamation, a joint declaration by France and Britain, signed by Lord Aberdeen and the Comte de Saint-Aulaire, representatives of Queen Victoria and King Louis-Philippe, respectively.

The United States declined to join the proclamation stating that for such a recognition to be binding, it would require a formal treaty ratified by the United States Senate.

Elton Freitas: Just in case the mainlanders wonder if you’re okay and you live in Honolulu, show them this picture.
Elton Freitas: Just in case the mainlanders wonder if you’re okay and you live in Honolulu, show them this picture.

Lava activity remains confined to the summit. At this time, there is NO indication of lava exiting the summit nor of lava migrating down the southwest rift zone. As a precaution, shelters have been opened at Old Kona Airport in Kailua-Kona and Ka`u Gymnasium in Pahala.

You will be informed of any changes that affect your safety.

Pele, Goddess of Volcanos and Fire, Celebrates Hawaiian Independence

In Hawaiian culture, Pele is the goddess of volcanoes and fire and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Often referred to as “Madame Pele” or “Tūtū Pele,” she is a well-known deity within Hawaiian mythology.

According to tradition, Pele is believed born in the far land of Kahiki and voyaged to the Hawaiian Islands searching for a suitable home. They report this journey taking place between 850 AD and 1250 AD. Pele migrated through the islands and eventually found her permanent home in Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kilauea.

Christina Tydingco: She's Alive !!! Amazing #pele
Christina Tydingco: She’s Alive !!! Amazing #pele
Kristina Elly Edda Anderson in Hilo, Hawai'i. She's awake. World's largest active volcano @maunaloa erupts for the first time in 40 years! Chills
Kristina Elly Edda Anderson in Hilo, Hawai’i. She’s awake. World’s largest active volcano @maunaloa erupts for the first time in 40 years! Chills

‘O Pele Laua ‘O Poliahu: Ku Kaua Mea He Wahine (True Qualities of a Hawaiian Woman)

Poliahu’s beauty entranced many handsome chiefs, including some who had attracted Pele’s romantic interest. This resulted in a furious battle between two goddesses on the slopes of Mauna Kea.

The opposing forces of fire and ice personifies the rivalry between the fire goddess Pele and Poliahu, the snow goddess of Mauna Kea
The opposing forces of fire and ice personifies the rivalry between the fire goddess Pele and Poliahu, the snow goddess of Mauna Kea

Pele began the battle, causing Mauna Kea to erupt with fountains of fire and lava flows, melting the snow and driving Poliahu from the summit. Poliahu counterattacked with a great blizzard, covering the mountain with a blanket of snow and ice. Defeated, Pele was driven back to Mauna Loa, her fires never to burn on Mauna Kea again.

To this day the rivalry still persists with Poliahu, occasionally invading Pele’s domain by casting snow upon the summit of Mauna Loa.

Bricille Wallace: MAUNA KEA IS SNOWING WHILE MAUNA LOA IS ERUPTING! Fire & Ice, right next to each other!!!!! Natural Phenomenon? I dont think so!!! Hau’oli Lā Kū’oko’a
Bricille Wallace: MAUNA KEA IS SNOWING WHILE MAUNA LOA IS ERUPTING!
Fire & Ice, right next to each other!!!!! Natural Phenomenon? I dont think so!!!
Hau’oli Lā Kū’oko’a
Our AMAZING Island Home!!!!!!!!!!! Credit: Jay Takaaze
Our AMAZING Island Home!!!!!!!!!!! Credit: Jay Takaaze
Absolutely amazing… it’s been 38 years. Photo by Nehemiah Akau
Absolutely amazing… it’s been 38 years
Photo by Nehemiah Akau
Views from Panaewa! Aloha Pele picture credit- Gabriella Silva
Views from Panaewa! Aloha Pele🌺 Credit: Gabriella Silva
Raw images of Mauna Loa glow captured from my house in Holualoa
Raw images of Mauna Loa glow captured from my house in Holualoa
@dri.mama @josh_rosario808 @omilee #hawaii #maunaloa #volcano #eruption
Mauna Loa erupts with fire; Mauna Kea in background gets snow
Mauna Loa erupts with fire; Mauna Kea in background gets snow
Pele erupts on Mauna Loa, Hawai'i
Pele erupts on Mauna Loa, Hawai’i
Kristina Elly Edda Anderson is in Hilo, Hawaii. She’s awake 😍❤️🌋 World’s largest active volcano
#maunaloa erupts for the first time in 40 years! Chills #childrenofthesun #shesawakened
MaunaLoa is erupting from vents on the Northeast Rift zone. Flows are moving downslope to the north. USGS Photos from Civil Air Patrol fight. #MaunaLoaErupts Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency
MaunaLoa is erupting from vents on the Northeast Rift zone. Flows are moving downslope to the north.
USGS Photos from Civil Air Patrol fight.
#MaunaLoaErupts Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency
Laura Reid. When sleeping beauty wakes…better get outta her way. She’s not playing.
Laura Reid. When sleeping beauty wakes…better get outta her way. She’s not playing. 🔥
Mauna Loa from Saddle Road. 🌋🌿
volcanoeruption #maunaloa #bigisland
Ikaika Marzo: Lava flows advancing towards Saddle Road and towards Pohakuloa training area. Looks to be 2 lobes of lava. 1 love is headed to the north and the other headed North North east. Pretty Ironic that the military have been conducting war exercises just miles away.
Ikaika Marzo: Lava flows advancing towards Saddle Road and towards Pohakuloa training area. Looks to be 2 lobes of lava. 1 love is headed to the north and the other headed North North east.
Pretty Ironic that the military have been conducting war exercises just miles away.
World's largest active volcano #maunaloa erupts for the first time in 40 years!
Kristina Elly Edda Anderson is in Hilo, Hawaii.
She’s awake 😍❤️🌋 World’s largest active volcano #maunaloa erupts for the first time in 40 years!

Chills #childrenofthesun #shesawakened
Holly Gates: Mauna Loa Erupting This Morning
Holly Gates: Mauna Loa Erupting This Morning
Nancy Cook Lauer: So Cool! We have not one, but TWO volcanoes active on our island.
Nancy Cook Lauer: So Cool! We have not one, but TWO volcanoes active on our island.
Ethan Tweedie: And it's snowing on Mauna Kea
Ethan Tweedie: And it’s snowing on Mauna Kea!

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