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Kokua Kailua, Hulihee Palace Concert, Sept 20

Surfers make their way through Kailua Village after a Sunday session down Alii Drive during the Kailua Village Stroll. Photography by Baron Sekiya/Hawaii 24/7

Surfers make their way down Alii Drive through Kailua Village after a Sunday session during the Kailua Village Stroll. (Photographs by Baron Sekiya/Hawaii 247)


The crowd enjoys entertainment at Hulihee Palace.

The crowd enjoys entertainment at Hulihee Palace.

Alii Drive is converted into a festive pedestrian walkway from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday (Sept 20).

The Daughters of Hawaii and Calabash Cousins present a free concert 4 p.m. at Hulihee Palace to remember Hawaii’s most accomplished royal musician and composer, Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917), with the Merrie Monarchs and Hulihee Palace Band.

In addition, this month’s concert features an original watercolor, “The Queen’s Palace No. 1” by Wanda McMannus and a block print, “Old Honu Pond” by Sue Mailander.  

Attendees can make a donation to win this original art created recently on location at the palace. 

The sister of King Kalakaua, Liliu Kamakaeha attended the Royal School and was educated with four other rulers of Hawaii. She was given the Christian name Lydia.

“Lydia could read music at an early age and it is thought she had perfect pitch,” said Fanny Au Hoy, palace administrator. “She played piano, ukulele and the organ — but the zither, which was in vogue in the U.S. and Europe — was her favorite. She also composed music.”

It was on a visit in 1878 to a Windward Oahu ranch that Lydia received the imagery and inspiration to pen the song that became the first Hawaiian “hit” outside of the kingdom, “Aloha Oe.” 

Although Lydia wrote the words as a love song, the chorus and first verse were normally sung and the song became a popular island farewell song.

In 1862, Lydia married John Dominis, who later became the governor of Oahu. She acted as regent when Queen Kapiolani traveled abroad to attend the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.  

She took the name Liliuokalani in 1891 when it was agreed she would be heir to the throne. Her reign was a tragic one as the monarchy was overthrown in 1893 by American annexationists; the queen peacefully gave up her throne under protest. After an unsuccessful counterrevolution, the queen was imprisoned in Iolani Palace for eight months.

After Liliuokalani’s imprisonment, she returned to Washington Place and wrote “Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen.” 

“In 1909 she set up a fund to help Hawaiian children and today the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center helps over 2,000 children annually,” added Au Hoy.

Concert goers may bring their own beach mat or chair and utilize the free chair check at Emma’s Square for hands-free shopping and dining in the Village during Kokua Kailua which always features vendors, local artists and participating merchants offering special kamaaina discounts.


Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace and Pacific Radio Group. The program is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and to remind residents to shop, dine and buy local.

The next month’s Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll date is Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to assist with closing and re-opening the road. If you are able to help so that these events can continue, please contact Marie Aguilar at 334-0562 or Dorlene Kolina Chao at 936-9202.

Additional palace concert – and Kokua Kailua – dates for 2009:

Oct. 18: featuring Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii

Nov. 15: featuring the Hulihee Palace band

Dec. 13: featuring Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii

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