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Aloha ʻĀina: Lā Kūʻokoʻa 2023

basic guide to the historical and cultural background the Hawaiian Renaissance and the Sovereignty Movement

Mele Aloha ʻĀina

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In celebration of Lā Kūʻokoʻa, the citizens of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi would celebrate the day just like the U.S.'s 4th of July with fireworks, concerts, parades, horse races, and galas/balls.  We know this now because these events were written about in nupepa Hawaiʻi.  These nupepa Hawaiʻi would also publish mele aloha ʻāina, mele that were written to celebrate our independence, our nationalism and patriotism, and general love for our ʻāina.  

This year, Midkiff celebrates Lā Kūʻokoʻa with mele aloha ʻāina.

Mele Aloha ʻĀina Album Cover Activity

Instructions for Homeroom Lā Kūʻokoʻa Activity

Additional Resources:  Hawaiʻi - EA Hawaiian Activism Movements 1960-2010: Mele Kūʻē by UHM

Examples of album covers:

Created by Kaʻilima Chock, c/o 2026

Created by Kaʻilima Chock, c/o 2026

Created by Mamo Nite, c/o 2024

Created by Mamo Nite, c/o 2024

Created by Drew Apuna, c/o 2024

Created by Kiani-Taylor Soller, c/o 2024

Mele Aloha ʻĀina of Moananuiākea




All Hawaiʻi

Composed by Sudden Rush


Hawaiʻi Loa, Kū Like Kākou

Composed by Liko Martin


Kaulana Nā Pua

Composed by Ellen Kehoʻohiwaokalani Wright Prendergast

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Kū Haʻaheo

Composed by Hinaleimoana Wong

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My Hawaiʻi

Composed by The Green, Sean Naʻauao, Kaumakaiwa, Kumu Hina

Lyrics & Translation

Hawaiʻi Aloha

Composed by Rev. Lorenzo Lyons

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Composed by Royce Keahi Piiohia

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Composed by Larry Kimura & Peter Moon

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Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi

Composed by Queen Liliʻuokalani

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Ka Naʻi Aupuni

Composed by William Kahino

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