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Visit Hulihee Palace Free on Sunday

August 14, 2013, 1:03 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 7:04 PM
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Kona’s Hulihee Palace will be remembering the late King Kamehameha III, “Kauikeaouli,” with a free afternoon for visitors at the Palace on Sunday, Aug. 18.

The Palace will be open from 4-5 p.m. as part of a year-long series of events honoring Hawaii’s past monarchs and historical figures.

Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii will perform hula and the Merrie Monarchs will provide vocals on the palace grounds to honor Kauikeaouli, the second surviving son of Kamehameha the Great.

Kauikeaouli became king at age 11 and reigned 30 years, according to Casey Ballao, docent coordinator for the palace. During his reign Kauikeaouli signed the Great Mahele, declared the right of religious freedom and instituted the kingdom’s first written constitution.

In 1843 Kauikeaouli coined Hawaii’s motto that appears on the state seal and coat of arms: “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono” — the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

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Beach mats or chairs are recommended as seating will not be provided for the performances.

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For information, call the palace at 329-1877 or 329-9555.

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