On September 12th and 13th, 2015, at the 25th annual Las Vegas Hoʻolauleʻa, an educational table for Hawaiian independence was maintained by Keokani Marciel and his parents, Keonona and Joan Marciel. The banner for the table was ʻAhahui Hoʻihoʻi Aupuni Hawaiʻi o Moku ʻEiwa - Hawaiian Government Restoration Initiative of Las Vegas. The vision was to be a local chapter of an association dedicated to Hawaiian independence, uniting Hawaiian patriots throughout the Hawaiian Islands and abroad. In the months to come, this effort would turn out to be a precursor for the formation of a District Branch of the original Hawaiian Patriotic League.
Beginning on January 9th, 2016, meetings were held to organize Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Las Vegas (HAALV) in tribute to the historic Hawaiian Patriotic League that existed in Hawaiʻi nei from 1893 to 1900. On March 5th, 2016, HAALV was brought into existence with the adoption of bylaws, enrollment of charter members, election of officers, and appointment of committee members. This was the product of deliberation by 12 people, who met 7 times over a period of 8 weeks. Mahalo nui loa to Steve Nitura, Jr., for hosting these meetings in his conference room adjacent to The Beef Jerky Store at the Fremont Street Experience.
HAALV held its inaugural event on June 25th, 2016, as an informal talk story session at Braddah's Island Style restaurant, to solicit manaʻo of the local Hawaiian community regarding Hawaiian national identity. HAALV delivered its first educational presentation on August 6th, 2016, which featured a viewing of the biography film about Joseph Nāwahī, founder of the original Hawaiian Patriotic League. Originally scheduled for July 30th, this event was intended to coincide with Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Restoration Day), the first holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
On November 26th, 2016, HAALV hosted its second annual celebration of Lā Kūʻokoa (Hawaiian Independence Day), at Clark County Library. Presentations were given on the history of this most important holiday in the Hawaiian Kingdom, followed by a timeline of Hawaiian national identity. The educational event included discussion, pūpū, and kanikapila.
On February 14, 2017, HAALV launched a Meetup group with social activities planned throughout each month, as a primary means to engage with the lāhui Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian patriotic community) in Las Vegas. Our inaugural Meetup was held at the Las Vegas location of Cinnamon's Restaurant, opened on 12/7/2016.
The object of HAALV shall be to affirm Ka Hui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian Patriotic League) founded on March 4, 1893; to embrace Hawaiian national identity; and to educate our community about the continuity of Hawaiian independence.
E hoʻomau i ke kūpaʻa no ke aloha i ka ʻāina. - Continue to be steadfast in love for the land.