On December 30, 2017, Pelekikena Keokani Marciel proposed that KoMex Fusion be the new location for the regular meetings of HAALV.
Coinciding with Lā Kūʻokoa is Makahiki, the festive traditional celebration of the Hawaiian New Year. For this occasion, HAALV referred the Las Vegas Natural History Museum to resident Hawaiian historian, Patrick Kaʻanoʻi, who gave a well-received presentation on December 10, 2017, as part of the museum's "December to Remember" program.
On December 3, 2017, at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, HAALV gave an outstanding presentation about Lā Kūʻokoa, the most important holiday in the Hawaiian Kingdom. Celebrated annually since November 28, 1843, this is the day when Great Britain and France, by joint proclamation, formally recognized the independence of the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign State. Thus, becoming the first non-European member of the Family of Nations.
On September 27, 2017, the Pelekikena of HAALV, Keokani Kipona Marciel, became a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) accredited by the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), after completing the Professional Qualifying Course (PQC) in Chicago, Illinois, at the 41st Biennial Convention of NAP.
From August 4 through 6, 2017, two elected Delegates of HAALV, and one alternate, participated in the first Annual Convention of the League (KAHAA) in over a century.
On July 20, 2017, HAALV was contacted by the Linden-Museum Stuttgart in Germany, regarding the cover photo on the home page of HAALV, requesting permission to include it in their six-month exhibit about Hawaiʻi from October 14, 2017 to May 13, 2018. The photo is from the historic Aloha ʻĀina gatherings in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign on April 8, 2015, in solidarity with the global movement to protect Mauna Kea from further desecration. The museum representative was referred to AlohaValley.com, where the photos were showcased.
On July 15, 2017, HAALV became a chartered District Branch of Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina (KAHAA), The Hawaiian Patriotic League of the Hawaiian Islands.
On July 12, 2017, HAALV adopted 6 resolutions for submission to the 2017 Annual Convention of the League.
On March 11, 2017, HAALV participated in a forum hosted by the Clark County Library on the ongoing illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
On February 14, 2017, HAALV launched a Meetup group for social activities to connect with the local Lāhui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina--Hawaiian national body--in Las Vegas, and help bring them together as an organized local group that meets regularly. Our inaugural Meetup was held at the Las Vegas location of Cinnamon's Restaurant, opened on December 7, 2016
On November 26, 2016, HAALV hosted its second annual celebration of Lā Kūʻokoa (Hawaiian Independence Day), at Clark County Library. A presentation was given on the history of this most important holiday in the Hawaiian Kingdom, followed by a timeline of Hawaiian nationality. The educational event included discussion, pūpū (snacks), and kanikapila (music).
From November 13 through 20, 2016, at the 57th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (AHCC), held in Downtown Las Vegas at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, HAALV Pelekikena, Keokani Marciel, attended as a delegate of Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi, which has since turned in its charter to become a District Branch of Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian Patriotic League). At the Convention, Keokani raised points of order to challenge the 2015 decision of the AHCC Board of Directors, to unilaterally rescind and delete Resolution 14-28--Acknowledging the Continuity of the Hawaiian Kingdom as an Independent and Sovereign State--from the record, in clear violation of both the governing documents and parliamentary authority.
On November 11, 2016, the Pelekikena of HAALV, Keokani Marciel, became a Registered Parliamentarian (RP) accredited by the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP).
On September 10 and 11, 2016, HAALV joined forces with Kūʻē Petition Continues and the Queen's Women historical reenactment of Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi, at the Las Vegas Hoʻolauleʻa in Henderson.
On August 20, 2016, members of HAALV attended a presentation by resident Hawaiian flag historian, Patrick Kaʻanoʻi, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Ka Hae Hawaiʻi, the national flag of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
On August 13, 2016, members of HAALV attended a presentation held at Caesars Palace on the so-called "Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation" backed by proponents of U.S. federal recognition of a Hawaiian tribal government yet to be invented.
On August 6, 2016, HAALV delivered its first educational presentation, which featured a viewing of the biography film about Joseph Nāwahī, founder of the original Hawaiian Patriotic League. Originally scheduled for July 30, 2016, this event was intended to coincide with Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Sovereignty Restoration Day), the first holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
On June 25, 2016, HAALV held its inaugural public event, as an informal talk story session at (the now former) Braddah's Island Style restaurant, to solicit manaʻo (ideas) from the local Hawaiian community regarding Hawaiian national identity.
On May 28, 2015, HAALV was featured on the Little Grass Shack radio show, introducing Las Vegas to the Hawaiian Patriotic League movement and local activities to help educate the community about Hawaiian nationality and continuity of independence.
Beginning on January 9, 2016, mass 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 5, 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.
The entire month of December 2015 was devoted to constructing a placeholder website for the proposed Hawaiian Patriotic League of Las Vegas, which has evolved into this official website of HAALV.
The initiative to form a District Branch of Hui Aloha ʻĀina crystallized on November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.). Two days later, on November 28, 2015, Lā Kūʻokoa (Hawaiian Independence Day) was celebrated by 24 local Hawaiians and relatives in Downtown Las Vegas, at the Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery, in the Main Street Station Hotel & Casino. It was at this event that Keokani Marciel declared the initiative to form a local chapter of Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina, the historic Hawaiian patriotic society revered for its role in defeating annexation in 1893 and 1898.
On September 12 and 13, 2015, at the 25th annual Las Vegas Hoʻolauleʻa, an educational table about 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.
On April 8, 2015, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign witnessed an historic Aloha ʻĀina turnout of local Hawaiians. This came in the form of two waves, one during the morning, and the other during the evening, to accommodate work schedules in this 24-hour city. The gatherings were organized on social media in solidarity with the global movement opposed to the proposed construction of a multinational Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.
On July 27, 2014, Las Vegas was visited by a representative from the U.S. Department of Interior for a public meeting to discuss the department's proposal for federal recognition of "Native Hawaiians" similar to an American Indian tribe. Presentations and manaʻo (thoughts) were shared from both sides of the debate. Invited panelists included Dr. David Keanu Sai, political scientist and Hawaiian Kingdom legal expert, as well as Soulee L.K.O. Stroud, President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (AHCC).
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