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.
History of the Hawaiian Patriotic League of Las Vegas, Nevada
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