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Sep 09, 2015

The Queen's Birthday

Commemorating the Queen’s birthday at Mauna ʻAla, the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaiʻi, is an annual tradition. 

This September 2nd marked the 177th anniversary of Queen Liliʻuokalani’s birth.  With the Royal Hawaiian Band playing, trustees and staff, as well as distinguished representatives from our fellow aliʻi trusts, the Kawananakoa family, Mamakakaua, the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu, the Daughters of Hawaii, delegates from the U.S. Congress and the Hawaii State governor, along with countless other well wishers gathered to honor our Queen and her legacy and to offer hoʻokupu.

Trustee Patrick K.S.L. Yim delivered the welcome address, in which he spoke of the good health and significant growth of the Queen’s trust and how, now, with the trust’s financial foundation secure, we must broaden our scope of work to have an even greater impact on Hawaiian children and families in need. 

“We know that to be more effective in the future, we must expand the reach of our services.  We know that we must expend resources, not only to address the symptoms of poverty amongst our people.  We know that we must, instead, initiate, promote, and pursue transformational social changes to directly attack the root causes of our beneficiaries’ poverty, and the resulting dysfunction.” 

Judge Yim also announced the establishment by the trust of an endowment — the Queen Lili'uokalani Distinguished Professorship in Native Hawaiian Culture — at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to honor the life and legacy of Queen Lili'uokalani.  This endowment will create an educational program anchored in Native Hawaiian cultural knowledge, practices and values, and strengthen the training of future social workers working with Native Hawaiian children, families and communities.

In addition to being Hawaii’s monarch, committed to the wellbeing of orphan and destitute Hawaiian children, Queen Lili’uokalani was a scholar, an extraordinary musician, and an astute businesswoman.  We believe she would be pleased with the state of her trust and the direction we are headed as we strive to fulfill her mission to best serve her beneficiaries, now and in perpetuity.

ʻE ʻonipaʻa kākou!

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