21 Aug 2009

Subdued celebration to mark Hawaii statehood

2:49 pm on 21 August 2009

The organiser of historical walking tours to mark Hawaii's 50th anniversary of statehood says the occasion is being viewed as a commemoration rather than a celebration.

It's 50 years tomorrow since Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States.

Yuklin Aluli says the Native Hawaiian Bar Association in partnership with the Hawaii Pono'i Coalition are running walking tours which dramatise historical events leading up to statehood.

She says the anniversary is being acknowledged appropriately with little celebration, and the focus of the tour and other events has been on education.

"Just to give another perspective because before there was an admission into the United States as a state, there was an annexation and before there was an annexation there was the overthrow of our Queen. That's the name of our tour is 'Mai Poina', it means never forget."

Yuklin Aluli says there's been incredible interest in the walking tours, which attracted 140 people on the first day.