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Thanksgiving falls on the same day as La Ku’oko’a this year

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    Honolulu, HI (KITV) — Thursday is Thanksgiving, but it also marks an important day for Hawaiian Sovereignty Activists.

It’s called La Ku’oko’a — marking the day the Hawaiian Kingdom was officially recognized by Great Britain and France in 1843.

It was also celebrated as a public holiday but lost recognition after the islands were annexed to the United States.

“We’re trying to change the whole paradigm and put our own issues on the frontline and look at the past and questions some of the things we’ve been taught all of these years about what things we celebrate, and why we celebrate them,” said Hawaiian Sovereignty Activist Walter Ritte.

There have been efforts to make La Ku’oko’a state holiday in the past — all were unsuccessful.

Some native Hawaiians hope to get a bill passed to make that happen next legislative session.

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