Saturday, November 22, 2008

State Observes First Makahiki Commemoration Day

From the State Majority Caucus - Hawaiʻi State Senate Majority Leaders Office

Day focuses on peace, abundance, unity and conservation.

Today (Thursday, November 20th) marks the first official State observance of Makahiki Commemoration Day, which was designated for recognition by the 2008 Hawai‘i State Legislature. It is not a state holiday.

“Makahiki was a significant time throughout Polynesia,” said Senator J. Kalani English, the principal introducer of the bill that established Makahiki Commemoration Day. “Conflict and war were set aside for the four-month Makahiki season, and unity and peace prevailed. They also let the land lay fallow as they celebrated the harvest.”

To perpetuate the ancient wisdom of land conservation, abundance, unity and peace during the four months of Makahiki, Polynesian regional governments celebrate the Makahiki season and have designated November 20th as the start of the Makahiki observance. With today’s fist official observance of Makahiki Commemoration Day, Hawai‘i joins that group.

“This brings us closer to our land, our culture, and our brothers and sisters across Polynesia,” said English. “I hope everyone will take a moment today and reflect on all of our interconnections.”

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