About Kawaiaha‘o Church — Ali‘i Sunday

Ali‘i Sunday

Kawaiaha‘o Church is considered the "State Church of Hawai‘i" where many significant historical landmark activities occurred.  Ali‘i (Hawaiian Chief) Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions which began about 1914.  In the mid 1970's, the Reverand Dr. Abraham Akaka inaugurated these services at Kawaiaha‘o Church as part of the larger cultural revival taking place in Hawai‘i to unite the people of Hawai‘i and to recognize the leadership our Ali‘i gave us as Christians.  We celebrate seven Ali‘i Sundays which are held as part of a larger series of celebrations as recognized by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts and the Hawaiian Civic Clubs and therefore always occur on or just before the birthday of the Ali‘i.

For specific dates of upcoming Ali‘i Sundays, please call the Kawaiaha‘o Church Office at 808-469-3000 to confirm the dates.

Birth Dates Names Ali‘i Sundays (2014)
January 31, 1835 King Lunalilo January 26
March 17, 1768 Queen Ka‘ahumanu March 16
March 26, 1871 Prince Jonah Kūhiō March 23
June 11, 1737 Kamehameha ‘Ekahi June 8
September 2 Queen Lili‘uokalani August 31
October 16, 1875 Princess Kaʻiulani October 12
December 11, 1830 King Kamehameha V December 7
December 19, 1831 Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop December 14

On these Sundays, the Societies and Hawaiian Civic Clubs proceed into the main sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. Representatives of selective groups pay tribute to the Ali‘i being honored. There is a Recession by these groups after the service.

Four benevolent Societies attend consistently in full regalia:
The Royal Order of Kamehameha I
‘Ahahui O Ka‘ahumanu
Hale O Nā Ali‘i O Hawai‘i
Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors-Māmakakaua

Aside from the four Societies, members of Hawaiian Civic Clubs named for or connected to the Christian Ali‘i also attend.

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