Tradition of Aliʻi Sundays at Kawaiahaʻo Church

Kawaiaha‘o Church is heralded as the “Westminster Abbey of Hawai‘i” built by God, through Na Ali‘i O Hawai‘i, for the people of Hawai‘i Nei. Kawaiaha‘o Church hosted many pivotal events that molded an island nation in strength, hope, faith and love.

Ali‘i Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiaha‘o Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970’s our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the chaos of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawai‘i’s people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke Akua, the Reverend Dr. Abraham Akaka rejuvenated these services as part of the larger cultural awakening already taking place. He reminded us of the importance “to unite as the people of Hawai‘i and to recognize the leadership our Ali‘i gave us as Christians.” We celebrate eight Ali‘i Sundays which are held as part of a larger series of celebrations recognized by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts and the Hawaiian Civic Clubs of which always occurs on or just before the birthday of the Ali‘i. We invite you to join us.

E komo mai iloko o Ka Halepule kākou. E Nānā I Ke Akua a me Nā Ali‘i O Hawai‘i Nei

2019 Aliʻi Sunday Schedule PDF

2018 Aliʻi Schedule

 January 27, 2019 King William Charles Lunalilo
Birthday: January 31, 1835
Kuleana ʻO Lunalilo Trust
 March 17, 2019 Queen Kaʻahumanu
Birthday: March 17, 1768
Kuleana ʻO Ahahui Kaʻahumanu
 March 24, 2019 Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole
Birthday: March 26, 1871
Kuleana ʻO Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu/ Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club
June 9, 2019 Kamehameha ʻEkahi (I)
Birthday: June 11, 1737 – 58, Circa
Kuleana ʻO Royal Order of King Kamehameha, I
August 4, 2019 Kamehameha ʻEkolu (III)
Birthday: August 11, 1813
Kuleana ʻO Royal Order of King Kamehameha, I
September 1, 2019 Queen Liliʻuokalani
Birthday: September 2, 1838
Kuleana ʻO Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center and Trust
October 13, 2019 Princess Kaʻiulani
Birthday: October 16, 1875
Kawaiahaʻo Church
December 8, 2019 Kamehameha ʻElima (v)
Birthday: December 11, 1830
Kuleana ʻO Royal Order of King Kamehameha, I
December 15, 2019 Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Birthday: December 19, 1831
Kuleana ʻO Kamehameha Alumni Association

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2018 Aliʻi Sunday Schedule PDF

2017 Aliʻi Sunday Schedule PDF



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