Presented by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
On the 100th year of her passing, Queen Liliʻuokalani serves as an inspiration for the Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) to courageously innovate and blaze pathways towards its vision of thriving Hawaiian children.
Consider the trauma the Queen experienced in her lifetime—a measles epidemic, the death of her husband and brother, the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a trial and imprisonment, and a failed campaign to block Annexation. The Queen remained resilient despite her suffering. In 1909, she established LT to help the most vulnerable children, specifically, those orphaned or otherwise destitute.
Creating pathways to thriving
Today, Native Hawaiian children are overrepresented in statistics on teen pregnancy, youth incarceration, poverty and homelessness (see below). LT Chairman Thomas Kaulukukui, Jr. notes that, “the needs of disadvantaged keiki persist over decades and increase in scale; it is incumbent on us to nurture the resiliency of our kamaliʻi.”
LT aims to change these trends and to shift its focus to the wellbeing of our kamali‘i. Charged last year by the trustees to end the cycle of poverty for Native Hawaiians, LT has reorganized and unveiled a new strategic direction and vision.
Visioning the future
The leadership of LT recognizes that maximizing its impact is its kuleana. “We are blessed with a growing endowment that allows us to dream big. We’re self-funded and independent so we can do things others cannot,” said Robert Ozaki, President and Chief Executive Officer. “If we don’t dream up to undertake the big stuff, then shame on us,” he said. “In an exponential world, where everything is changing really fast, we need to take larger steps, leaps, and risks to prepare our kids for a new world.”
LT recently shifted its approach: focusing their high-impact programs and services on the most vulnerable Native Hawaiian kamali‘i and expanding their impact with a bold, multi-pronged approach—one that invites community partnerships, relies on measurable results, and values the ability to stay nimble and change with the changing times.
In addressing the necessary change that LT is undergoing, Chairman Kaulukukui said: “We are going to serve our Hawaiian children better, with lasting effects. We are going to make systemic changes to attack the core maladies that plague our children. We are going to positively affect current and future generations of Hawaiian children in ways that no organization has.” It’s a bold and ambitious vision, and yet one that directly honors and builds on the Queen’s dream. “Her legacy,” said Kaulukukui, “is our inspiration.”
LT Mission statement:
We BELIEVE in the resiliency of our Hawaiian children. We ADVOCATE and work towards systemic change for their well-being and BUILD them pathways to thriving lives.
Nani Na Pua Eo E Lili‘u
Nov. 10, 5 and 7 p.m.
The Hawaiʻi Youth Opera Chorus presents music written by and for Queen Liliʻuokalani, including excerpts of the newly commissioned opera “Nani Na Pua” by Native Hawaiian composer Herb Mahelona, which is based on her life as a child attending Royal School. Reserved seating $10, general admission free. Kawaiahaʻo Church, www.hyoc.org.
Nov. 11, 8 a.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. more than 200 churches across the island chain will sound their bells to honor the Queen, just as it happened 100 years ago at the announcement made at the exact hour by Court Chamberlain Colonel Curtis Iaukea.
A centennial observance of this day will be filled with the sounds of church bells, pahu, oli and kanikau from every mokupuni. Church bells will toll 100 times, pahu will sound 100 times, 100 pū will resonate, 100 ʻōlapa will dance in honor of our Queen. Come and be a part of Aloha Liliʻu on Nov. 11 at the Queen’s Promenade and Statue at 8 a.m.
For more information visit www.alohaliliu.org.
Concert and Remembrance Speech
Nov. 11, 5 p.m.
The Royal Hawaiian Band will perform at 5 p.m. at ʻIolani Palace, followed by a remembrance speech at 6 p.m. by Rev. Malcolm Chun.
How does Queen Liliʻuokalani’s legacy resonate today?
2017 Native Hawaiian Convention to share their thoughts about her lasting legacy. – Kawena Carvalho-Mattos