On the 175th anniversary of the end of British control of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a sculpture of Kamehameha III is dedicated at Thomas Square.
People gather Tuesday at Thomas Square for the dedication of the Kamehameha III sculpture near a a new sign bearing the inscription, “Ua Mauke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono” (“The sovereignty of the kingdom continues because we are righteous”).
A huge Hawaiian flag swirls on the mauka side of Thomas Square during the sculpture dedication exactly 175 years after five months of British control ended with control of the kingdom returned to King Kamehameha III.
People take their seats for the dedication ceremony at Thomas Square, where a $1 million-plus restoration project is ongoing.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, seated at right front among a group that includes sculptor Thomas Jay Warren, center.
Dancers from Na Pualei O Likolehua under the direction of Kumu Hula Niuli’i Heine perform during the dedication.
Honolulu firefighters approach the sculpture in a pass-and-review gesture of respect. Kamehameha III founded the fire department in 1850.
The dedication ceremony included a re-enactment of the lowering of the British flag and the raising of the Hawaiian flag by members of the Hawaii Civil War Round Table.
The Hawaiian flag flies alone at Thomas Square.