State Archives Displays Anglo-French Declaration In Rare Viewing Opportunity
November 28th used to be observed as a National Holiday in the days of the Kingdom of Hawaii. La ku-okoa marked the day that the islands were first regarded as a sovereign nation and began the kingdom’s history of diplomacy around the world. On that day last week the State Archives had one of its treasured documents on display. It’s called the Anglo-French Declaration--and it officially acknowledged Hawaii as a nation----with standing equal to countries like France and England. Wednesday was the 175th anniversary of the signing of that treaty. HPR’s Catherine Cruz sat down with archivist Ronald Williams Jr. as he explained what that day and that document mean to Native Hawaiians.