Ali‘i Sunday


The tradition of Ali‘i Sundays at Kawaiaha‘o Church

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 midst of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawai‘i’s people and rekindle their strength and purpose in Ke Akua [God], 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 nine 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 Sundays or the Sunday just before the birthday of the Ali‘i.

Join us as we celebrate these Ali‘i and the many blessings from Ke Akua together.

January 31, 2021

King William Charles Lunalilo
January 31, 1835

March 14, 2021

Queen Ka‘ahumanu
March 17, 1768

March 21, 2021

Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole
March 26, 1871

June 6, 2021

Kamehameha ‘Ekahi (I)
Circa June 11, 1737-58

August 8, 2021

Kamehameha ‘Ekolu (III)
August 11, 1813

August 29, 2021

Queen Lili‘uokalani
September 2, 1838

October 10, 2021

Princess Ka‘iulani
October 16, 1875

December 5, 2021

Kamehameha ‘Elima (V)
December 11, 1830

December 19, 2021

Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop
December 19, 1831