Monday, July 30, 2018


Liko Martin & Dawn Wasson Honored

Hawaiian Musician Liko Martin, (l) accepts the award from Hawaiian Kingdom National Leon Siu

Accepting for the late Dawn Wasson is Kalani Asam (r)

The Koani Foundation awarded its sixth annual Hawaiian Kingdom Patriot Awards honoring two Hawaiian Kingdom patriots yesterday, Sunday, July 29th at Thomas Square in Honolulu.

The award presentation took place as part of a daylong observance of La Ho`iho`i Ea, Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day.

Liko Martin and the late Dawn Wasson are the 2018 honorees.

Famed composer and singer Liko-o-Kalani Martin was honored in recognition of his years of composing and performing songs highlighting Hawaiian Kingdom patriotism, the Kingdomʻs history as well as itʻs continued existence. Liko Martin is being given the Living Patriot Award.

The late Dawn Kahalaomapuana Tautafa Kaaihue Keaweamahi Wasson was honored posthumously for her advocacy of protecting  Hawai`iʻs people and lands.

“Likoʻs music and life continue to inspire countless others and reminds us all that the Hawaiian Kingdom is still very much alive today,” states Koani Foundation director Leon Siu.

“Aunty Dawnʻs passion and absolute love for her people as well as her tireless dedication to making Hawai`i a better place for all was amazing,” added Siu.

Both Liko Martin and Aunty Dawn Wasson are inspirational examples of what it means to live oneʻs life as a Hawaiian Kingdom patriot.

Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day marks July 31,1843 when British Admiral Richard Thomas ordered the Union Jack lowered and the Hawaiian Kingdom flag hoisted above Honolulu, ending five months of British occupation and restoring the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom government to legitimate power.

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