H.Con.Res. 80: Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha

H.Con.Res. 80

Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
May 6, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.Con.Res. 80 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on March 24, 2009.

Bill Summary

The bill authorizes the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event on June 7, 2009, to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha.

Background

By 1810 King Kamehameha, after attaining control of the remainder of Hawai'i Island, as well as the Islands of Maui, Lana'i, and Moloka'I, had unified all the inhabited islands of Hawaii under his rule.

As king, Kamehameha placed capable followers in charge of large districts. He encouraged trade and peaceful activities, and he presided over the opening of Hawaii to the rest of the world. On May 8, 1819, King Kamehameha I, also referred to today as Kamehameha the Great, died at Kailua in the district of Kona on his home Island of Hawaii.

Historically, events are held around the statue of King Kamehameha in the Capitol (recently moved to the Capitol Visitors Center). Every year on Kamehameha Day (June 11, a state holiday in Hawai'i), there is the scene of a ceremony in honor of the king. The statue is draped with leis of flowers from Hawai'i and hula dancers per-form before portrayers of Kamehameha and Ka'ahu-manu.