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Ma Hope Ho'i Ma Mua

Whereas, in order to promote racial harmony and cultural understanding, the Legislature of the State of Hawaii has determined that the year 1993, should serve Hawaii as a year of special reflection on the rights and dignities of the Native Hawaiians in the Hawaiian and the American societies; Hawaii State Capital
Whereas, the Eighteenth General Synod of the United Church of Christ in recognition of the denomination's historical complicity in the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 directed the Office of the President of the United Church of Christ to offer a public apology to the Native Hawaiian people and to initiate the process of reconciliation between the United Church of Christ and the Native Hawaiians; and

United Church of Christ Apology, 1993

Why does the church have to apologize? Because during the overthrow, they told the people not to get involved. But they got involved with the revolutionists.

We stand before you, we of the United Church of Christ to repent of wrongs done na Kanaka Maoli by the United Church of Christ. I will apologize for the involvement of some of those who preceded us in the unprovoked invasion of the Hawaiian nation on this date, 1893, that harm has been done because of assumptions of cultural and racial superiority that some among us brought and continue to bring to these islands. May God help us.

Ma Hope Ho'i Ma Mua