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Martin Luther King Day in Hawaii
January 19, 2009

Martin Luther King Day has been a state holiday in Hawaii since January of 1989 when it officially replaced Discoverers' Day as a Hawaii state holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed every year in Hawaii on the second or third Monday of January. If you know about any Martin Luther King Day events in Hawaii that are not listed on this page please post a note in our Hawaii Forum or send a message to the email address on our contacts page.

Martin Luther King giving his I Have a
	Dream Speech in Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King giving his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington DC on August 28, 1963.
Plans are in the works to build a Martin Luther King National Memorial in Washington DC

Oahu Martin Luther King Day Events in 2009

2009 Waikiki Martin Luther King Day Parade

The 21st annual Martin Luther King Day Parade in Waikiki will take place on Monday, January 19, 2009. The parade will begin at Magic Island in Ala Moana Park at 9:00 a.m. and it will pass through Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue before ending at Kapiolani Park, on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki.

2009 Martin Luther King Unity Rally
A Martin Luther King Unity Rally will be held in Kapiolani Park on Monday, January 19, 2009 beginning about 11:00 a.m. The rally will feature live music and dance, ethnic and local food, community organization booths, and craft vendor booths.

2009 Martin Luther King and Presidential Inauguration Prayer
The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew will host a "Prayers for the Nation" service to honor Martin Luther King and 44th U.S. President Barack Obama on January 19, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. The Cathedral is located at 229 Queen Emma Square in the historic Capitol District of Downtown Honolulu. For more information call 808-524-2822, extension 214.

2009 Nagasaki Peace Bell Ringing Ceremony
Every year, the Sunday night before Martin Luther King Day, there is usually a Nagasaki Peace Bell Ringing Ceremony near the Honolulu Hale, followed by a candlelight procession to the Iolani Palace. I'm trying to confirm whether or not that event will happen in 2009.

Maui Martin Luther King Day Events in 2009

2009 Kahului Martin Luther King Day Parade
The 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace March will take place in Kahului on the island of Maui on Monday, January 19, 2009. The parade route will begin at Maui Community College and end at Hoaloha Park. The Maui Martin Luther King Peace March is presented by the African American Heritage Foundation of Maui to help "Keep the Dream Alive" using peaceful and non-violent means in recognition of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated in April of 1968.

Big Island Martin Luther King Day Events in 2009

2009 Earth Patriot Hip Hop Music and Dance Concert
On January 17, 2009 the Hilo Palace Theater will present an "Earth Patriot Hip Hop Music and Dance Concert" to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information visit the event schedule on the Hilo Palace Theater Web site.

Kauai Martin Luther King Day Events in 2009

2009 Celebration of Peace to Honor MLK
The Kukui Grove Center will host a special "Celebration of Peace" in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place on their center stage. The Kukui Grove Center is located at 3-2600 Kaumualii Highway in the town of Lihue on the east coast of Kauai. Here is a video clip from their 2008 MLK Day event:
- Dancing for MLK at Kukui Grove Center in 2008

About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Facts About Martin Luther King, Jr.
-Born Michael King on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia
-Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Moorehouse College in 1948
-Bachelor of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951
-Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955
-Married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953
-March on Washington "I Have a Dream" speech August 28, 1963
-Assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968
- Timeline of Martin Luther King's Life

Awards and Memorials
-Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964
-Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977
-First Martin Luther King National Holiday: January 20, 1986
-Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004
- MLK Memorial To Be Built in Washington D.C.

Martin Luther King Books and Videos
-Book: Autobiography of Martin Luther King
-Video: I Have a Dream
-Video: Been to the Mountaintop
-Video: History Channel: King
-Video: Citizen King
-Wall Prints: Martin Luther King, Jr. Posters

See also:
- African American Culture in Hawaii
- Famous African Americans in Hawaii's History
- Books About Black History in Hawaii

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