Caldwell Welcomes Hawaiian Guests With Second Annual Presidential Lua'u
Hawaiian Restoration Day marks President Grover Cleveland's efforts to restore monarchy. Birthplace receives grant from Historic Trust for first phase of Visitors Center.
The sound of Polynesian music and the scent of barbecue pig filled the air in Caldwell Saturday night, when the second annual Presidential Lua'u welcomed Hawaiian guests to the birthplace of President Grover Cleveland.
For the sixth year, a group of representatives from the Pacific Justice Reconciliation Center in Hawaii visited the Grover Cleveland Birthplace in Caldwell. Restoration Day, April 30, is a date officially recognized by the state of Hawaii to acknowledge Cleveland's support of Hawaii's monarchy after it was overthrown by American businessmen in 1893. Cleveland ordered that the power of the monarchy and Queen Lili’uokalani be restored.
The luau took place in the gym at Trinity Academy adjacent to the Grover Cleveland house property. Food, including a roasted pig and several Hawaiian inspired side dishes, was provided by Hog Wild BBQ entertainment was provided by Polynesian Dance Productions.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace President David Cowell announced the Historic Trust has awarded a grant that will fund the first phase of plans to create a Visitors Center on the property of the birthplace. The grant will also fund a plan to market Caldwell's unique history as the only birthplace of a U.S. President in the state.
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