Despite being informed of the nature of the Joke Proclamation upon which HCR82 is based, only one member of the Hawaii Senate Committee apparently minded passing a bill commemorating a hoax.
Senator Kokubun was sent the following message before his vote in favor of commemorating the hoax:
Aloha Mr. Kokubun! As a fellow Punahou alumnus, I thought I'd drop you a note regarding HCR82, which has recently been referred to your committee. Perhaps the legislators are not aware, but the proclamation of Grover Cleveland mentioned in HCR 82 is being incorrectly cited. The actual proclamation did not mention April 30th, but "the first day of April next", i.e., April 1st. The proclamation is not in any of Cleveland's letters or papers, but was printed in the New York Sun on February 27, 1894 on page 6. For more details regarding this proclamation, including images of the original newspaper printing of this proclamation, please see: http://morganreport.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Joke_Proclamation More detailed information regarding President Cleveland, and his changing reactions to the Hawaiian Revolution can be found here: http://morganreport.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=The_Rest_of_The_Rest_of_The_Story There are, of course, other major inaccuracies in HCR 82, but this one seems the most egregious. I can only assume that it would be fairly embarrassing for the Hawaii legislature to pass a bill based on a hoax. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Mahalo! -jere krischel
Perhaps they’ll recommend passage of a bill establishing October 30th as Martian Welcoming Day, based upon the Martian landing in 1938 at Grover’s Mill.