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A hoaxed 1894 Presidential Proclamation by Grover Cleveland was used as the basis for a 2006 propaganda circus spanning 5,000 miles, in April 2006, by Reverend Kaleo Patterson. It was covered by the Associated Press in an April 21, 2006 article apparently taking the hoax at face value. A year later, after being presented with concrete evidence regarding the nature of the hoax, Reverend Patterson nevertheless pushed a resolution through the State of Hawaii Legislature declaring the same date of April 30 for a day of prayer for Hawaiian restoration, and specifically citing Grover Cleveland’s (fake) proclamation in the whereas clauses justifying the resolution.

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