An array of exciting cultural events -- including cultural site tours and workshops, an artesian fair, rodeo, canoe races, luau and music -- beginning on March 15, marks the annual statewide celebration and holiday.
Born in the Kauai sugar plantation town of Koloa on March 26, 1871 Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole was the nephew of King Davis Kalakaua (the Merry Monarch) and prince of the reigning House of Kalakaua when the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown in 1893.
Prince Kuhio was raised on Kauai, and studied both in California and abroad. He attended St. Matthew’s College in California, the royal Agricultural College in England, and then graduated from a British business school.
Photo courtesy of the Hawaii State Archives
Kuhio was appointed to a seat in the royal Cabinet administering the Department of the Interior, but his tenure did not materialize. American businessmen overthrew the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893. Kuhio joined other native Hawaiians in 1894 in an unsuccessful attempt to restore the monarchy. Prince Kuhio was arrested and sentenced to a year in prison. Following his release, Kuhio left Hawaii and traveled South Africa for several years and joined the British Army to fight in the Boer War, vowing “never to return to a Hawaii that appeared inhospitable to Hawaiians”.
When Kuhio returned, Hawaii had already been annexed as territory of the United States. If the Hawaiian monarchy had not been overthrown, Prince Kuhio probably would have become King of Hawaii upon the death of Queen Liliuokalani. He was, however, elected as Hawaii’s congressional delegate for 10 consecutive terms.
Kuhio was often called “the Prince of the Hawaiian People”, and is recognized for his efforts to preserve and strengthen the Hawaiian cause. While a delegate of Congress, he spearheaded the effort in the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act that provides lands for native Hawaiians to homestead. He served in Congress from 1903 until his death in 1922.
March 15 - Rodeo at CJM Stables in Poipu from 9 AM - 4 PM
March 21 - Commerative Ceremonies with the Royal Order of Kamehameha at Prince Kuhio Park on Lawai Road at 10 AM, complete with Native Hawaiian Cultural Practices and Protocol. Bring your camera!
- Garden Island Artesian Fair at Poipu Beach Park 9AM - 3PM
March 23 - Salt Making Demonstration at Salt Pond Beach Park 9:30 AM
March 24 - Royal Dinner at Plantation Gardens Restaurant, Poipu from 5:30 - 9:30 PM featuring traditional Hawaiian foods, music and hula
March 25 - Talk Story Session about the history, culture and traditions of Kauai's South Shore presented by "kupuna" or Hawaiian elders, with a Flora and Fauna Tour starting at 9 AM in the lobby of the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club, Poipu
March 26 - Makauwahi Cave Reserve Tour 9 AM - 11:30 AM east of the Hyatt where Hawaii's largest limestone cave and native plant reserve is located.
March 27 - Hawaiian Cultural Demonstrations at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort from 2PM - 7PM.
- Evening of Hawaiian Entertainmnet, Grand Hyatt Seaview Terrace 6:45-8PM
- Prince Kuhio Celebration Luau at Smith's tropical Paradise, Wailua 5PM
March 28 - 44th Annual Long Distance Canoe Race Men's Division begins at 8AM from Kalapaki Beach to Kukuiula Harbor; Women' start at 10z:30 AM from Kukuiula Harbor to Salt Pond Beach Park. Awards Ceremony at Salt Pond
- 5th Annual Prince Kuhio Day Celebration at Anahola Beach Park 11 AM - 5 PM with Arts, Crafts and Entertainment
-Hawaiian Entertainment at the grand Hyatt Seaview terrace 6 - 6:30 PM
- An Evening with Na Hoku Award Winner Henry Kapono 8 PM
- Opening Protocol, Taiko Drumming, Craft Fair and Cultural Demonstrations 8:30 AM - 3 PM, Grand Hyatt
For more information, contact George Thronas at (808) 240-6452 or email@example.com