Prince Kuhio honored on South Shore this weekend

A day-long celebration of the birth, life and influence of Hawai‘i’s beloved monarch, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole is planned for Saturday in Poipu.

According to a press release, there will be events that will educate on significant aspects of Hawaiian society staged from 9 a.m to sunset at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

Known as “Prince Kuhio,” the monarch proved very influential in bringing attention and honor to numerous important aspects of the Hawaiian civilization and culture. In addition, the Royal Order of Kamehameha will be hosting a commemorative ceremony at Prince Kuhio’s birthplace, Prince Kuhio Park, in Po‘ipu at 10 a.m. The day ends with a luau staged in Prince Kuhio’s honor, organized by the Koloa Canoe Club, held at Joe’s on the Green.

The events surrounding this celebration are open to the public and are free of charge except for the luau.

Events planned for the celebration at the Hyatt Regency Kauai include numerous demonstrations of Hawaiian cultural traditions, such as kapa making, poi pounding, wood carving, coconut weaving, lau hala weaving, net display, feather work, and herbal medicine. There will also be displays of Hawaiian canoes and shells. In addition, throughout the entire day, there will be demonstrations and teachings of ancient hula, modern hula, ‘ukulele, nose flute, hula aerobics and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Also on the schedule are lessons in making jewelry with seeds and shells as well as weaving lau hala. Kits will be offered at a small fee.

Numerous acts are lined up to entertain in Grand Hyatt’s Seaview Lobby from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cultural demonstrations take place in Stevenson’s Library and the Ilima Foyer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At Prince Kuhio Park on Lawa‘i Road in Po‘ipu, the Royal Order of Kamehameha will conduct their commemorative ceremony honoring Prince Kuhio’s birthday at 10 a.m. The public is invited to observe. Luau entertainment includes Makaha Sons with special guest Robi Kahakalau. There is a charge for the luau ($35 for adults and $15 for children). For more information on the events at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, call Stella Burgess at 240-6369. For information about the luau, call Norah at 482-0594 or Christine at 346-7272.

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