Honor Prince Kuhio

Festivities honoring the birthday and birthplace of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, one of Hawai‘i’s most beloved in the kingdom’s line of royalty, are set for tomorrow and Saturday in the Poipu area.

Tomorrow evening will be a series of Hawaiian entertainers, Leilani Bond, Henry Kapono and the Ledward Ka‘apana performing at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, starting at 7 p.m. The concert is being presented in honor of Prince Kuhio’s birthday.

On Saturday at 10 a.m, commemorative ceremonies organized by the Royal Order of Kamehameha are held at Kuhio’s birthplace, Prince Kuhio Park, on Lawa‘i Road.

The ceremonies feature dance, chant and the offering of ho‘okupu (gifts) by various native Hawaiian representatives.

After the ceremony, visitors and residents may attend numerous activities at the Grand Hyatt Kauai which run between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Demonstrations and lectures are given by some of Hawai‘i’s most highly regarded artists, quilters, weavers, wood carvers and tapa makers.

From 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., the Prince Kuhio Celebration Lu‘au will be hosted by the Koloa Canoe Club at Joe’s on the Green with Hawaiian entertainment Na Palapalai, Na Hoku Hanohano, Kekai Chock, and Nick Castillo. Lu‘au cost is $40 for adults; $20 for children.

Prince Kuhio, in line for succession of the throne before the monarchy was overthrown, was known for his work to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and preserve Hawaiian practices.

Serving in the U.S. Congress for 10 years, Kuhio led the effort to establish the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

He was called Ke Ali‘i Maka‘ainana (Prince of the People).

For more information call: 240-6369.

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