‘Proud to be Hawaiian’

POIPU — The legacy of Prince Kuhio is about his dedication toward advancing the Hawaiian people while preserving their culture.

This was demonstrated Saturday with the train of hookupu offered at the bust of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, born on March. 26, 144 years ago at a site close to where the Prince Kuhio Park sits.

“I’m grateful for the 16 acres of land from A&B Hawaii,” said Julie Souza of Ahahui Kaahumanu. “I’m the last Hawaiian on Hoone Street, and the gift will ensure we will always have a greenbelt at Hoai.”

The Royal Order of Kamehameha observed the protocol of honoring the prince and helped kick off a week’s worth of celebration for Kuhio that runs through March 29 on the South Shore.

Anelle Amaral, president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, said she was glad to see the number of keiki participants — representing each of the public charter schools.

“The Hawaiian civic club is something created by Kuhio to perpetuate and rehabilitate the Hawaiian people and their culture,” Amaral said. “Today, we have 49 organizations in Hawaii. Our role is to teach and be leaders of the future. I’m glad to see the young people, who speak the language.”

Activities, ranging from cultural education, talk story, a Royal Dinner, and other events, fill out the week.

John Mahi of Alu Like said it is important for people to be at the service.

“I am proud to be Hawaiian,” he said.

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