Kuhio celebrated in Anahola

Maka Herrod, Kaui Kitashima and Chanel Flores will guide people through the 6th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration, March 19 at the Anahola Beach Park from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The free family event reaffirms the leadership, stewardship, and vision of Prince Kuhio and his legacy of perpetuating the growth of a healthy Hawaiian community on ‘aina ho‘opulapula, or homesteads land.

March 26 is observed as Kuhio Day in Hawaii, a state holiday that was established in 1949 to mark the birth of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole Pi‘ikoi who was also known as the “Citizen Prince,” states a biography in the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Chapter No. 3 “Kaumuali‘i.”

Kuhio served as a delegate from Hawaii from 1902 until his death in 1922, and one of his greatest contribution to the Hawaiian people was the establishment of the Hawaiian Homes Commission which promised native Hawaiians homesteads.

On Kauai, Anahola was one of the sites after passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act in 1921 where 200,000 acres of land were set aside for Hawaiian homesteads on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Hawaii island, and Molokai.

Kuhio also restored the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, the current membership being the caretaker of the Prince Kuhio Park in Poipu, located in the vicinity of where Kuhio was born.

Kuhio also established the Hawaiian Civic Club as further efforts to perpetuate and rehabilitate the Hawaiian people and their culture. Anahola is one of the 49 distinct organizations across Hawaii and the mainland United States.

La Contrades, one of the Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration, said the free event will also celebrate the contributions of Gaylord and June Williams for their exceptional contributions and dedication to ministry in the Anahola community at Camp Faith.

From the opening ceremonies and protocol, including ho‘okupu, at 11 a.m., patrons can participate in educational, health, and wellness exhibits while enjoying the slate of entertainment and hula performances.

Groups scheduled to perform include the Kawaikini charter school, Aha Punana Leo preschool, Pono Breeze, Hawaiians Like Us, Ori Uvira, the Kanuikapono charter school, and Lady Ipo.

Free waterslides, craft and food booths will also be available.

Those needing assistance in the form of an interpreter, assistive learning device, or alternate format of materials can contact Toni at 634-6562 at least one week ahead of the event.

The Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration, an alcohol and drug free event, is sponsored by the County of Kauai, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Ka Hale Pono.

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