Hawaii has had a colorful pageantry of history on its road to statehood within the USA, and one of our local historical figures is going to be recognized right here at Koloa Landing® Resort, in conjunction with Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School. Kawaikini is a proud educational institution that preserves the Hawaiian language and culture for a new generation of children, bringing our heritage into the 21st century. It is with great pride that Koloa Landing® once again collaborates with them to do our part for the Prince Kuhio Day Festival, with a special Prince Kuhio Celebration on March 26.

About Prince Kuhio

Prince Kūhiō was a member of the Hawaiian royal family that was illegally overthrown in 1893. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole was a member of the Hawaiian royal family that was illegally overthrown in 1893. He was born on the island of Kauai in 1871. He was Queen Liliuokalani’s cousin, and she named him as an heir to the throne, thus he was bestowed the title of “prince”. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole spent time studying in California as well as at the renowned Royal Agricultural College located in England. In addition to his work in the local community, he also appointed native Hawaiians to government positions. He was pivotal in promoting the Hawaii Statehood Act.

He became an important cornerstone of Hawaiian politics, becoming our delegate to the United States Congress and representing us as a territory. He was a key member of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921, and to this day, we recognize and honor his efforts to preserve Hawaiian tradition and culture with many schools, streets, beaches and buildings named after him, in addition to a statewide holiday.

Because of this, it is our privilege and honor to team up with Kawaikini School to once again recognize this important figure in Hawaiian history. Due to the importance of this event, we expect availability to disappear quickly; we only have a capacity of 500 for the space, and don’t expect it to last!

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day Master of Ceremonies

The Prince Kuhio Day event is one of the most popular festivals in Kauai and will be hosted by our Master of Ceremonies, Kauai’s “Boom Shaka Laka” Maka Herrod, who is the resident expert when it comes to preserving the art of the Hula, as well as many other forms of Hawaiian dance and music. There will also be a special performance by Weldon Kekauoha, a Na Hoku Hanohano award winner, the Hawaiian version of the Grammys, in which we recognize the significant musical contributions of our artists. Other performances will also take place by Hula Hālau Tamatea Nui o Kaua’i, Aulani Viluan, Nā Keiki o Hālau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinā’ala, and Nā Haumāna o Kawaikini.

Parts of our celebration will include a silent auction for donations, and a lūʻau, so it’s going to be packed with all the best that Hawaiian hospitality has to offer. We will mix in a bit of history, a bit of charity, and an evening that shows everyone why Hawaii is such a special place, and why we are all proud to be a part of this unique, beautiful part of the world.

You Don’t Want to Miss Out

If you have an interest in immersing yourself in what it is to be Hawaiian, and celebrating a part of our history, then join in the festivities of our Prince Kūhiō Day celebrations. Learn about our culture and the important people that have made a difference to us, and enjoy the food, fun, music and tradition that are such a cornerstone of who we are today.

But you’ll have to hurry and include the event on your vacation holiday schedule. While we welcome everyone to attend, we have limited space, and this is an important event, so availability won’t last. Don’t miss out on a chance to experience the history of Kauai and its culture, ask about how you can take part in the Prince Kūhiō Celebration at Koloa Landing® Resort, the best Kauai beach resort today.