March 26, 2012

Honoring the life of Prince Jonah Kuhio

Ke Ali‘i Maka‘ainana

The People's Prince


Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘oli Pi‘ikoi
Born March 26, 1871, Hoai, Kualu, Kaua‘i
Died January 7, 1922, buried at Mauna‘ala, O‘ahu

In 1871, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaʻole Pi‘ikoi was born next to the beautiful bay of Hoai on the sunny south shores of Koloa, Kaua‘i.  He was a great-grandson of Kaumuali‘i, the last king of Kaua‘i. The story of his life is already well written. 

Every year in celebration of Prince Jonah Kuhio's birthday, various events are held throughout Hawai‘i, especially on his birth island of Kaua‘i, where our local community welcomes two weeks of numerous birthday festivities. 
Blessings to Prince Kuhio

The Royal Order of Kamehameha, Kaumuali‘i Chapter 3, along with Na Wahine Hui o Kamehameha, commemorates Prince Kuhio with a tribute held at his birthplace of Hoai (Prince Kuhio Park).  The Kaumuali‘i Chapter have been caretakers of his home site since 1924 when the Royal Order held their first Territorial Convention on Kaua‘i. One of the convention's resolutions included the restoration of Prince Kuhio's birthplace. The land was donated to the Royal Order of Kamehameha by the McBryde Sugar Co. through Alexander and Baldwin.  In 1928, a monument (sculpted by Julius Rosenstein of New York and Boston) was erected in honor of the Prince and commemorations have been held ever since.  The annual birthday celebration by the Kaumuali‘i Chapter includes tributes from numerous Hawaiian Royal orders and civic clubs, with dignitaries from the State of Hawai‘i and the County of Kaua‘i.  Many Hawaiian non-profit organizations, the local community, and several schools participate as well, all offering their reverential "ho‘okupu" (ceremonial gift).


Hale o Na Ali‘i

Keiki o Kaua‘i

Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Kaumuali‘i Chapter 3

Hale o Na Ali‘i

Mayor Bernard Carvalho and Keiki o Kaua'i

‘Aha Hui o Ka‘ahumanu

Queen Deborah Kapule and Hanalei Hawaiian Civic Clubs

Keiki o Kaua‘i

Keiki o Kaua‘i
Ho‘okupu to Prince Kuhio

at his birthplace of Hoai, Kualu, Koloa, Kaua‘i

Prince Jonah Kuhio
(after c. 1905)
Makua ‘Aina Ho‘opulapula





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