Prince Kuhio Day

Prince Kuhio Day
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One of only two holidays that is dedicated to royalty in the US.

• General: Educational • General: History

In Hawaii Prince Kuhio Day is celebrated every year on March 26th to mark the birth of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole. It's one of only two holidays dedicated to royalty in the U.S.A, the other being King Kamehameha Day.

Prince Kuhio was one of Hawaii's most beloved monarchs. He was born in Kaua'i on March 26, 1872 at what is now known as the Prince Kuhio Park and Birth Place. He was primarily educated in England and California. In 1903 he became the elected Republican delegate to the U.S. congress. He founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club.

Prince Kuhio sponsored a bill in 1919 calling for Hawaiian statehood. It was not until 1959 that his wish was realized. Kuhio dedicated his life to the well being of his people and today his life is celebrated annually on March 26th.