Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day, also known as Prince Kuhio Day, is a state holiday in Hawaii in the United States. It is observed on March 26 every year and honors Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, one of the best-known leaders in Hawaii’s history.

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day in Hawaii honors Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (pictured above). Courtesy Hawaii State Archives

Prince Kuhio Day celebrations are held in Hawaii on or around March 26. The celebrations vary in duration and are celebrated by festivals and parades. There are celebrations in honor of Prince Kuhio that last for one month in March, as well as week-long festivals that showcase Hawaii’s cultural practices, customs, and traditions.

Festivals may feature statewide canoe races, cultural demonstrations, and luaus. A luau it is a way to celebrate a variety of occasions and includes music, dance, games, and food. Health organizations actively participate in the month-long Prince Kuhio celebrations as a way of increasing people’s awareness on health issues. Many people also commemorate Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day by attending special services at Oahu’s Royal Mausoleum, where Prince Kuhio is buried.

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