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Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day in United States

Quick Facts

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day is annually held in Hawaii on March 26 to honor Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole.

Local names

NameLanguage
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayEnglish
Día del Principe Jonah Kuhio KalanianaoleSpanish
נסיך Kuhio היוםHebrew
الأمير كوهيو يومArabic
프린스 쿠 히오 일Korean
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayGerman

Alternative name

Regatta Day

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

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

What do people do?

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.

Public life

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day is a state holiday in Hawaii so government offices, schools, and many businesses are closed. City transportation operates on a holiday schedule. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.

Background

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day remembers Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole’s life and his efforts to improve people’s lives in Hawaii. Prince Kuhio was born on the island of Kauai in 1871. He was Queen Liliuokalani’s cousin and she named him to be an heir to the throne so he was given the title of “prince”. He studied in California and at the Royal Agricultural College in England. He was 24 years old when he joined the Royalist uprising against the new republic in 1895 and was captured and convicted of treason.

Prince Kuhio later worked with the industrialists who overthrew the monarchy, believing that cooperation would bring political power that could help his people more than resistance would. He ran for the office of territorial delegate to the US congress and won. He was also re-elected 10 times. He focused on developing Pearl Harbor and Honolulu Harbor, regular mail delivery and the “back to the farm” movement during his tenure.

He is best remembered for his successful effort to get congress to pass the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to provide homesteads for native Hawaiians. He also introduced a bill in 1919, which requested that Hawaii be admitted into America as a fully fledged state. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. Prince Kuhio died in Waikiki, near Honolulu, on January 7, 1922, and a holiday was created to honor him in 1949.

Symbols

Various landmarks, including streets, beaches and buildings, in Hawaii are named after Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Various paintings and photographs of Prince Kuhio are still used in promotional material and information about Prince Kuhio and a statue in his likeness is found just off Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonMar 261990Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
TueMar 261991Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
ThuMar 261992Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 261993Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 251994Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
SatMar 261994Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
SunMar 261995Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
MonMar 271995Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
TueMar 261996Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
WedMar 261997Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
ThuMar 261998Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 261999Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
SunMar 262000Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
MonMar 272000Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
MonMar 262001Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
TueMar 262002Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
WedMar 262003Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 262004Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 252005Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
SatMar 262005Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
SunMar 262006Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
MonMar 272006Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
MonMar 262007Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
WedMar 262008Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
ThuMar 262009Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 262010Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 252011Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
SatMar 262011Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
MonMar 262012Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
TueMar 262013Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
WedMar 262014Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
ThuMar 262015Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
FriMar 252016Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
SatMar 262016Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
SunMar 262017Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
MonMar 272017Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observedState holidayHawaii
MonMar 262018Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
TueMar 262019Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii
ThuMar 262020Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole DayState holidayHawaii

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