About Prince Kūhiō Festival
Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole was a prince of the reigning House of Kalākaua when the government of Queen Lili`uokalani was illegally overthrown in 1893. He later went on to become a politician in the Territory of Hawai`i as delegate to the United States Congress. Prince Kūhiō founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club on Dec 7, 1918, and led the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921.
In the early 1970s, in the month of March (Prince Kūhiōʻs birth month) parades and events honoring Prince Kūhiō were held in our island communities. These activitues included a pageantry of floats, equestrian units, marching units, and car cades of dignitaries. Hoʻolauleʻa and Hoʻikeʻike celebrations commemorated.
Today, the activities to honor Kūhiō have grown from the humble parades in those early years to month long activities.
Prince Kūhiō Parade in Kapolei
March 28, 2020
Start: 4:00pm (“Kapolei Hale” Kapolei Satellite City Hall)
End: 6:00pm (Ka Makana Aliʻi Shopping Center)
The Oahu Prince Kūhiō Parade is one of four large scale parades in the state of Hawaiʻi. This year for the first time, the Prince Kūhiō Parade has relocated to Kapolei.
Kapolei is the largest homestead sub-development in the state with nearly 1,700 homestead families calling it home. It is also the location where the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs are headquartered.
Want to kōkua? Click the links below to see how you and your organization can join the celebration.
March 14-15: Prince Kūhiō Celebration at the Waiʻanae Sunset on the Beach from 12pm-10pm. This event includes cultural displayʻs, food booths, health expo, keiki village, all day entertainment, keiki hula, hula hālau, crafts and more.
March 22: Aliʻi Sunday Services at Kawaihaʻo Church from 8:30-10:30am. All Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Associations and Hawaiian Societies come together in honor of our Aliʻi.
March 26: Maunaʻala Services from 8:30-9:30am where the Hawaiian Societies and Civic Clubs congregate in honor of Prince Kūhiō.
March 26: Haʻi ʻŌlelo Competition & Cultural Exhibit Ka Waihona Public Charter School will recognize and celebrate the life accomplishments of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole on March 26 from 4-7pm at Ka Makana Alii Center Stage with an exhibition of Hawaiian cultural practices including ha’i ōlelo, ku’i kalo, kuku kapa, hula, lei and be joined by various Hawaiian focused organizations hosting informational booths and activities.
March 28: 2020 Prince Kūhiō Parade & Hoʻolauleʻa in Kapolei, now home to the largest amount of Hawaiian Homesteads in the state will be the new site of the Prince Kūhiō Parade and Hoʻolauleʻa to follow at Ka Makana Aliʻi with entertainment, cultural workshops and informational booths. Hawaiian Royal societies, Hawaiian serving organizations, Hawaiian Homestead Associations and community organizations will participate in this annual parade. The Prince Kuhio Festival Committee has requested to move the Prince’s Parade from its traditional home in Waikiki to Kapolei for 2020. The parade will start at Kapolei Satellite City Hall and end at Ka Makana Aliʻi on March 28 from 4-6pm (Parade) and 5:30–8:30pm (Hoʻolauleʻa).
March 14: 10th Annual Anahola Prince Kūhiō Day Celebration that will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Anahola Beach Park. The event will have at least 4 interactive and learning activities for the ʻohana, for example, a new kāleka manu game, trivia about the Prince, aloha ʻāina patriot button making, etc. The event will also include food vendors, entertainment and honoring of leaders in the Anahola community who are perpetuating Prince Kūhiōʻs vision.
March 21: Prince Kūhiō Commemoration at Prince Kūhiō Park, Kauaʻi, which is an annual event since 1928 pays tribute to the Prince and his birthplace. The commemoration organized by the Royal Order, Kaumualiʻi Chapter, invites local Hawaiian agencies and organizations, including each of the Hawaiian societies to present tribute to the Prince and to reflect on his accomplishments during his lifetime. The event concludes with food and entertainment for all participants to enjoy.
April 4-5: Annual Lahaina Banyan Tree Prince Kūhiō Festival put on by the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club on Maui includes a weekend of exhibits, free keiki activities, made in Maui Artisits, Hawaiian music, haʻi ʻōlelo competition and hula.
March 28: Lā Kūhiō at Kulapae, the former site of Keaukaha Hawaiian Village on the island of Hawaiʻi will be organized by the Keaukaha Community Association. Lā Kūhiō includes a day of paying honor to the Prince, entertainment, food, dance, haʻi ‘ōlelo competition and education. The community and schools in the area come together to celebrate.
March 26-28: Prince Kūhiō Festival on Molokai with Church Services, Performances at Kūlana ʻŌiwi Hālau, lector and huakaʻi, and haʻi ʻōlelo competition. This event will be organized by the Kalamaula Homestead Association.