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Prince Kuhio Festival - Pualeilani at Royal Hawaiian Center

2017 Prince Kūhiō Festival
Parade – Ho‘olaule‘a and Hō‘ike‘ike – Choral Concert- Ceremonies

(Honolulu, HI) – The Prince Kūhiō Festival is a series of events, ceremonies and activities celebrating the birthday of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole. The annual Prince Kūhiō Commemorative Parade followed by the Prince Kūhiō Ho‘olaule‘a and Hō‘ike‘ike is on Saturday March 25, 2017.

Prince Kūhiō was a prince of the reigning House of Kalākaua when the government of Queen Lili‘uokalani was illegally overthrown in 1893. He later assumed the highest elected position in Hawai‘i, as Delegate of his people in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1902 through 1922, and led the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921.

Prince Kūhiō founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club on December 7, 1918. Since then, the Hawaiian Civic Clubs have grown to a confederation clubs throughout the State of Hawai‘i and in several cities on the continent. The people of the State of Hawai‘i acknowledge his many contributions and have memorialized the Prince by naming schools, buildings, streets, and beaches after him, and designating March 26th as a state holiday honoring his birth.

More details and information on Prince Kūhiō Festival events can be found at www.princekuhiofestival.org

2017 Prince Kūhiō Festival programs:

Name: Pualeilani
Location: Royal Hawaiian Center
Date: March 18, 2017
Time: Saturday 2pm-7pm
Cost: Free

The Prince Kuhio Festival and Royal Hawaiian Center will deliver a family friendly immersive Hawaiian experience for kama‘aina and malihini. The event provides an opportunity for Native Hawaiian artists, musicians, cultural specialists and artisans to share the rich aspects of Hawaiian Culture. The event will feature arts and crafts vendors, hawaiian cultural demonstrations and live music.

Name: Prince Kūhiō Mauna’ala Services
Location: Royal Mausoleum
Date: Friday March 24, 2017

The Royal family, Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Hawaiian Home Steaders, and others gather to commemorate the life and achievements of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole at the Royal Mausoleum in Nu‘uanu

Name: Prince Kūhiō Commemorative Parade
Location: Saratoga/Kalākaua to Kapi‘olani Park
Date: Saturday March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Cost: Free

The parade honors the accomplishments of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole, founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and proponent of the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1921. A unique parade, it honors the dedication and commitment of a multitude of individuals and organizations who work year-round to practice and to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and who enhance the welfare and well-being of the Native Hawaiian community. Malihini and kama‘āina, alike, learn about the work of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Royal Societies; the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Hawaiian Homestead Associations; the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Alu Like, Inc.; the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, and numerous community organizations, hālau hula, and marching units. Each year members of the Royal Societies (Royal Order of Kamehameha, Ka‘ahumanu Society, Hale O Nā Ali‘i, and Mamakakaua) also participate. Rare Hawaiian flags of the Hawaiian Kingdom are featured.

Name: Prince Kūhiō Ho‘olaule‘a/Hō‘ike‘ike
Location: Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand
Date: Saturday March 25, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Ho‘olaule‘a / Ho‘ike‘ike at Kapi‘olani Park features Hawaiian Civic Clubs and their members providing tasty food booths, Hawaiian arts and crafts and Free entertainment. There are also exhibits by various Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses.

Name: Ali‘i Sunday
Location: Kawaiaha‘o Church
Date: Sunday March 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Kawaiaha‘o Church is considered the “State Church of Hawai‘i” where many significant historical landmark activities occurred. Ali‘i Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions which began about 1914. In the mid 1970′s, the Reverand Dr. Abraham Akaka inaugurated these services at Kawaiaha‘o Church. Services are attended by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts, Hawaiian Civic Clubs and the public.

Name: Prince Kūhiō Choral Concert
Location: Kawaiaha‘o Church
Date: Sunday March 26, 2017
Time: 7:0 p.m.0-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Hawaiian a cappella singing is rare. This year, under the direction of choral master, Nola A. Nahulu and produced by Kawaiolaonāpūkanileo (Hawaiian Vocal Ensemble). The Prince Kūhiō Choral Concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and features groups such as Kawaiolaonāpūkanileo, Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus, UH Mānoa Hawaiian Chorus and the Kawaiaha‘o Church Choir. Through each choral arrangement, the audience learns about historical places and prominent persons in Hawaiian history. The concert is free.