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Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day

This state holiday of Hawaii honors Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, a prolific Hawaiian royal prince and leader. On March 26, celebrations include festivals and parades. Some celebrations last the entire month of March or coincide with weeklong Hawaiian cultural festivals. It is also referred to as Prince Kuhio Day

Many schools and businesses are closed on this day. The events include cultural festivities such as canoe races, fire or hula dancing, Hawaiian music, and food. Also, citizens may visit the Prince’s location of burial at Oahu’s Royal Mausoleum.

About Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole

Prince Kuhio was born in on March 26, 1871 on the island of Kaua’i. He was schooled in both the Royal School, a private institution on Honolulu, and In San Mateo, California. He received the title of Prince after his cousin, Queen Liliuokalani, appointed him next to the throne. After graduating from business school in England, he was imprisoned and charged with treason for joining the Royalists against the new republic in 1895. He served a year in prison.

 

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