Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaianaole was born in Kauai in 1871 and his birthday, March 26, is celebrated as a Hawaii state holiday. If you visit Hawaii around his holiday, you may have an opportunity to join in celebrations of this beloved Hawaiian prince.
Prince Kuhio was the last reigning prince in Hawaii who became a politician representing Hawaii in Washington, D.C, decades before Hawaii became a state. In fact, he is credited for introducing the first statehood bill to U.S. Congress in 1919.
When you visit Hawaii, you’ll see buildings, parks and streets named after Prince Kuhio. If you’d like to learn more about this celebrated prince, you can do so as follows:
– Visit the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Oahu. This museum is an amazing place to visit to learn about Hawaiian history and culture.
– Visit his birthplace in the Poipu Beach area off Lawai Road in the Koloa, Kauai. The photo below shows the birthplace.