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Prince Kuhio Festival

March 24, 2018 - March 31, 2018


The 2018 Prince Kūhiō Commemorative Parade is Saturday March 24, 2018 in Waikīkī followed by the Prince Kūhiō Ho‘olaule‘a and Hō‘ike‘ike at the Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand. The Prince Kūhiō Parade highlights a series of events, ceremonies and activities organized by The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs to celebrate the birthday of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole who founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club on December 6, 1918.

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 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 December 6, 1918 and led the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921. 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 his birthday as a state holiday, which will be observed this year on Monday March 26th.

The Prince Kūhiō Festival is sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and Kamehameha Schools. More details and information can be found at www.princekuhiofestival.org

Planned activities include the following:

Prince Kūhiō Festival Cultural Demonstration

Location: Royal Hawaiian Center
Date: March 17, 2018
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: Free

The Prince Kūhiō Festival and Royal Hawaiian Center will deliver a family friendly immersive Hawaiian experience for kama‘āina 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, live music and hula dancers. There will be at least one activity in each of these categories. These unique offerings will create a rare opportunity for locals and visitors to be up close and personal with aspects of our living Hawaiian culture while enjoying all that the Royal Hawaiian Center has to offer.

Demonstrations: Kapa Making, Poi Pounding, Lei Making, Hawaiian Language games and more

Prince Kūhiō Festival/Loko Ea 8K Run & Walk

Location: Haleʻiwa Beach Park
Date: March 18, 2018
Time: 6:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: Registration Fees: $30 for Students & Kupuna, $35 for Active/Retired/Veteran Military, $40 Individual. Registration includes: Event t-shirt, bib # with timing chip and a finishers medal.

This entertaining and exciting event held in historic Haleʻiwa offers a scenic beach route. With sweeping views across Waialua Bay to Mount Kaʻala, participants will step foot on an old WWII runway and gain access to private land used in many TV & Movie productions. The route begins at Haleʻiwa Beach War Memorial Statue, then to Aliʻi Beach Park, Kaiaka Bay Beach Park, Puaʻena Point, Papaʻiloa Beach and back to Haleʻiwa Beach Park. A fun 1 mile course is available. All ages are welcome. ʻOhana Festival to follow the run/walk event. Proceeds from this fundraiser go towards the restoration projects and educational programs at Loko Ea Fishpond.

Prince Kūhiō Statue Lei Draping

Location: Prince Kūhiō Statue Waikīkī
Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 7:30am
Cost: Free

Inviting the Hawaiian Civic Clubs, community members and malihini to gather at Prince Kūhiō’s statue to honor him and his legacy.

Prince Kūhiō Commemorative Parade

Location: Saratoga/Kalākaua to Kapiʻolani Park
Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – Noon
Cost: Free

The parade honors the accomplishments of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club Movement and proponent of the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1920. A unique parade will honor the dedication and commitment of a multitude of individuals and organizations who work year round to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture while enhancing the welfare and wellbeing of the Native Hawaiian community. Malihini and kamaʻāina alike will learn about the work of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and learn about Royal Societies, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Alu Like, Inc., The Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust and numerous community organizations, hālau hula and marching units are invited to participate. Each year members of the Royal Societies (Royal Order of Kamehameha, Kaʻahumanu Society, Hale O Nā Aliʻi and Mamakakaua) Schools and the Royal Hawaiian Band also participate.

Prince Kūhiō Ho‘olaule‘a/Hō‘ike‘ike

Location: Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand
Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

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

Ali‘i Sunday

Location: Kawaiaha‘o Church
Date: March 25, 2018
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 in 1914. In the mid 1970’s, Reverend Dr. Abraham Akaka inaugurated these services at Kawaiaha‘o Church. Ali’i Sunday Services at Kawaiaha‘o Church, in honor of Prince Kūhiō, occur on the Sunday before his birthday. Services are attended by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Parishioners of Kawaiahaʻo Church and the public.

Prince Kūhiō Choral Concert

Location: Kawaiaha‘o Church
Date: March 25, 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30 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 pm and features groups such as Kawaiolaonāpūkanileo, Hawai‘i Youth Opera Chorus, UH Mānoa Hawaiian Chorus, Community Choral Groups 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.

Prince Kūhiō Festival – Waikiki By Moonlight

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel – Pualeilani Atrium
Date: March 31, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Hawaiian Organizations will Honor Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole in partnership with the Prince Kūhiō Festival under our Beautiful Hawaiian Moonlight. The Organizations are: Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, The Legacy Trees, Waikiki Improvement Association, The Kalama ʻOhana and Hawaiian Music Walk of Fame.

Holokū Ball

Location: Pōmaikaʻi Ballroom, Dole Cannery
Date: March 31, 2018
Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $160 – $10,000

The Holokū Ball is an annual fundraiser held by the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu to raise funds to sponsor it’s scholarships to our youth.


March 24, 2018
March 31, 2018
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Prince Kuhio Festival, Festivals & Parades


Saratoga/Kalākaua to Kapi‘olani Park
Saratoga Rd
Honolulu, HI United States
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