Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day

National and Public Holidays in Hawaii, USA State Holiday in Hawaii

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day is celebrated on the first Monday in August in Hawaii, USA.
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The prince of the Kingdom of Hawai'i until it was overthrown by a coalition of American and European businessmen in 1893

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day is an official state holiday observed in Hawaii, USA.

It is celebrated annually on 26 March, to mark the birth of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole. If 26 March falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the nearest weekday.

History of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day

Prince Jonah Kuhio was born on 26 March 1871 into Hawaiian nobility. By the age of 13, he was an orphan as both parents had died by 1884. He was adopted by Queen Kapiʻolani, who was his aunt, making Kuhio a prince of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893 and in 1895, Kuhio participated in an ill-fated rebellion against the Republic of Hawaiʻi. For his part in the rebellion Kuhio was sentenced to a year in prison. After his release, and with Hawaii now part of the USA, Kuhio travelled in Europe and even fought for the British in the Second Boer War.

He eventually returned to Hawaii and became active in politics, joining the Home Rule Party of Hawaii, which represented native Hawaiians and advocated Hawaiian independence.

He went on to become a representative in the Territory of Hawaii as delegate to the United States Congress, and is the only person ever elected to Congress who had been born into royalty.

In 1903, Kuhio reorganized the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, which led to the first observance of the Kamehameha Day holiday in 1904, which along with Prince Kuhio's birthday is the only other holiday in the United States dedicated to royalty.

Prince Kuhio is remembered today not for his royal lineage but for his contribution to modern Hawaii in terms of reforms. He was notable in local community work and appointed native Hawaiians into government positions, and was instrumental in promoting the Hawaii Statehood Act.

Kuhio died on 7 January 1922. As an indication of the high regard he is held in, many streets, beaches, buildings and schools across Hawaii bear his name.

On Prince Kuhio Day, state offices will be closed as well as public schools, courts and driver licensing centers. Public transport may operate on a holiday schedule. As Prince Kuhio Day is not a federal holiday post offices will remain open.

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