Prince Kuhio Day
A Tribute to a Champion of the Hawaiian People
From Prince to Statesman
Prince Jonah Kuhio went on to become Hawaii’s first territorial delegate to Congress and spearheaded the 1921 federal Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.
He became active in representing native Hawaiians and continued to fight for Hawaiian independence. He was elected as Hawaii’s delegate to congress in 1903 and served until his death in 1922 winning a total of 10 elections.
and the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act
He is much beloved to this day. A statue honoring Prince Kuhio was dedicated in 2002. The statue is slightly larger than life-size, and is located in Waikiki. Artist Sean K.L. Browne said that building the statue was of great significance to him because he was raised on Hawaiian Homes land. Today thousands of native Hawaiians are living on land that was made available to them because of the efforts of Prince Kuhio over 100 years ago.
The territorial Legislature passed a resolution in 1949, establishing March 26 as a territorial holiday in honor of Prince Kuhio.
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