We have a Unique Hawaii State Holiday - Prince Kuhio - Do you have one? I'd like to see your comments about your state.
This HAWAII STATE HOLIDAY is celebrated every March 26th with most activities on Oahu and Kauai. If it falls on a weekend, then it is celebrated on the following Monday. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole was born in Koloa, Kauai 1871-1922.
He was known as the "Prince of the People". Through his diligent efforts, Hawaii owes to him much of the cultural climate the planet sees here today. He was destined to become King, but that was stopped when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown in 1894 bringing an end to the monarchy of Hawaii. His positive persistence did not end. He traveled to Africa from 1899 to 1902 where he joined the British Army to fight in the Second Boer War. In 1903, he became the second Native Hawaiian representative to congress until 1922, at the age of 50, when he passed away from heart disease. He was the first to introduce a bill that eventually led to Hawaiian Statehood in 1959. He was also instrumental in moving Congress to approve the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 which provided approximately 200,000 acres of land for native people to live on.
His forward thinking and dedication to Hawaii's people helped to shape our government policies, of which the foundation is still in effect today. He helped to create the observance and other state holiday celebrating King Kamehameha Day which is each June.
The FEDERAL building is named after Prince Kuhio (side note: His grandfather was Piikoi, the King of Kauai). If you are in Waikiki, there is a statue of him on Kuhio Beach. There are several events happening this weekend. Check the Star Advertiser for updates.
Please Comment if you have a unique STATE holiday.
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