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Check Six: Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi

March 26, 2020

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Prince Kūhiō Day is an official holiday in the State of Hawaiʻi; it is celebrated annually on March 26, to mark the birth of Prince Kūhiō.

Born on March 26, 1871, Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi (grandson of Kaua‘i King Kaumuali‘i and the cousin of King Kalākaua and Queen Lili‘uokalani) was prince of the reigning House of Kalākaua.

He witnessed the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, took the side of the monarchy, was found guilty of treason for plotting a counter-revolutionary attempt and made a political prisoner. Prince Kūhiō was eligible royal heir to the Hawaiian throne, Delegate to Congress for ten consecutive terms (in 1919 he introduced the first bill asking that Hawai‘i become a state) and tireless worker for native Hawaiian rights. He was often called Ke Ali‘i Maka‘āinana (Prince of the People), restored the Royal Order of Kamehameha I and established the Hawaiian Civic Club.

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