The 2016 Prince Kuhio Commemorative Parade is being held today from 10 a.m. to noon as it travels from Saratoga Road/Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park.
Parade participants include the Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center, The Royal Hawaiian Band, numerous community organizations, halau hula, marching units and pa’u riders on horseback. Each year members of the Royal Societies (Royal Order of Kamehameha, Ka’ahumanu Society, Hale O Na Ali’i, and Mamakakaua) also participate and rare Hawaiian flags of the Hawaiian Kingdom are featured.
The free Ho’olaule’a and Ho’ike’ike at Kapiolani Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. features native Hawaiian arts and crafts, exhibits by various Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses. The Hawaiian Civic Clubs will be offering up rarely available plate lunches as well as delicious homemade snacks and treats.
Hawaiian musicians Chad Takatsugi, The Abrigo ‘Ohana, Ka Hale I O Kahala Halau Hula, Ku’uipo Kumukahi and the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame will be the afternoon’s entertainment.
Prince Kuhio was a prince of the reigning House of Kalakaua when the government of Queen Lili’uokalani was overthrown in 1893. He later went on to become a politician in the Territory of Hawaii as delegate to the United States Congress. Prince Kuhio founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club on December 7, 1918 and led the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921.
His birthday is a state holiday, which was observed this year on Good Friday, March 25.