Kauai's Week-long Prince Kuhio Celebration Showcases Food, History, Music, Dance, Sports and Culture from March 19 to 27.

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A week of daily events on Kauai serves up festivities celebrating Hawaiian food, cultural practices, music, dance, history and sports competition in honor of Prince Kuhio's birthday March 19 – 27

Prince Kuhio, known for dedicating his life to the future of the Native Hawaiian people, will be celebrated during a week of events surrounding multiple themes between March 19th and 27th on Kauai. Most events lead up to Prince Kuhio's birthday, March 26th, a Hawaii State holiday. Festivity themes for the Prince Kuhio Celebration surround Hawaiian food, history, music, dance, cultural practices and sports competition. Food events include a royal Hawaiian dinner and Hawaiian fashion contest, an “island treats” tasting and a lu`au. Events providing historical perspectives consist of “talk story” sessions about salt-making, native flora and fauna, Hawaiian proverbs, ancient practices plus commemorative ceremonies celebrating Prince Kuhio. Music and dance will be provided through ukulele lessons, slack key guitar entertainment, kahiko (ancient) hula lessons, Hawaiian music, keiki (children’s) hula, taiko drummers and a performance by the powerful male pa hula (hula troupe) Na Kane O Keoneloa. Cultural demonstrations will embrace native Hawaiian arts such as kapa-making, feather weaving, frond weaving nose-flute carving and lei-making. Sports competitions will include the Prince Kuhio long-distance canoe race and the Prince Kuhio amateur boxing championships. Many of these festivities are located at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Poipu. Other event locations will be Kalapaki Beach, Kauai Beach Resort, Kauai Veterans Memorial Hall, Kukuiula Village, Marriott's Waiohai Beach Resort, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Plantation Gardens Restaurant, Poipu Beach Park and Prince Kuhio Park. A complete event schedule is available at http://princekuhio.info. Many events are free of charge.

Prince Kuhio, in line for succession to the throne before the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown, was famous for his work to perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture and preserve Native Hawaiian practices. Serving in the U.S. Congress for 10 years, Kuhio led the effort to establish the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. He was called Ke Ali`i Maka`ianiana (prince of the people).

These events are sponsored, in part, by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Kauai County.

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