Kauai's Prince Kuhio Celebration Spans Two Weeks of Events -- March 11-26, 2012.

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Kauai’s 10th annual Prince Kuhio Celebration adds an international free diving and spear fishing tournament, an all girls rodeo, hands-on cultural demonstrations and more Hawaiian entertainment to its mix of events set for March 11th through 26th on Kauai. The celebration is in honor of Hawaii’s “Ke Alii Makaaina" (prince of the people).

Na Kane O Keoneloa on Kauai

Kauai's powerful male hula halau, Na Kane O Keoneloa, performs during the Prince Kuhio Celebration

"This celebration of Hawaii's extraordinary culture is in honor of our beloved Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole." ... Stella Burgess, Director of Hawaiian Culture, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Two weeks of festivities honoring the birthday and birthplace of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, one of Hawaii's most beloved monarchs, spans March 11th through the 26th on Kauai. Many events will take place in the Poipu area, with most of them at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Some are located in Kauai’s central and westerly regions. Most events are free of charge. Called the Prince Kuhio Celebration, event highlights include powerful kahiko (ancient) hula by Na Kane O Keoneloa, demonstrations of Native Hawaiian arts and cultural practices, an outrigger canoe race, an all-girls rodeo, an international free diving and spear fishing tournament, a youth boxing tournament, renowned Hawaiian entertainment, a luau and commemorative ceremonies. Other south shore locales include Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Plantation Gardens, Poipu Beach Park, CJM Stables and Prince Kuhio Park. The annual celebration is planned to demonstrate and perpetuate Native Hawaiian cultural arts, practices and values. Prince Kuhio is known for his efforts to re-vitalize the Native Hawaiian culture during his lifetime. His birthday is an official state holiday. The two weeks of festivities honor his dedication to the culture. For a complete list of daily events, go to http://princekuhio.net. These events are sponsored, in part, by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Kauai County.

Prince Kuhio, in line for succession to the throne before the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown, is 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 is called Ke Ali`i Maka`aina (prince of the people).

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