Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai Hosts Dozens of Native Hawaiian Cultural Events, March 16 – 30, 2013

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During the last two weeks of March daily events are in the line-up to honor Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Born on the south side of Kauai, Prince Kuhio is also known as Hawaii’s ‘Prince of the People’ for his efforts as a statesman to perpetuate Hawaiian cultural values. Kuhio’s birthday is an official state holiday in Hawaii. Most events are free of charge to the public.

Kahelekomo Ohana explains how to string shell and kukui nut leis at the Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai

This is an extraordinary opportunity to understand and enjoy Native Hawaiian cultural arts, plus participate in honoring our beloved Prince Kuhio ... Stella Burgess, Director of Hawaiian Culture, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

A multitude of events on Kauai are set to celebrate Prince Kuhio's birthday, an official state holiday in Hawaii. Kuhio was one of Hawaii's most beloved alii (royalty) and statesmen. Spanning a two-week period between March 16th and 30th, the events are located in Poipu, Eleele, Lihue, Wailua and Anahola. The Prince Kuhio Celebration, intended to honor Kuhio and his efforts to perpetuate Hawaiian cultural values, provides a long list of interactive educational sessions about Hawaiian cultural practices, arts and crafts. Adding to the mix are diverse opportunities for entertainment; observing cultural traditions; attending luaus, a rodeo and an outrigger canoe race. Sampling local foods, hearing "talk story" sessions and viewing commemorative ceremonies are also part of the line-up. Check the Prince Kuhio events website for a complete schedule. Most events are at no charge.

Experts in lomilomi massage, salt-making, stone carving, feather arts, kapa (tapa) making, lei-making, coconut and lauhala weaving, healing arts, poi-pounding, quilting, moolelo (myths), and hula kahiko (ancient hula), among others, will be on hand March 22-24 at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa to teach Native Hawaiian cultural practices. Na Kupuna, a group of elders will also share stories, "talking-story" about everyday life. In addition, there will be sections where traditional Hawaiian children's games will be taught.

Evening entertainment on the 23rd will feature the award winning slack-key guitarists and singers Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa. This duo brings a strong mix of instrumental and vocal Hawaiian music, considered tops among slack key artists. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.

These events are partially sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Kauai County, along with the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.

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