Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole
Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole was a leader who sought to elevate the educational status of Native Hawaiians and to empower them to be engaged in community activities and to address issues of concern to Native Hawaiians. He lived his own vision by becoming the second congressional delegate from the State of Hawai’i, by founding the first Hawaiian Civic Club in 1918, and by passage of the Hawaiian Homestead Act in 1921. During the month of March, Hawai‘i celebrates the birth and achievements of Prince Kūhiō, known as “Ke Ali‘i Maka‘āinana” (the Citizen Prince). A premiere event, the festival features a parade on O‘ahu that includes Royal Societies, hālau hula, cultural practitioners, Hawaiian serving institutions, bands and schools; a ho‘olaule‘a on O‘ahu and Mau‘i with outstanding Hawaiian entertainers; and numerous cultural activities on the islands of Mau‘i, Kauai, Hawai ‘i, and O‘ahu .