Prince Kuhio Celebration 2015
Prince Kuhio Events
Join us March 21 through March 29 as we celebrate Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole's birthday, a statewide holiday. Prince Kuhio, born on Kaua'i, was one of Hawaii's most beloved monarchs. Enjoy a host of activities and events. Many events are free of charge.
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Events subject to change.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremonies with the Royal Order of Kamehameha:
10 a.m. at Prince Kuhio Park on Lawai Road west of Poipu.

Observe the protocol of honoring Prince Kuhio's birthday with ho`okupu (gifts), hula (dance), and
oli (chant). Ceremonies, song and dance reflect Native Hawaiian traditional cultural practices. Open to the public with some tent seating and lawn seating. Bring sunscreen and hat. For more information, contact Peter Kea, Photo courtesy of Dennis Fujimoto, The Garden Island

Garden Isle Artisan Fair at Poipu Beach Park (Manokalanipo):
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event offers an opportunity to see a wealth of local talent on the Garden Isle with over 40 of Kaua'i's fine artisans. Photography, jewelry, aloha wear, wood carvings, lau hala baskets, pounded mulberry bark, passion fruit and assorted jewelry, original oil paintings, table linens and more. Local plate lunches and shave ice all day. Hear a performance by drummer-maker, Heifara. Visit our Prince Kuhio table for history and more. Special entertainment by 'Ilima Rivera and 'Ohana.  For more information, Judith Webb, 808-245-9021 or email,  Located at the corner of Poipu and Hoone Roads. Photo courtesy of Inspiring Images

44th annual Prince Kuhio Long Distance Canoe Race, by the Garden Island Canoe Racing Association. At 8 a.m., the Men's Division will paddle from Kalapaki Beach to just outside Kukui`ula Harbor. At 10:30 a.m., the Women's teams will paddle from just outside of Kukui`ula Harbor to Salt Pond Park. An awards ceremony will be held at Salt Pond Beach Park. For more information, contact Peter Chow, email or call 808-651-7298. Photo by Margy Parker


***We apologize for an error made with scheduling, the Rodeo listed for March 22, was held on March 14. E Kalamai. ***

Monday, March 23, 2015
Salt Pond Park, Hanapepe
Pa`akai (the art and culture of Hawaiian salt making) by the Kahalekomo `Ohana (family): 9:30 a.m.  If you are touring on the west side of the island, stop by Salt Pond Park at Pu'olo Point in Hanapepe (east side of the park) and visit with `Anake (Aunty) Janet Kahalekomo and her `ohana (family) as they share their history and knowledge of cultivating Kaua'i's red salt, a prized product among cooks and local families on Kaua'i. Open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact George Makali'i Thronas at  or call 808-240-6452. Located at the end of Kaalani Road in Hanapepe. Photo by Margy Parker

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A Royal Dinner
at Plantation Gardens Restaurant: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy the incredible array of specialty dishes at this well-known eatery, or savor a multi-course special menu offering traditional Native Hawaiian foods assembled in extraordinary combinations. Delight in the surroundings of this old plantation-style home surrounded by exotic orchid and cactus gardens. Wear your best Hawaiian-style clothing. Be serenaded by our local musicians and enjoy the swaying of a hula dancer.  While waiting for a table or to be served, please join in interactive demonstrations working with aho (cordage), lau ki (ti leaf), or create a kupe`e (wrist lei).   Call 808-742-2121 for dinner reservations and information. Located at 2253 Poipu Road, Koloa, 96756. Photo by Anne E. O'Malley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
"Talk Story" about Kaua'i's south shore culture, flora and history at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club: Enjoy a flora and fauna tour at 9 a.m.  10 a.m., Opening protocol ceremony in the Lobby, followed by "talk story" sessions from our south shore kupuna (knowledgeable ones) who are well-versed in the Native Hawaiian culture. Hear them convey the traditional oral history and stories of Kaua'i's south side region. This is an outstanding opportunity to ask questions and hear answers about much of Kaua'i's history and cultural practices. No charge. For information call 808-742-4400 (front desk). Located at 2249 Poipu Road, Koloa, 96756. Photo by Margy Parker


Thursday, March 26th
Makauwahi Cave Tour at Makauwahi Reserve:
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The richest fossil site in the Hawaiian islands is found east of Poipu at the Makauwahi Cave, an open-ceiling sinkhole that is a uniquely preserved archaeological site. Considered a living museum, this 17-acre area serves to both interpret ancient history of Hawaiian plants, animals and human activity, as well as work on the future of indigenous plants. Learn how native plants and animal species have been restored and continue to thrive. Wear walking shoes, bring water. Cost - $10. For information or reservations, call David Burney, PHD at 808-651-2479 or visit for more informaiton and drving directions.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Hawaiian cultural demonstrations and hands-on learning sessions,
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Lobby
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Hear about many Native Hawaiian cultural and art practices, including weaving, working with kalo (taro), stone-carving, Hawaiian weapons, making drums, making tapa (kapa), creation of kupe`e (bracelets). Learn some of these practices through hands-on teaching sessions and 'ukulele lessons. Please call concierge to register for lessons.......`Ilima and Stevenson's Foyer, Atrium.   For more information, George Makali'i Thronas, or call 808-240-6452. Located at 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, 96756. Photo by Margy Parker

Evening of Hawaiian entertainment, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

6 p.m., Torchlighting Ceremony;  6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hawaiian music soloist; 8:05 p.m., "Ho`onanea", a trio of island musicians, Seaview Terrace.

Prince Kuhio Celebration Lu'au
5:00PM - Smith's Tropical Paradise 3-5971 Kuhio Highway, Wailua, Puna
The Smith Family has been sharing the history and culture of Wailua River Valley with visitors and kama'aina for sixty-seven years. Photos of Prince Kuhio will be featured. Learn about the cooking style known as Kalua in the imu (underground oven) ceremony before enjoying a bounty of food, drinks, and dances from Hawai'i and around the pacific.
Reservations are required, please call (808) 821-6895 or


Saturday, March 28, 2015

5th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration - Anahola Beach Park, Ko'olau
11:00AM - 5:00PM
This event will reaffirm the leadership, stewardship, and vision of Prince Kuhio and his legacy in perpetuating the growth of a healthy Hawaiian community on 'aina ho'opula (homestead land). Kupuna Syliva Cole of Anahola will be honored for her exceptional contributions and committment to educational and cultural resources in the community. Event attendees will also be able to participate in educational, health, and wellness exhibits. Arts, crafts, and entertainment will be available. Admission is Free. Ho'okupu (offering) protocol ceremony will begin at 11AM. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information contact La Contrades at or Lady Ipo Kahaunaele - Ferreira at . Directions: turn makai (towards ocean) from highway 56 on to Anahola Road.

Kawaikini NCPCS - Prince Kuhio Celebration Luau
Koloa Landing, Wyndahm Grand Resort 2641 Po'ipu Road, Koloa
5:00PM - 9:00PM
Kawaikini NCPCS is a Hawaiian language immersion charter school on Kaua'i. This fundraising luau will help benefit and supplement funding for the school. Dinner, along with entertainment by: Weldon Kekauoha,  a Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, along with Na Molokama and Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina'ala, Tamatea Nui o Kaua'i, Aulani Viluan, and Na Haumana o Kawaikni (the students of Kawaikini). Tickets are $60 in advance ($65 at the door), $25 Keiki (ages 4-12), $80 VIP Premier Seats. Visit for more information and ticket purchases.

Hawaiian Entertainment: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
Seaview Terrace -  Admission is Free Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Torchlighting; 7 p.m., a duo will play beautiful Hawaiian Music as Keiki (children) Hula is performed. 

An evening with Na Hoku Award Winner Henry Kapono:
8:05PM. Hear the extraordinary sounds of this award-winning contemporary Hawaiian Aritist. For more information, George Makali'i Thronas, or call 808-240-6452.. Located at 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, 96756.

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Opening protocol honoring Prince Kuhio:
8:30 a.m.
followed by Taiko drumming at 9 a.m., Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa

Craft Fair/Cultural Demonstrations/Entertainment, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hear about many Native Hawaiian cultural and art practices, including weaving, working with kalo (taro), stone-carving, Hawaiian weapons, making drums, making tapa (kapa), creation of kupe`e (bracelets). Learn some of these practices through hands-on teaching sessions. Participate in hula kahiko (ancient hula) lessons at 10 a.m. Enjoy outstanding crafts and local art on display during our cultural craft fair. Lobby,`Ilima and Stevenson's Foyer, Atrium. No charge. For  more information, George Makali'i Thronas, or call 808-240-6452
Located at 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa 96756.

Photos by Margy Parker

ADA Note:  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in the event should contact George Thronas, 808-240-6452 as soon as possible but no later than five (5) days before the scheduled event.

For more information, contact George Makalii Thronas, Hawaiian Culture Manager, Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa at or 808-240-6452.

*Events subject to change

These events are partially funded by the Hawai`i Tourism Authority and the County of Kaua'i.


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