Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) released the following statement in honor of Prince Kūhiō Day:
“Today, the State of Hawai‘i marks the 141st birthday of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole, in tribute to a beloved ali‘i. He is remembered for his tireless advocacy for the Native Hawaiian community, the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act as a Member of Congress, and leadership during a critical period in the history of Hawai‘i.
“Prince Kūhiō’s strong belief in civic duty, grassroots activism, and the preservation of the Native Hawaiian culture culminated in the reorganization of the Royal Order of Kamehameha and the establishment of the first Hawaiian civic club. Now more than fifty Hawaiian Civic Clubs have been established in Hawai‘i and the continental United States.
“These organizations proudly keep Native Hawaiian traditions, language, and culture alive and work to improve the conditions of the Native Hawaiian people and our island communities.
“Prince Kūhiō Day celebrations have been held throughout the month of March on his native Kaua‘i and across the Hawaiian islands featuring the rich culture he worked to preserve.
“May his life’s work inspire us to continue serving our communities for the betterment of all.”