Join us March 14th through March 29th 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 14th
Prince Kuhio Rodeo at CJM Stables by the Kaua`i Keiki and High School Rodeo Association: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the exciting youth of the island enjoying barrel racing, pole bending, goat racing. Rodeos and horseback riding have long-been a tradition in Hawaii, since the early days of the plantation era. Our junior and high school members compete with barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping, bull riding and double mugging. Open to the public at no charge. For more information, email Charlene Medeiros at email@example.com. Stables are located at the eastern end of the Poipu area (travel 1.5 miles past the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa). Photo courtesy of CJM Stables
Saturday, March 21st
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com Located at the corner of Poipu and Hoone Roads. Photo courtesy of Inspiring Images
Monday, March 23rd
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-240-6452. Located at the end of Kaalani Road in Hanapepe. Photo by Margy Parker
Tuesday, March 24th
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 25th
"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 www.cavereserve.com for more informaiton and drving directions.
Friday, March 27th
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, email@example.com 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 www.smithskauai.com
Saturday, March 28th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-651-7298. Photo by Margy Parker
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 email@example.com or Lady Ipo Kahaunaele - Ferreira at firstname.lastname@example.org . Directions: turn makai (towards ocean) from highway 56 on to Anahola Road.
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, email@example.com or call 808-742-6452.. Located at 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, 96756.
Sunday, March 29th
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-742-6452. 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 email@example.com 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.