Prince Kuhio Celebration 2015
Prince Kuhio Events
Join us March 21st 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 21st
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. For more information, Judith Webb, 808-245-9021 or email, Located at the corner of Poipu and Hoone Roads. Photo courtesy of Inspiring Images

Sunday, March 22nd
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 charmedeiros@yahoo.comStables 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

Wisdom of the Kupuna from 'Olelo No'eau (Hawaiian proverbs) by Mele Brewer, National Tropical Botanical Garden: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Join Kupuna Mele Brewer as she discusses the art of hula, learn a hula, create your own lei. Lei class is limited to 50 participants.  Open to the public at no charge. Please call 808-742-2433 to register for lei making. Gardens are located at 4425 Lawa`i Road, Koloa, 96756, across from Spouting Horn, west of Poipu.

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 Carla Thomas at or call 808-742-1234, ext. 4050. 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, or call Mary Werthwine at 480-225-5604 or Makauwahi Reserve website. Located 3 miles east of Poipu. Click here for driving 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, Carla Thomas, or call 808-742-1234, ext. 4050. 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.

Saturday, March 28th
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

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

Hawaiian Entertainment: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, 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.  Seaview Terrace. No charge.

An evening with the legendary Ledward Kaapana and Mike Ka`awa:
8:15 p.m. Hear the extraordinary sounds of these award-winning slack key guitarists who are considered masters of Hawaiian music.
No charge. Seaview Terrace (no-host bar available).  For  more information, Carla Thomas, or call 808-742-1234, ext. 4050. Located at 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, 96756.
Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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. Silent auction to benefit the annual HLTA Charity Walk. Lobby,`Ilima and Stevenson's Foyer, Atrium. No charge. For  more information, Carla Thomas, or call 808-742-1234, ext. 4050. 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 Carla Thomas, 808-742-1234, ext 4050 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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