The Hawaiian Civic Clubs help preserve our traditions, maintain our Hawaiian sense of place, and encourage civic pride. The Prince Kūhiō Parade highlights a series of celebratory events, ceremonies and activities organized by The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs to honor the birthday of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole.
This years Prince Kūhiō Commemorative Parade will commence at 9:30AM Saturday March 24, 2018 in Waikīkī followed by the Prince Kūhiō Ho‘olaule‘a and Hō‘ike‘ike at the parades terminus in Kapi‘olani Park at Noon.
Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole was an heir to the Kalākaua Dynasty and is regaled as the Founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and the driving force behind the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1920.
As a young man, Prince Kūhiō was imprisoned for participating in the counterinsurgency efforts to restore the Hawaiian Monarchy and Queen Lili’uokalani back on the throne. After restoration efforts failed, the Prince later went on to become a delegate to the United States Congress for the Territory of Hawai`i . Prince Kūhiō founded the first Hawaiian Civic Club on Dec 7, 1918, and led the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921.
Prince Kuhio, in founding the civic clubs desired to help elevate and promote the social, economic, civic and intellectual status of Kanaka Maoli.