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Travelers heading to Kauai in late March won’t want to miss the Prince Kuhio Celebration, a notable event made even better this year with the addition of new activities.
Running March 11-26, 2012, the festival’s two weeks of events honor the birthday and birthplace of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, one of Hawaii's most beloved monarchs. Since the prince was known for his efforts to revitalize the Hawaiian culture during his lifetime, the goal of his namesake celebration is to demonstrate and perpetuate local cultural arts, practices and values.
Event highlights include powerful performances of ancient hula and demonstrations of native Hawaiian arts and cultural practices, including island salt-making, local proverbs and laidback talk-story sessions. Also on tap are an outrigger canoe race, a Hawaiian-style rodeo, an international spearfishing tournament, a boxing tournament for youths, Hawaiian entertainment by renowned performers, a royal dinner and luau and a variety of commemorative ceremonies. Most events are free.
Many activities take place at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa as well as other south shore locales such as Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Plantation Gardens and Prince Kuhio Park.
Prince Kuhio, in line for succession to the throne before the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown, served in the U.S. Congress for 10 years, and he led the effort to establish the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. He was called Ke Alii Makaianiana (prince of the people).
For a daily list of events, go to the celebration’s website.