Prince Kūhiō Day

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Prince Kūhiō Day

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Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi
Also called Kūhiō Day
Observed by Hawaii
Significance Birth of Prince Kūhiō and passage of Hawaiian Homelands Act.
Celebrations Parade
Observances Vacation: State and city workers, schools
Date March 26
Next timeMarch 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)
Frequency annual
First time 1949
Related to Kamehameha Day

Prince Kūhiō Day is an official holiday in the state of Hawaiʻi in the United States. [1] It is celebrated annually on March 26, to mark the birth of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, prince of the House of Kalākaua, and later territorial delegate to the United States Congress. [2] It was established in 1949 by the legislature of the Territory of Hawaii. [3]

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  1. 1 2 Holidays to be Observed by the Hawaii State Government
  2. Char, Sherie; Paiva, Derek (March 24, 2011). "Prince Kuhio Day observed in Hawaii this weekend. Here's where to go". Hawaii Magazine. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  3. "Cultural Events". Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club. Retrieved December 29, 2014.