Kuhio event Saturday and Sunday at Banyan Tree Park
The Maui News
The 2019 Prince Kuhio Maui Ho’olaule’a will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Keawaiki, the Lahaina Banyan Tree Park.
The event honors the man who was a territorial delegate to Congress and the father of the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act that provides homesteads to Native Hawaiians. The annual Kuhio Day state holiday is Tuesday.
The event is free and open to the public and features Hawaiian music, lei-making, keiki activities and food. Other activities include hana lei (lei-making) with Na Kiai O Wainee, Mea’ai by the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club, exhibits with ‘Ohana Watanabe, free keiki activities and Maui artists.
The entertainment lineup includes Marvin Tevaga, Maui Jam, Halau Keola Alii O Ke Kai, Kuikawa and others.
“It is our kuleana to honor our alii; Prince Kuhio is the founder of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs,” said Holoaumoku Ralar, pelekikena (president) of the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club. “Our club looks forward to hosting Hawaiian cultural events in Lahaina to help education of our community and keep tradition alive.”
The Hawaii Tourism Authority provided a grant for the event. It also has support from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Smythe Fujiwara Design, Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club, the County of Maui and the LahainaTown Action Committee.