Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole was born on March 26, 1871 in Kukui’ula, at Ho’ai. Kuala in the Po’ipè area of Kaua’i. His parents were Kahalepouli, ruling chief and son of the last king of Kaua’i and Kinoiki Kekaulike, sister of Queen Kapi’olani. Historical accounts say that Kuhio was tagged with the nickname “Prince Cupid” by a French teacher when he was very young because of his chubby stature and good-natured personality.
Kuhio grew up in the royal household of Kapi’olani and her husband, King Kalakaua on O’ahu, and was raised as part of the court. He was in line for the throne, when Queen Liliuokalani was deposed in 1893.
After Hawai’i was annexed as a Territory of the United States, Kuhio plunged into the political scene in the new territory. He became a prime mover behind the effort to establish county governments with elected officials. He was elected Hawaii’s delegate to U.S. Congress in 1902 and held the post for 10 consecutive terms. Prince Kuhio died in 1922 at the age of 50 at his Waikiki home.
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Prince Kuhio Memorial on Kauai. For more pictures from Kauai, jump over to ALOHA ON MY MIND at this link.