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Daylong Festivities at 30th Kūhiō Celebration, April 6

March 29, 2019, 11:22 AM HST
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Keokea homestead farmers fundraise at Saturday’s Prince Kuhio Day Celebration by offering plate lunches with hot-off-the-grill teriyaki beef, steamed rice and corn, with optional potato salad for an added fee. Photo credit: Kekoa Enomoto.

The 30th annual Prince Kūhiō Day Celebration unfolds April 6 at Paukūkalo Park on Maui.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features food, crafts and daylong entertainment.

Festivities also include lomi (massage therapy) practitioners and community-information booths. Project Vision Hawaiʻi will also provide free adult reading glasses, keiki sunglasses and vision testing.

The celebration honors 10-term congressional delegate Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, who spearheaded the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. The federal act created the Hawaiian-homestead program. Kūhiō’s March 26 birthday is a Hawaiʻi state holiday.

The host, Paukūkalo Hawaiian Homes Community Association Inc., represents Maui’s first and oldest Hawaiian-homestead community, built in the 1960s. The community encompasses 182 homes on a 61-acre tract, and is anchored by the historic 10-acre Halekiʻi-Pihana Heiau State Monument.

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For Kuhio event and vendor-booth information, contact Velma Mariano at (808) 276-8978 or email [email protected]

Prince Kuhio. File photo courtesy Paukukalo Hawaiian Homes event flyer. Prince Kuhio championed the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act in the US Congress. The nearly century-old act provided 200,000 acres of federal trust lands, on which native Hawaiians of 50% blood quantum may live, farm and raise livestock.

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