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Waikiki hotel celebrates 144th birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Guests and employees at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Prince Kuhio hotel honored its namesake Thursday.

The celebration included entertainment by hula halau He Makana o Aloha and a brief history of Hawaii's “citizen prince.”

“It is important to gather and reflect on the life of Prince Kuhio, and his positive impact in ensuring the native Hawaiians retained the culture and land that is so precious to all of us,” Thomas Foti, Hilton Waikiki Beach Prince Kuhio hotel General Manager, said.

The prince is known as the founder of the Hawaiian Civics Clubs and for assisting in the historic passage of the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.

“After the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, he never gave up being the ‘prince' he people needed him to be. The battles he fought and won continue to serve the Hawaiian people today. That is worth celebrating and remembering each year,” Foti said.

The festivities were hosted in partnership with the hotel's Lokahi Committee, the Prince Kuhio Civic Club and the Prince Kuhio Elementary School.

Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Piikoi was born on March 26, 1871 and passed away on Jan. 7, 1922.

A parade in his honor is set for Saturday in Waikiki. It begins at 10 a.m. and runs from Kalakaua Ave. to Kapiolani Park.

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