Hawaiian Civic Club
: Lahui thriving with generations of keiki to kupuna.
: To perpetuate the vision of Queen Kapiolani to enhance the health and wellness of her people, with special emphasis on the well-being of mothers and babies.
What is good for the lahui
will be good for all humankind.
MISSION: To effectively advocate for the educational, civic, health, cultural, economic and social well-being of our lāhui.
VISION: A thriving lāhui – He lāhui ola mau (click on banner for website)
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Something special to know...
Queen Kapiolani nephew
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole
La Hanau (Birth Day)
Born (1871-03-26) March 26, 1871
Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole
(March 26, 1871 – January 7, 1922) was a prince of the
Kingdom of Hawaiʻi
until it was overthrown by a coalition of American and European businessmen in 1893. He later went on to become a representative in the
Territory of Hawaii
as delegate to the
United States Congress
and as such is the only person ever elected to that body who had been born into royalty.
The young Kūhiō as prince of Hawaii Kalanianaʻole was born March 26, 1871 in Kukui‘ula,
on the island of
(Hawaiian nobility) his genealogy was complex, but he was an heir of
, the last ruling chief of Kauaʻi. He was named after his maternal grandfather
, a High Chief of
, and his paternal grandfather
a High Chief of Kauaʻi. His Hawaiian name Kuhio translated into "Chief who leaned forward as he stood," and "Kalanianaʻole" meant "ambitious Chief," or "Chief who is never satisfied."
Like many Hawaiian nobles in the nineteenth-century he attended the exclusive private
on the island of
. In the 1870s, a French school teacher at St. Alban's College, now
, commented on how young Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole's eyes twinkled merrily and how he kept a perpetual smile. "He is so cute, just like the pictures of the little
, teacher Pierre Jones said. The nickname, "Prince Cupid", stuck with Prince Kūhiō for the rest of his life.
After completing his basic education he also traveled abroad for further study. He studied for four years at
Saint Matthew's School
, a private
military school in
San Mateo, California
and at the
Royal Agricultural College
before graduating from a business school in England. He was described as being an excellent marksman and athlete at sports such as football and bicycling.
Prince of the Kalākaua dynasty
After the rule of the
House of Kamehameha
ended with the death of King
in 1872, and King
died in 1874, the
House of Kalākaua
ascended to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. He became an orphan after his father died in 1878 and mother in 1884. Kalanianaʻole was adopted by King David Kalākaua's wife,
, who was his maternal aunt. This practice was called
, a traditional form of adoption widely used in
which made Kalanianaʻole a Prince of the Kingdom, with the style of "Royal Highness". When Kalākaua came to power Kalanianaʻole was appointed to the royal Cabinet administering the Department of the Interior. After Kalākaua's death in 1891,
became queen, and she continued to favour Kalanianaʻole.
Kuhio in prison at the age of twenty four,
he participated in the
1895 Wilcox rebellion
Republic of Hawaiʻi
The rebels proved no match for the Republic troops and police, and shortly after hostilities began, all those involved in the rebellion were routed and captured. Kūhiō was sentenced to a year in prison while others were charged with treason and sentenced with execution. Death sentences were commuted to imprisonment. Kūhiō served his full term. Daily visits of his fiancée,
Elizabeth Kahanu Kalanianaʻole
encouraged him in his most dark times. They married October 8, 1896.
From prince to statesman
Kūhiō eventually returned from his self-imposed exile to take part in politics
in post-annexation Hawaiʻi. He became active in the
Home Rule Party of Hawaii
, which represented native Hawaiians and continued to fight for Hawaiian independence.
On July 10, 1902, Prince Kuhio split from the Home Rule Party, walking out of its convention along with nearly half of the delegates there. He formed the short-lived Hui Kuokoa Party. However, by September 1, 1902, Kuhio decided to join the Republican Party, was nominated as their candidate for Congress, and dramatically altered the political landscape. Kūhiō was elected delegate to the U.S. Congress as a Republican.
Kūhiō's letter circulated to Senators in 1920 is descriptive of his thinking. "After extensive investigation and survey on the part of various organizations organized for the purpose of rehabilitating the race, it was found that the only method in which to rehabilitate the race was to place them back upon the soil."
He served from March 4, 1903 until his death, winning a total of ten elections.
During this time he instituted local government at the county level, creating the county system still used today in Hawaiʻi. He staffed the civil service positions that resulted with Hawaiian appointees.
This move combined the political patronage system of 19th century American politics with the traditional Hawaiian chiefly role of beneficently delegating authority to trusted retainers.
In 1919, Kūhiō introduced in Congress the first-ever Hawaii Statehood Act. It would be another 40 years before seeing fruition.
During this period, the
Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921
was signed by President
Warren G. Harding
. Despite Kūhiō's wishes, the Act contained high blood-quantum requirements, and leased land instead of granting it fee-simple, creating a perpetual government institution. This act and the others that followed continue to be controversial in contemporary Hawaiian politics, and have been used to justify more recent legislation like the
He served on the first Hawaiian Homes Commission starting on September 16, 1921.
Kūhiō died on January 7, 1922. His body was interred near his royal family at the
known as Mauna ʻAla in
on the island of Oʻahu.
Kūhiō is memorialized by streets, beaches and surf breaks,
Kuhio Beach Park
near his birthplace, the
Prince Kūhiō Plaza Shopping Center
Prince Kuhio Federal Building
named in his honor.
Prince Kūhiō Day
on March 26 is a state holiday that honors Kūhiō's birth.
Two of Hawaii's public schools also honor the memory of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole: Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School in Honolulu and Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School in Papaikou, Hawaii, near Hilo on the Island of Hawaii.
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The 2020 61st annual convention will be hosted by Moku o Keawe (Hawaiʻi Council) at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, November 8-16, 2020 for a room rate of $165 plus state and local taxes of 13.4167% for a total of $187.14 for 2 people, with a $50 additional per person charge for up to four (4) in a room.
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1) Vision and Mission -
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Evening concert with Na Mo'opuna o Mama Ane and special cameo appearances.
One of the first babies born in the new Kapiolani Maternity Home.