Prince Kuhio’s Birthday


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Day 86 of 2009
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HAWAIIAN WORD OF THE DAY — Keiki ali‘i: Prince
“The red fish that causes a red color to show in the sea.” (Harbinger of a royal death)
HAOLE SAYING OF THE DAY —  “The example of the prince is followed by the masses.” – Lorenzo de Medici

Hawaiian Prince Jonah KuhioPRINCE KUHIO DAY: Offiicial holiday in the state of Hawaii all state and county offices closed. Celebrates the birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, the “Citizen Prince,” heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii,  and later territorial delegate to the United States Congress from 1903 to 1921.Prince Kuhio was in line to become king before the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in 1893. In 1895, at the age of 24,  he participated in a rebellion against the Republic of Hawaii, but the rebelswere no match for the Republic troops and police, and shortly after hostilities began, all those involved in the rebellion were captured. Kuhio was sentenced to a year in prison while others were charged with treason and sentenced with execution (later commuted to imprisonment). Kuhio and his wife left Hawaii upon his release and traveled widely in Europe.

Prince Kuhio died of heart disease on January 7, 1922, at the age of 50 and was buried at the royal mausoleum in Nuuanu Valley on Oahu. He is best remembered for his successful effort to have Congress pass the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, which provides homesteads for native Hawaiians.  His plan was to return tenement dwellers to the land and encourage them to be self-sufficient farmers, ranchers and homesteaders on leased parcels of reserved land. With John Wise, John Lane and Noah Alulii, they formed the first Hawaiian civic club in 1917 to stimulate civic efforts and education within the Hawaiian community and promote Hawaiian culture. Read more

March 26th, 1986: Pan American Airways announces that it will cease flying to Hawaii, including Maui, by the upcoming summer, and it does so.  Five years later the airline declares bankruptcy and Delta purchases the remaining pieces of the company, including its Hawaii routes.


  • 1790: Congress allows naturalization of alien free white persons
  • 1871: The Paris Commune is founded
  • 1926: Dr Robert H. Goddard demonstrates the practicality of rockets at Auburn,
  • 1936: 200” telescope lens shipped, from the Corning Glass Works, NY to Cal Tech
  • 1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announces new vaccine to immunize people against polio
  • 1962: Supreme Court backs 1-man-1-vote apportionment of seats in state leg
  • 1970: 500th nuclear explosion announced by the U.S. since 1945
  • 1979: Camp David peace treaty is signed by Israel and Egypt
  • 1997: The bodies of 39 Heaven’s Gate cult members, who had committed suicide, are found inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • 1999: Dr. Jack Kevorkian is convicted of second-degree murder

BORN ON THIS DAY — March 26th

  • 1859: A E Housman, poet
  • 1874: Robert Frost,  poet
  • 1904: Joseph Campbell, mythologist
  • 1911: Tennessee Williams,  playwright
  • 1924: Bob Elliot, comedian
  • 1930: Gregory Corso, beat poet
  • 1930: Sandra Day O’Connor, 1st female Supreme Court Justice
  • 1931: Leonard Nimoy,  actor
  • 1934: Alan Arkin, actor
  • 1939: James Caan, actor
  • 1940: Nancy Pelosi, 1st female Speaker of the House (D-CA)
  • 1942: Erica Jong, author
  • 1943: Bob Woodward, investigative reporter
  • 1944: Diana Ross, singer
  • 1948: Steven Tyler  rock vocalist
  • 1949: Vicki Lawrence,  actress
  • 1957: Leeza Gibbons, TV host
  • 1950: Martin Short, actor, comedian
  • 1953:  Lincoln Chafee, former US senator, (R-RI)
  • 1960: Jennifer Grey, actress
  • 1968:  Kenny Chesney, country singer
  • 1973:  T.R. Knight, actor
  • 1985: Keira Knightley, actress

DIED ON THIS DAY — March 26th

  • 1649: John Winthrop, second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1797: James Hutton, Scottish geologist (b. 1726)
  • 1827: Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (b. 1770)
  • 1892: Walt Whitman, American poet (b. 1819)
  • 1902: Cecil Rhodes, English explorer (b. 1853)
  • 1923: Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (b. 1844)
  • 1929: Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (b. 1859)
  • 1945: David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1863)
  • 1959: Raymond Chandler, American-born novelist (b. 1888)
  • 1973: Noel Coward, English composer and playwright (b. 1899)
  • 1990: Halston, American fashion designer (b. 1932)
  • 1996: Edmund Muskie, American politician (b. 1914)
  • 1996: David Packard, American engineer and businessman (b. 1912)
  • 2003: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)

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