Prince Kuhio Statue in Waikiki

180807_3031 Prince Kuhio Statue in Waikiki

The Prince Kuhio statue is located near the intersection of Kealohilani Avenue and Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole was a prince of the Kingdom of Hawaii before it became a territory of the United States.

According to the monument inscription at the base of the statue: Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, the son of High Chiefess Kekaulike Kinoiki II and High Chief David Kahalepouli Piikoi, was born on March 25, 1871 at Hoai Kauai. His mother died soon after his birth and he and his two older brothers were hanai by his mother’s sister Kapiolani and her husband David Kalakaua. When Kalakaua ascended the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1874, he gave each of the boys the title of prince. The Monarchy was overthrown in 1893. In 1902, Prince Kuhio was elected Hawaii’s second delegate to the United States Congress, continuing to serve for twenty years until his death in 1922.