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                            City & County of Honolulu
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             January  11, 2002

Dedication Ceremony of the Statue of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole

Mayor Jeremy Harris will unveil a new statue honoring Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole in a dedication ceremony scheduled for Saturday (Jan.12), beginning at 6 a.m. at Kuhio Beach.

“Prince Kuhio is much beloved in our islands because of his dedicated service to the Hawaiian people,” said Mayor Harris.  “This statue honors this outstanding leader, whose legacy has benefited so many over the generations.”

The statue is slightly larger than life-size, and is located on the makai side of Kalakaua Avenue across from St. Augustine Church.  The Prince is dressed in a business suit similar to what he wore as a delegate to Congress.  He also wears a feather cape, a reference to his royal bloodline, and holds in his hand a scroll which is symbolic of his contributions to Hawaii.

Peter Apo will be the program’s Master of Ceremonies.  Also participating will be  Richard “Babe” Bell (conch shell), Manu Boyd of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu (chant), and Kahu Kamaki Kanahele of the Hawaiian Homestead Association  (prayer) .  Mayor Jeremy Harris will introduce the artist, Sean K.L. Browne.  The Oahu Hawaiian Homestead Association Choral Group with Director, Kawika Gapero, will perform a musical presentation.  Also speaking at the ceremony will be Charles Rose, President, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs; Raynard Soon, Chairman Hawaiian Homes Commission; and Tony Sang, President, State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations.

The ceremony will feature musical selections from the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu. Kahu John Keola Lake will dedicate the statue, followed by the presentation of gifts from David Kawananakoa (representing the Kawananakoa family), Mayor Harris, the Hawaiian Royal Benevolent Societies, and the Hawaiian Civic Clubs, led by the Royal Order of Kamehameha.  The ceremony concludes with a prayer by Kahu Tom Culin.

Affectionately called “Ke Ali’i  Makaainana” (Prince of People),  Prince Kuhio is most noted for his efforts to preserve and strengthen the Hawaiian people.  While a delegate of Congress, he was instrumental in the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act that provides lands for native Hawaiians to homestead.  He restored the Royal Order of Kamehameha I and founded the Hawaiian Civic Club.  Kuhio Beach Park is the former site of “Pualeilani” (Wreath of Heaven), Prince Kuhio’s home.

Sean K.L. Browne, the artist, who was born in Hilo, said the commission for this statue had great personal significance for him because he was raised on Hawaiian Homes land and so is a product of the Prince’s vision.

For this event three streets will be closed from 4:00 am to 8:00 am on Saturday, January 12. They are Ohua Avenue, Kealohilani Avenue and Kalalakaua Avenue between Ohua and Kealohilani. 

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