Vendors Sought for Princely April 1 Event



KAHULUI, Maui — March 5 is the signup deadline for a vendor booth at the Kuhio Day Celebration set April 1 on the University of Hawaii-Maui College (UHMC) Great Lawn.

Prince Kuhio
Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole, father of the Hawaiian homestead program.

The Easter Sunday event will feature a 7 a.m. sunrise service and 8:30 a.m. egg hunt. Daylong entertainment, a Paukukalo reunion and a keiki zone with four jumping castles will headline the free festival also offering food, arts and crafts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information and vendor forms, send email to or see website Each vendor will supply their own 10×10-foot tent, table and chairs, and must attend a mandatory vendor meeting 6 p.m. March 5. Vendor booth fee is $100. Event organizers also are recruiting community and nonprofit groups to host free community-information booths. Homestead associations will host the food booths as fundraisers.

The event as well as a state holiday celebrates the 147th anniversary of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole’s March 26, 1871, birthday. Kuhio served as a 10-term Territorial delegate to Congress. There the statesman championed the federal 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act that created the statewide Hawaiian homestead program. Kuhio also reorganized the Royal Order of Kamehameha in 1903; created the islands’ county-government system; started the Hawaiian civic-club movement in 1918, and introduced the first Hawai`i statehood bill in 1919.

Kuhio Day Celebration co-sponsors are the Maui Mokupuni Council composed of homestead leaders, and UHMC — both entities in collaboration with the Royal Order of Kamehameha Kahekili Chapter IV.

The Maui Mokupuni Council represents the 10 Valley Isle homesteads: Kahikinui; Keokea;  Leiali`i in Lahaina; Paukukalo; Waiehu Kou 1 through 4, and Waiohuli phases 1 and 1-A.

For information, contact Kekoa Enomoto, (808) 276-2713or