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A Princely Party

On a wind-swept Saturday morning, a few hundred Molokai residents gathered at Coconut Grove to celebrate one of their own. Although Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole never lived on Molokai, his presence as the first royal-born representative for Congress led to Hawaiian homeland settlements which still exist today. His birthday, March 26, is celebrated every year across the islands; here, March 27 celebrations were hosted by Ahupua`a o Molokai, the association representing Molokai homesteads. The always ono chicken lau lau, mac salad and mochi were available for the crowd, while a few Molokai bands entertained. Pili Pa`a, pictured below, sang many favorites.

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