Crown Prince, Politician, Land Rights Proponent, & Pragmatist, H.R.H. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole was born on March 26th, 1871.
H.R.H. Prince Jonah Kuhio, like many alii and makaainana of his time, became an orphan at quite a young age. He was then taken in as son to H.M. Queen Kapiolani. At her side he not only gained rank but also saw first hand how politics shaped our country.
His duties to our queen and country were cut brief when American businessmen, violently and illegally attacked H.M. Queen Liliuokalani at Iolani Palace on January 17, 1893. These foreign terrorists and a few domestic accomplices scrambled to hand over our country to the United States but were initially refused until the matter could be clarified. H.R.H. Prince Jonah Kuhio was part of a citizen led coalition to free our country from the American oligarchs who had since created the ‘Republic of Hawaii’ in an attempt to wait until the United States was ready to purchase their ill-gotten goods via the infamous Newlands Resolution.
After serving his 1 year jail sentence for ‘treason’ against the Republic of Hawaii, he and his wife left Hawaii for Europe. He even spent time fighting in the Second Boer War for the British Army. Like many of our citizens today who leave and return home, so did H.R.H. Prince Jonah Kuhio. By that time the United States occupation had been sped up rapidly in order to feed their military needs of overseas conquest and colony acquisition.
H.R.H. Prince Jonah Kuhio was a product of his actions and his time. He embraced the U.S. Occupational Government and became a Republican Senator after being part of pro-Independence political parties prior to that. He started the county system that is still used today, and appointed or empowered other citizens to hold or attain political or judicial seats of power. He is well known for creating civic organisations and the Hawaiian Homes Act. In more ways than one he worked within the U.S. Occupational Government framework to increase individual rights for our citizens. Some might say he tried to make lemonade from lemons.
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