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Happy Day at Hulihee’s spring fundraiser


There’s so much to make you smile at Day at Hulihee — the annual spring fundraiser returns to Hulihee Palace 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28. 

Palace caretakers the Daughters of Hawaii and the Calabash Cousins have scheduled a full lineup of fun: arts and crafts vendors, ono local food, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona’s scrumptious peach cake, the ever-popular Tutu’s Attic elephant sale, a chance to win a quilt and non-stop entertainment.

In addition, local artists are celebrating the recent refurbishing of the palace with an exhibit and sale of their donated paintings and mixed media — all art depicts the historic palace and its seaside grounds. Participating artist organizations and their members include the Kailua Village Artists, Watercolor-West Hawaii, West Hawaii Plein Air Painters and the Pacific Island Printmakers. Artists will be on hand to discuss their inspiration and technique.

Day at Hulihee remembers Hawaii’s Citizen Prince who was born in March, Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1922.) Hawaii observes a statewide holiday March 26 to commemorate Prince Kuhio’s dedication toward serving his people. 

Beginning in 1902, Kuhio served as a delegate to the U.S. Congress for 10 terms, was the driving force behind the development of Pearl Harbor and instituted the Hawaiian Homestead Commission. A monument at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park credits Prince Kuhio for founding the park in 1916. 

Hulihee Palace has been closed for repairs since Dec. 10, 2007 after the historic landmark suffered $1.5 million in damages from the October 2006 earthquake. It is expected to reopen this spring. 

A Hulihee Restoration Fund has been set up and tax-deductible donations are appreciated.  Mail donations to Hulihee Palace, 75-5718 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Find out more about the earthquake damage at

The Daughters of Hawaii was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawaii prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

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