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Outdoor concert remembers former palace resident


The Daughters of Hawaii and the Calabash Cousins present a free concert 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at Hulihee Palace to remember the late Prince Albert. 

Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs and performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii. Bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Concert goers are encouraged to take advantage of the free “chair check” conveniently located across from the palace and enjoy the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll from 1-6 p.m. 

During the Village Stroll, Alii Drive is turned into a pedestrian mall and musicians and artists take to the street in a fun and festive family atmosphere.  More than 30 merchants regularly participate; inquire at restaurants and merchants about special kamaaina pricing.

Kokua Kailua is in need of three to four volunteers to assist with closing and re-opening the road.  If you are able to assist, contact co-chairwomen Marie Aguilar at 334-0562 or Inde Coggin at 345-1048. 

Kokua Kailua is sponsored by four local business organizations, Hulihee Palace and KWXX Radio.

 The son of King Kamehameha IV (Alexander Liholiho) and Queen Emma, Prince Albert gave Hawaiians hope the Kamehameha line would continue. In 1859, at the age of one, Prince Albert was given the title of “Ka Haku O Hawaii-His Royal Highness the Prince of Hawaii” and officially named the heir to the throne. 

“Queen Victoria of England agreed to be Prince Albert’s godmother but the prince died from a short illness before he was baptized in the Anglican Church,” said Fanny Au Hoy, palace administrator. 

The Kauai community of Princeville is named after Prince Albert in honor of his family’s visit there in 1860.

Hulihee Palace has been closed for repairs since December 2007; the historic landmark suffered $1.5 million in damages from the October 2006 earthquake. It is expected to reopen this year. A Hulihee Restoration Fund has been set up and tax-deductible donations are appreciated.  

Mail donations to Hulihee Palace, 75-5718 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Find out more about the earthquake damage at

Caretakers of Hulihee Palace are the Daughters of Hawaii. The organization 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. For info, call 329-9555.

 Additional palace concert dates for 2009:

* May 17: featuring Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii

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