Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Message for Kauai's Kuhio Day Celebration 2018
Below is a message from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard presented at the 2018 Kauaʻi Kūhiō Day Celebration:
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole was born 146 years ago tomorrow. It was a time that was so different from what we know today. It was a simpler time when families often connected around a camp fire to talk story about their day and less about texting, tweeting, or engaging in our smart phones. But it was also a time of rapid change from centuries-long traditions that were exciting for some but may also have been devastating for others.
Today, we reflect on what Hawaiʻi might have been like during Prince Kūhiō’s lifetime, and we praise his good works during those years. Through his legacy of commitment and devotion to his people, he reminds us all about the importance of the aloha spirit which even then, he brought to Washington, DC. On January 7, 1923 and a year after his passing, at the House of Representatives the speaker pro tempore and representative William Rodenberg ordered that the day’s session be set apart to address on the life, character and public services of Prince Kuhio. Even a year after his passing, he was honored and remembered for his sincerity, strong convictions and as a man who yielded to no weakness but inspired so many. Prince Kūhiō set a perfect example for today’s political leaders and community advocates to follow.
Now, more than ever, our nation is in dire need of the Aloha Spirit, and it is our kuleana to act and speak in this spirit of love, compassion, and true respect for all-just as Prince Kuhio did. We are one big `Ohana, and standing together we can accomplish many things, even in the face of adversity. In such a mood of devotion coupled with the powerful aloha spirit, we cannot fail. It is through leaders like Prince Kuhio, who continue to inspire us to be the best that we can be in all that we do.
May we each strive to be more like Prince Kuhio in everything we set out to accomplish-with Love and Aloha for all!
Me ke aloha pumehana,
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Serving the people of Hawaii's 2nd District