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In preparation for the upcoming Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Celebration at the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio Community Center a "trivia" is posted here to test your knowledge.  Fact or Not?

-  Ka Ho'oilina na Kuhio was named for Prince Kuhio because of his legacy as serving in many capacities during his life.  The title on the marker located at WHHA differs from this one above.  Which is the correct spelling of the official title of the community center at WHHA?

-  Was Princess Elizabeth Kahanu ever the Chairwoman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL)?  If so, when?

Yes.  Princess Elizabeth Kahanu Kaauwai-Kalanianaole became the first woman and the second person to chair the Department of Hawaiian Home Land.  She was appointed and re-appointed in 1925 and served until 1932.

-  Why did Prince Kuhio inherit Pualeilani estate?

 Prince Kuhio inherited Pualeilani from his aunt Queen Kapiolani upon her death.  Queen Kapiolani and Prince Kuhio's mother, Victoria Kekaulike Kinoiki are sisters.  Jonah and his two brothers were hanai by Queen Kapiolani and King Kalakaua. 

-  Where were the first homes lease awards located in Waimanalo?  Do they still exist today?

The first Hawaiian homestead leases awarded in Waimanalo are those homes located mauka across from the present-day Kaiona Beach Park from Makapuu to the corner of Ala Koa Street and Kalanianaole Highway.

-  Did Mrs. Blanche Pope ever lived in Waimanalo?  Where?

 Mrs. Blanche Pope lived in Waimanalo on or near the present Waimanalo Beach Park area.  Some say that her home was near the former park caretakers home Mr. and Mrs. George and Eleanor Mahoe just makai of the present Hale Wa'a.

-  What destroyed the old Waimanalo Intermediate School administration building? 

The old Waimanalo Intermediate School administration building was built of wood and included the library and several classrooms.  Fire destroyed the building one evening in which the flames could be seen as far away from homes on Poliala Street.

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