JANUARY 7, 1922


Born in Koloa, Kaua’i, Hawai’i, on March 26, 1871, Jonah was an heir to Kaumuali’i—the last ruling chief of Kaua’i.  He attended the Royal School and Punahou College, in Honolulu, before attending St. Matthew’s College, in San Mateo, California.  He later attended the Royal Agricultural College and graduated from a business school while in England.  Orphaned by 1884, he was adopted by Queen Kapi’olani and, thus, became a prince.  When Kalakua became king, Jonah administered the Hawaiian Department of the Interior.  He took part in the revolution of the Hawaiians in 1895 and was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment.  Visiting Africa from 1899-1902, he fought in the British Army during the Boer War.  Returning to Hawai’i, he was elected delegate to the U.S. Congress as a Republican in 1902 and served until his death on January 7, 1922, in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawai’i.  

Source:  “KALANIANAOLE, Jonah Kūhiō (1871-1922),” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 8/16/2019, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=K000004
Photo:  J.J. Williams (1853-1926).  Date unknown, but prior to 1922.  Public Domain.

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