Rare 1890s Prince Kuhio Campaign Armband Ribbon circa 1903 – Elele Hoopono
A very rare armband ribbon, worn by Hawaiian Prince Jonah Kuhio’s supporters while he was running for Congress under The Home Rule Party. Circa 1903. Prince Kuhio items are some of the rarest and hardest to find!
Bears the slogan “Elele Hoopono,” translated as “equitable” or “balance, justice, and impartiality.” The image in the center is of Prince Jonah Kuhio.
Measurements: 35 3/4″ length x 1 1/2″ wide
Condition: Excellent for its age, a few stains and what looks like water damage as shown. Retains its brilliant color.
Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole (March 26, 1871 – January 7, 1922) was a prince of the Kingdom of Hawaii until it was overthrown by a coalition of American and European businessmen in 1893. He became active in the Home Rule Party of Hawaii, which represented native Hawaiians and continued to fight for Hawaiian independence. He later went on to become a representative in the Territory of Hawaii as delegate to the United States Congress, and as such is the first native Hawaiian and only person ever elected to that body who was born a royal. He served from March 4, 1903 until his death, winning a total of ten elections. During this time he instituted local government at the county level, creating the county system still used today in Hawaii.