By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 25, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the “Prince” who brought us surfing and created the Congressional Act which brought Hawaii to the U.S.

Prince Cupid

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole of Hawaii served in the US Congress for 19 years until his death in 1922.  He is the only royal-born member of Congress.

Kalanianaole advocated for statehood for Hawaii by introducing the Hawaii Statehood Act in Congress on March 26, 1919.  His wishes were realized 60 years later when Hawaii became the 50th state in August 1959.

He traveled extensively and introduced the Hawaiian sport of surfing in California and then in England in his late teens.

Kalanianaole smiled all his life, and an early childhood teacher said that he looked like little cupid, and the nickname Prince Cupid stuck over the years.

This pictorial map of the Hawaiian Islands was created for the Hawaiian Airlines in the 1970s.

Hawaii – by Hawaiian Airlines – (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.