The Kūhiō Room honors Prince Kūhiō Kalaniana`ole and Princess Kahanu. Much of the original furniture was returned to the Hulihe`e as a result of Princess Kahanu’s efforts. Her husband, Prince Kūhiō was Hawaii’s Delegate to Congress and served Hawai`i in Washington DC for twenty years.
The Kūhiō Room is dominated by a splendid koa dining table that belonged to the Kalākaua family. It is 80 inches in diameter and was cut vertically from a single log.
Twenty first century Palace visitors are fascinated by a huge lead lined koa traveling trunk. It is one of several Queen Kapi`olani took to England in 1887 for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. It bears her motto: Kūlia i ka nu‘u – Strive for the highest.