‘Royalty in the Islands’: A News Story about King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma of Hawai’i. Plus, Other News.

Here is an old news report (April 28, 2011) from KITV News in Hawai’i about the royal wedding between Their Majesties King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma of Hawai’i.  Click here to watch the video.   🙂  By the way, the reporters mention the word Kahili in the news report, and if you don’t know what a Kahili is, it’s basically a large pole made up of native Hawaiian manu feathers on top.  

Another news report from KITV News about Hulihe’e Palace on O’ahu.  Click here to watch.

An article and video regarding Princess Abigail Kawananakoa.  Click here to read.

Finally, here is another news report about I’olani Palace.  Click here to watch.

Photos: Author’s own and the Star Bulletin.

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‘Iolani Palace in Search of Missing Items from the Hawaiian Royal Family

For many years now I’olani Palace, once the residence for the Hawaiian royal family, have been desperately searching for thousands of missing items that belonged to the Kings and Queens of Hawai’i.  According to the news site,  Hawai’i News Now, employees at I’olani Palace are:

…specifically targeting furnishings from the bedrooms of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. Thousands of items are still out there – either purchased a century ago at palace auctions, sold-off by the territorial and state governments, or handed down in families through the generations.

 Click here to read the story about this ongoing search from Hawai’i News Now.

Photo used with permission from the Hawai’i State Archives.  DO NOT COPY.

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Lei Draping Ceremony in Honor of King Kamehameha the Great

On June 10, 2011, in front of Aliʻiōlani Hale the statue of King Kamehameha the Great was “…decorated with lei[s]. Placing long strands of flowers on the statue is a long-standing tradition” honoring the great king who united the Hawaiian Islands.

As I previously mentioned, celebrations will happen throughout the islands as well as on the mainland.  Here is the schedule for those living in Hawai’i per the King Kamehameha Celebrations Commission website:

June 11, 2011 – 95th  Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade, 9:00 A.M.
Starting at King & Richards, ending at Kapi`olani Park via Punchbowl, Ala Moana and Kalakaua Avenue

Free validated parking at Restaurant Row. Bring the family and enjoy the festivities!

Parade will broadcast live on KFVE at 9am and www.k5thehometeam.com.
Rebroadcast, June 19 at 5pm, also on KFVE.

June 11, 2011 – King Kamehameha Celebration Ho`olaule`a, Kapi`olani Park, 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Island of Hawai`i

June 10, 2011 – Hilo:  Statue Lei-Draping Ceremony

June 11, 2011 – Hilo:  Kamehameha Festival, Moku Ola “Coconut Island”


June 11, 2011 – Kohala:  King Kamehameha Floral Parade and Statue Lei-Draping Ceremony


June 11, 2011 – Kailua Kona:  King Kamehameha Day Community Parade


Island of Maui

June 18, 2011 – Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa`u Parade
Front Street, Lahaina

June 18, 2011 – Ho`olaule`a, Kamehameha `Iki Park, Moku`ula & Waiola Church

Island of Kaua`i

June 18, 2011 – King Kamehameha Floral Parade in Lihu`e
Starting at Vidinha Stadium (Ho`olako Street), 10:00am

In San Francisco, CA celebrations will take place at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  For more information please click  here. 
Sources: Hawaii.gov and Star Advertiser
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King Kamehameha Day: Two-Day Celebrations Throughout the Islands of Hawai’i

Tomorrow is the beginning of the two-day celebrations to mark King Kamehameha Day in Hawai’i and this year’s theme is Wahine Holo Lio.  For those who are unaware of about the history of this awesome day here is a short history lesson for you:

King Kamehameha Day was proclaimed in 1871 by King Kamehameha V, to honor his grandfather, King Kamehameha I. The first King Kamehameha Day was on June 11, 1872, and it was one of the first holidays to be proclaimed when Hawaii became a state in 1959. June 11, 2011 will be the 95th annual King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii.

The celebrations begin tomorrow, June 10, 2011, at Aliʻiōlani Hale in downtown Honolulu where there will be a lei draping ceremony honoring the great king at his statue along King St. (right across from I’olani Palace.)

Then on June 11, 2011, the 95th Annual Oahu King Kamehameha Day Parade will begin at 9am (beginning at King St.) until 12pm where it ends at Kapi’olani Park.  Once the parade ends there will be a feast of food, entertainment, and much more.

So, if you happen to be a Kama’aina or a tourist visiting Oahu during this two-day celebration why not stop by both events and enjoy!  Believe me, you will have fun.   🙂

Finally, the local channel, K5, in Hawai’i will be streaming the King Kamehameha Day parade live online beginning at 9am.  Click the link here to learn more.

Source: KFVE

Photo: Author’s own and Hawai\’i Magazine

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Remembering the 1856 Royal Wedding Between H.M. King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma of Hawai’i

On Thursday April 28, 2011, KHON2 (a news station in Hawai’i) ran a video story about the 1856 royal wedding between King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma of Hawai’i. There is also an accompanying article, which I found incredibly interesting, so I thought I would share this information with you all.

Here is a snippet from the KHON2 article:

… 155-years ago Hawaii had its own royal wedding.

‘The really biggest royal wedding that there was, was the wedding King Kamehameha IV and Emma which took place in June of 1856,’ said Bishop Museum archivist Desoto Brown.

The couple exchanged vows at Kawaiahao Church. A procession followed with men carrying Kahili – to signify this was a wedding of royalty.  Similar to how the nobility of Europe use coats of arms.

‘And people would have been watching from a respectful distance to take part in this event they were very proud of and happy about,’ said Brown.

The only depiction of the royal wedding in Bishop Museums’ collection is this sketch.  Brown says the celebration was seen as a positive an uplifting celebration for the people of Hawaii.

‘The marriage of two attractive, young Alii people was the cause for celebration.’

To mark the occasion – Queen Victoria of Great Britain sent Emma a veil, which she wore on her wedding day. And the bride most likely was dressed in a white wedding dress.

‘We don’t know the specifics but there would not have been a lot of competition as to what dress maker she was going to go to or anything like that,’ said Brown.

But it wasn’t only Queen Emma who had close ties to the British monarchy. In 1887 Queen Victoriacelebrated her Golden Jubilee and invited Hawaii’s reigning Queen Kapiolani and Princess Liliuokalani.

To watch the video clip and to read the article in its entirety please click the link here. 

Source: KHON2

Photos:  With permission from the Hawaii State Archives and my own.

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The Gold (Music) Room at I’olani Palace in Hawai’i is Finally Restored and Now Open to the Public!

Well, after years of restoration and hunting down valuable personal items from the Hawaiian monarchy the Gold (Music) Room at I’olani Palace is finally done.

The public will be able to have their chance to view some amazing pieces within the Gold Room starting today on April 18, 2011.   KITV news has a report about this re-opening of the Gold Room so please click the link here to watch.

To learn more about I’olani Palace please click the link here.  To learn more about the ongoing palace restoration and other items that are still missing (they would like to have back, thank you very much) please click the links here and here.  

Palace objects sold and dispersed at public auction have been recovered from 36 states and 4 foreign countries — from porcelain plates returned from Australia, and a table found in the Governor’s mansion in Iowa, to a chair in a local thrift store. The quest to find original Palace furnishings and artifacts continues. Many original furnishings are still missing. (I\’olani Palace)

Photos:  Author’s own.

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The Merrie Monarch Festival 2011: A Yearly Event in Honor of and Dedicated to His Majesty King Kalākaua of Hawai’i

For those of you who live in Hawai’i or plan on visiting the Big Island of Hawai’i (specifically Hilo) I just wanted to remind you that the Merrie Monarch Festival will take place on April 24-30, 2011.

The festival “… honors the legacy left by King David Kalākaua, who inspired the perpetuation of our traditions, native language and the arts” is something no one should miss.  Besides the world-famous hula competitions, which lasts three days, there is an arts and crafts fair as well as mega parade.

I haven’t been to the Merrie Monarch Festival in years; essentially, it’s an amazing event.  Overall, the festival is something that locals and tourists should not miss whilst in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

To learn more about the festival and/or to purchase last minute tickets please visit their website here.

To watch past performances from the Merrie Monarch hula competitions please click the links:  Hâlau Ke Kai o Kahiki: Winners of the Kahiko performance in 2010 and Halau Na Mamo O Puuanahulu: Kahiko Winners, Women

Photos courtesy of: Fine Art America by Rod Cameron and Merrie Monarch.com

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King Kamehameha IV’s Cape Returns to Kaua’i

This is actually an old yet very interesting article that I read via the Garden Island newspaper months ago.

Anyway, I thought I would share it with all of you since I highly doubt anyone reads this awesome local newspaper from Kaua’i.

Click the link to read the article: The Garden Island newspaper

Photo courtesy of Christine Faye, curator from the Kauai Museum

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Ka’iulani: Hawai’i’s Island Rose. An Article from the Smithsonian Magazine

On May 8, 2009, the Smithsonian Magazine published an article about HRH Princess Ka’iulani of Hawai’i.  Since there has always been an interest in her as well as the rest of the Hawaiian royal family I thought I would share this article with all of you in case if you have not read it before.

Click to read: Smithsonian Magazine

Source: Smithsonian Magazine.

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Celebration of HM King Kalakaua’s birthday at I’olani Palace

On November 16, 2010 I’olani Palace had a royal birthday to celebrate.  His Majesty King Kalakaua’s birthday that is.

The royal guards marched in front of his amazing palace, centered in downtown Honolulu, as Prince David Kawananakoa and Princess Regina Kawananakoa looked on from the palace balcony.  Even though the Hawaiian monarchy ceased to exist on January 17, 1893, thanks to the illegal overthrow, descendants of the royal Hawaiian bloodline are still respected and dearly loved by the people of Hawaii.

Reviewing of the guard. Permission of use pending from I’olani Palace.

HM King Kalakaua, also known as the Merrie Monarch, would have been 174 years young.

If you ever have a chance to visit Oahu I highly recommend that you take a day to visit I’olani Palace.  It is an amazing place.

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Hawaiian Monarchy Coat of Arms. Author’s own photo.

More information, history, and news about Hawaii and its former monarchy to come soon.  So stay tuned!

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