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.

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.

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.

I’olani Palace
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!