Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai`i
On March 17th, the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai`i conducted their Investiture of new Knights, Dames, and Officers at the Coronation Pavilion on the hallowed grounds of Hale Ali`i and ʻIolani.
The Order was first introduced as the Royal Order of the Crown and Cross by way of an Order-in-Council of His Majesty King Kamehameha III in July 1848, through his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Robert Wyllie. The awarding of the Order was held in abeyance by the monarch until the reign of His Majesty King Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuaiwa. The statues of the Order were amended during the reign of His Majesty King Kalākaua, as the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai`i, and awards of the Order continued. After Her Majesty Queen Lili`uokalani was unlawfully deposed, the Royal Order of the Crown was again held in abeyance, until now, the first royal investiture in one hundred and twenty six (126) years.
The Investiture articulated the cultural continuity of the Hawaiian kingdom. The tradition of royal honors were bestowed by HRH Princess Owana Ka`ōhelelani Salazar, Head of the Royal Family of Hawai`i. The historical occasion brought together prominent individuals from our islands and around the world to commemorate the 204th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Order, His Majesty King Kamehameha III.