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Royal Order of
Kamehameha I
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The Royal Order of Kamehameha I was established by His Majesty King Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuaiwa Kalanimakua Kalanikapuapaikalaninui Aliʻiolani of the Kamehameha Dynasty, Royal House of Keoua Nui on April 11, 1865 by royal decree.

 

The order was held in abeyance after the illegal overthrow of Her Majesty Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893, now under the protection by the fons honorum acquired under International law by the absolute primogeniture senior heir to the Royal House of Keoua Nui, Her Royal Highness Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani.

The Royal Order of Kamehameha I is highly awarded to the head of states/dynasties, 

also as awards of merit to loyal supporters of the royal family and those who provide excellent services in the field of cultural achievement and education.  

 Class of order:  Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer,  Knight Commander, Knight, and Officer

 

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Ranks

Men`s pre nominal: Knight (for all ranks except Ocer rank) 

Ladies pre nominal: Dame (for all ranks except Ocer rank)

Ladies Post Nominal’s:
Men’s Post Nominal’s:
Decorations:

GCRK   = Dame Grand Cross/Cordon of                             the Royal Order of Kamehameha I

 

GORK   = Dame Grand Officer of the 

                 Royal Order Kamehameha I

 

DCRK   = Dame Commander of the

                 Royal Order of Kamehameha I

 

ORK      = Officer of the 

                 Royal Order of Kamehameha I

GCRK   =  Grand Cross/Cordon of the                            Royal Order of Kamehameha I

 

GORK    = Grand Officer of the 

                  Royal Order of Kamehameha I

 

KCRK    = Knight Commander of the                              Royal Order ofKamehameha I

 

ORK   =    Officer of the 

                 Royal Order of Kamehameha I

1) Grand Gross = GCRK = Sash/Cordon                Jewell (Neck Jewell), Breast Star 

    and Miniature with gold crown pin 

 

2) Grand Officer = GORK = Neck Jewell,                Breast Star and Miniature with silver crown      pin

      

3) Knight Commander = KCRK = Neck                  Jewell and Miniature with bronze crown pin

 

4) Officer = ORK = Neck Jewell and                        Miniature in silver

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1)  Grand Gross = GCRK = Sash/Cordon                Jewell (Neck Jewell), Breast Star 

      and Miniature with gold crown pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Grand Officer = GORK = Neck Jewell and        Breast Star and Miniature with 

    silver crown 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Knight Commander = KCRK = Neck                  Jewell  and  Miniature with bronze crown          pin 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Officer = ORK = Neck Jewell and                        Miniature in silver

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Information about the Royal Orders of the Hawaiian Kingdom

 

 

The Kingdom of Hawai’i was established in 1810 by King Kamehameha I of the House of Keōua Nui at the capitulation of all the other island chiefs.  During the reign of his son, Kamehameha III (1825-1854), it was felt that a royal order of chivalry needed to be established to match the international recognition of the islands as a sovereign kingdom among the nations of the world. 

 

Royal Order of the Crown. The idea for a Hawaiian order was first discussed in an Order-in-Council meeting in 1848 but was not implemented due to resistance from the America missionaries who generally did not favor monarchical symbols.  The Royal Order of the Crown was finally awarded during the reign of King Kalākaua and is the oldest of the royal orders.  In 2016 its statutes were rewritten and the award reestablished by the senior heir to the House of Keoua Nui, HRH Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani.

 

Royal Order of King Kamehameha I.  In 1865 King Kamehameha V established this order to honor his grandfather, the conqueror Kamehameha I.  In 1902, Prince Kūhio reorganized and secularized the order as a civic lodge and not as a dynastic order.  It now operates as a civic fraternal organization under several, often competing chapters.  The dynastic order is under the protection of HRH Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani

 

Royal Order of Kalākaua I.  To celebrate his coronation, King Kalākaua created the Royal Order of Kalākaua.  It has never been reestablished.

 

Royal Order of Kapiʻolani.  Established by King Kalākaua in 1880, this order was awarded for those prominent in humanitarian causes and artistic endeavors.  It was abrogated in 1893.

 

Royal Order of the Star of Oceania.  In 1886, King Kalākaua established this order to help build alliances with notable people throughout the Pacific and advancing his plan to establish a conference of islands across the Pacific.  It was abolished during the overthrown of Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1893. Its statutes were rewritten and the award reestablished by the senior heir to the House of Keōua Nui, HRH Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani.

 

Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani.  As senior heir to the ruling House of Keōua Nui, Princess Owana has placed all the royal orders under her patronage.  Since they were never nationalized with the Overthrow, they are recast as House Orders awarded at the pleasure of its head.  In respecting the long fraternal establishment of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, she supports that organization.  Princess Owana owns title to the trade names of all orders except this one, through the State of Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances and are Trademarked under the USPTO, Princess Owana intends to re-establish the other orders. Therefore, any use of these names by other parties is noted as prohibited as a breech of trade name infringement, and any orders issued by these parties must be considered counterfeit. In addition, Princess Owana has established the House Order of Ka’ōhelelani in honor of her grandmother.  It exists in seven classes and is given only to members of the Royal Family.