Royal Order of Kamehameha I
|Royal Order of Kamehameha I|
Members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I in 2012
|Type||Knightly Order, Dynastic order|
|Country||The Kingdom of Hawaii|
|Royal house||House of Kamehameha|
|Aliʻi Nui||William Roback Jr. (2010)|
Star of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Kamehameha I
The Royal Order of Kamehameha I is an order of knighthood established by His Majesty, Kamehameha V (Lot Kapuaiwa Kalanikapuapaikalaninui Ali`iolani Kalanimakua) in 1865, to promote and defend the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. Established by the 1864 Constitution, the Order of Kamehameha I is the second order of its kind in Hawaii.
After Lot Kapuāiwa took the throne as King Kamehameha V, he established, by special decree, created by the privy council using Article 35 of the Constitution  the Order of Kamehameha I on April 11, 1865, named to honor his grandfather Kamehameha I. founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the House of Kamehameha was perpetually created. Its purpose to promote and defend the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaii. It is chartered in the Kingdom of Hawaii by the decree of 1865. Although called "The Royal Order of Kamehameha I" today by the Public, its is known as the "Order of Kamehameha I" by its members, in private.
The purpose of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, as it is known today, is to unite men of Hawaiian descent in fraternal and benevolent work, good moral character, and sound bodily health; to cultivate the cardinal principles of friendship, charity and benevolence; to aid widows and orphans; to improve the social and moral conditions of its members; to provide scholarship assistance; to preserve and perpetuate the ancient culture, customs, and traditions of ancient Hawaiʻ, uplift the Hawaiian people; infuse the spirit of patriotism, loyalty, helpfulness and kindness among its members; advance the interest of its members in every rightful cause, and to encourage and develop leadership.
Today the order has nine Chapters:
- Moku O Hawaiʻi (Central Oʻahu)
- Moku O Mãmalahoa (Hilo, Hawaiʻi)
- Moku O Kaumualiʻi (Kauaʻi)
- Moku O Kahekili (Maui)
- Moku O Kalaniana’ole (Molokaʻi)(Inactive)
- Moku O Kuhio (Windward Oʻahu)
- Moku O Kona (Kona, Hawaiʻi)
- Moku O Kapuaiwa (Leeward Oʻahu)
- Moku O Kohala (Kohala, Hawai'i)
The last remaining original meeting hall of the order, located at 1162 Kalanianaole Avenue in the Keaukaha community of Hilo, Hawaii, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1993.
The Royal Order of Kamehameha I continues its work in observance and preservation of some native Hawaiian rituals and customs established by the leaders of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. It is often consulted by the U.S. Government, State of Hawaiʻi and the various county governments of Hawaiʻi in native Hawaiian-sensitive rites performed at state functions.
- Kamehameha V (King of the Hawaiian Islands) (1865). Decree to Establish the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. by Authority.
- Brien Foerster. The Real History Of Hawaii: From Origins To The End Of The Monarchy. Lulu.com. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-300-46126-5.
- Paul K. Neves. "Kamehameha Hall Nomination form". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Bill Mossman. "Way of the Warrior: Native Hawaiian lecture series reveals ancient secrets". U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
- http://www.kamehameha.org - Hawai‘i Chapter 1, the original Royal Order of Kamehameha I, established by Lot Kapuāiwa in 1865, *http://www.kamehameha-1.org - - The original Order of Kamehameha 1 with papers of authority and constitution statue, founded buy Lot Kapuaiwa 1865.
- Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Māmala Hoa
- Royal Order of Kamehameha I Current Chapter information
- "Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs". related site. Retrieved 2009-10-04.