Iolani Palace open to the public, 1938.

The Crown Room of Iolani Palace Opened

This is the only Crown Room in the United States of America, and it is a reminder of the days when it was under the rule of the kings and queens of Hawaii nei. The appearance of the crown room these days is like that of the times of the monarchs.

This past week, the crown room of the Iolani Palace was opened once again, and it was opened to the public; Governor Poindexter and Secretary Hite [of the Citizens’ Council] opened the doors of that crown room. There were many who arrived there for the opening.

Amongst the chants [na olioli ame na kanaenae] of the ancient Hawaiians, there were eyes misted with tears with memories of the days of the monarchy, and there was also the sweet sound of the Royal Hawaiian Band [Bana Hawaii]; there were hundreds of people lined up in the only crown room in all the United States. This tour was led by Mrs. Eugenia Reis, moi of the Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors, and in attendance were the members of her association and seven other Hawaiian associations.

This remembrance was held on the 102nd birthday of King Kalakaua, and it was through his guidance that this palace was built and he was the first monarch to sit in this throne room and sat upon the throne.

The ceremony started with Governor Poindexter and his daughter along with Charles M. Hite and Mrs. Hite pulling the door knobs to open the large doors of the room.

Mrs. Reis walked all around that crown room along with the members of the various associations, while she continued chanting for King Kalakaua.

The members of the Hawaiian associations paraded in their black attire along with puloulou.

There were four kahili standing on the sides of the twin thrones made of black feathers and yellow silk material. Two of the handles of these kahili were made of kauila wood and one was made using whale ivory and Hawaiian woods. These kahili were from the time of the monarchs.

There were also newly-polished chandeliers hanging, which were lit when the commemoration ceremonies began.

There were two chanters chanting “E Kamehameha,” while the people walked in a procession, they being Mrs. Namakahelu Kapahikaua a Kamehameha and Mrs. Malia Kau.

Some of those who went to enter when the throne room was opened were Mayor Charles S. Crane, Sheriff Duke P. Kahanamoku, County Auditor Edwin P. Murray and the Inspector of Public Works Louis S. Cain.

The Associations present were the Royal Order of Kamehameha [Ahahui Kamehameha], Kaahumanu Society [Ahahui Kaahumanu], Hale o Na Alii, Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors [Na Kaikamahine ame Keikikane o na Koa Hawaii], Native Sons and Daughters of Hawaii [Na Keikikane ame Kaikamahine Hanau o ka Aina], Hawaii Promotion Committee [Ka Hui Hooholomua o Hawaii], and the Kapiolani Hospital Association [? Ka Ahahui o ka Haukapila o Kapiolani].

Because of this throne room, the United States can boast it has a throne room even if it is not ruled by a monarch.

The opening of this room will have tourists arriving in Hawaii visiting it in the future.

Hawaii is moving forward, and it will become a fixation of the great nations of the world through these exhibits.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 11/23/1938, p. 3)

Ua Wehe Ia Ka Rumi Kalaunu O Halealii Iolani

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIII, Number 30, Aoao 3. Novemaba 23, 1938.

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