The Queen, the flag, and the Boy Scouts, 1914.

Lincoln’s Birthday Marked By Graceful Courtesy of Hawaii’s Queen


From left to right: Col. C. P. Iaukea, the Queen, Mrs. George Smithies, Scout Commissioner Wilder and Scout Henry Thompson.

Liliuokalani, With Queenly Charm, Presents Flag to Boy Scouts.

“Honolulu V,” Boy Scouts of Hawaii, was formally christened “The Queen’s Own” yesterday afternoon, that title being conferred on them by Her Majesty, Queen Liliuokalani.

The aged ex-Queen stood proudly erect in the portico of her home, Washington Place, while twenty-one soldierly small boys, under the leadership of Scout Commissioner J. A. Wilder and Scoutmaster Harry S. Hayward, formed in line and saluted her. Liliuokalani was supported by Kaipo, with Col. Curtis P. Iaukea, Her Majesty’s chamberlain, acting as master of ceremonies, and John Dominis, Mrs. C. P. Iaukea and Gerrit P. Wilder in attendance.

Boys Presented to Queen.

An improvised dais was then arranged on the lawn in front, and, when Her Majesty was seated, the company of Boy Scouts paraded. The commander, James A. Wilder, then addressed the Queen, saying:

“Your Majesty, I have the honor to present to you Honolulu V Troop of Boy Scouts. These boys were the first ones to enter the organization in the Hawaiian Islands, three years ago, and as you see, Your Majesty, they are still sticking to it.”

He then explained that the boys would give an exhibition drill, showing how they would transfer an injured lad over a swift, unfordable stream by means of ropes and poles and an improvised sling. While one squad was fixing their apparatus, another squad gave an exhibition of the strenuous drill, the “fireman’s carry” and the “queen’s chair.” As the boys made a queen’s chair, Liliuokalani turned to Iaukea and exclaimed: “We used to do that when we were children.”

After the “first aid” exercises had been ably illustrated, the Boy Scouts were again paraded. Commander Wilder gave the order, “Henry Thompson, step out,” and a martial looking youngster whom Wilder said was the best boy as well as the best Boy Scout in the whole battalion, stepped out of ranks and stood at attention before the Queen.

Expresses Queen’s Appreciation.

Colonel Iaukea spoke for Her Majesty, thanking the officers of the organization for the pleasure which the very excellent and soldierly drill had afforded her. As an appreciation, he said, the Queen took great pleasure in presenting a beautiful silk Hawaiian flag, on which had been embroidered the Queen’s private crest and motto, “Onipaa,” which signifies “Be steadfast.” This emblem, he said, was presented by the Queen as an appreciation of the splendid showing this company had made.

While the boys retired to fasten the new flag on a staff, Wilder thanked Her Majesty, in the name of the Boy Scouts, for the honor thus conferred upon them. This day, he said, would long be remembered by those whom she had honored.

“May you live long, Your Majesty,” he said, “that we may pay our respects to you on the anniversary of this day, and occasion for many years to come.”

The flag, which will now become the most cherished possession of Hawaii’s Boy Scouts, was made by Mrs. Harry S. Hayward.

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 2/13/1914, p. 7)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume LVIII, Number 9835, Page 7. February 13, 1914.

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