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    Posted June 11, 2012 by
    Honolulu, Hawaii
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    A Royal Evening in Hawaii


    The Royal Order of Kamehameha I. 2012 Torchlight Ceremony, Honolulu, HI, June 10, 2012

    I had the great luck just few short days ago to see one of the most majestic and admired beacons of the Globe, the Statue of Liberty in New York. Tonight at sunset I had the luck to see just a shining sea and 5000 miles away, with our gorgeous flower leis beautifully decorated King Kamehameha I. Statue in Honolulu HI. Also I was so honored to witness the dignified and uplifting Torchlight Ceremony which was held by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. a front of this grand Statue of a great King. which is located opposite side of Iolani Palace, (the only Royal Palace in US). This week Hawaii pays tribute with its magnificent celebrations state wide to King Kamehameha I. who unified the Hawaiian Islands and established the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810 and he was its very first monarch. The first King Kamehameha Day, proclaimed by King Kamehameha V. to honor his grandfather, King Kamehameha I, was held on June 11, 1872. It’s now a state holiday, this is one of the first holidays ever proclaimed when Hawaii became a state in 1959. The official State holiday will be observed this year on Monday, June 11.

    Thomas R. Gould, an American sculptor who was living in Florence, Italy in the 19th century was commissioned to create the sculpture of King Kamehameha I. John Baker, a part Hawaiian and friend of Kalākaua was chosen as the model of the artist. Gould was paid $10,000 and his sculpture was sent to Paris for bronzing. But the ship which carried the statue bound for Hawaii, sank off the Falkland Islands. It was thought that the statue was lost forever. But with the money which was collected from he insurance a new statue was commissioned and that statue arrived in Honolulu in 1883. It stands in front of Aliʻiolani Hale, the Hawaii Supreme Court Building on King Street. Twice a year, on May Day and for Kamehameha Day on June 11, it is rapped with beautiful leis made from Hawaiian tropical flowers. They are six statues of King Kamehameha I. They are located: in Honolulu, in Kohala, and in Hilo of Big Island of Hawaii, Island of Maui, in Washington DC. (Thank to President Obama today this statue is placed in the Emancipation Hall in the Capitol's new visitor center.), the sixth statue resides in Las Vegas NV.


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    Video and photos by Jutka T. Emoke Barabas

    Please visit my report which is part of the King Kamehameha I. celebrations: "The Sight and Sounds of our Hawaiian Aloha". Mahalo Nui Loa



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