Rep. Gabbard Honors Royal Order of Kamehameha IApril 12, 2016, 8:35 AM HST (Updated April 12, 2016, 8:24 AM)
United States Representative Tulsi Gabbard introduced a resolution Monday at the United States House of Representatives, recognizing the 150th anniversary of The Royal Order of Kamehameha I, the oldest royal order organization in the state.
The resolution, which was co-sponsored by fellow Representative Mark Takai, was submitted to celebrate “the legacy of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, and recognizes the importance of the organization, its members, and this sesquicentennial event.”
“For 150 years, the Royal Order of Kamehameha has honored the legacy of Hawai’i’s King Kamehameha I, as well as helped to cultivate and perpetuate the culture, traditions, and practices of Native Hawaiians. Today, the Royal Order continues to honor its namesake and fulfill its mission of uplifting our communities by supporting and empowering the Native Hawaiian people,” said Rep. Gabbard. “I urge my colleagues to join me in congratulating The Royal Order of Kamehameha I on 150 years of service, and celebrating the legacy of this unique cultural and historical treasure.”
The Royal Order of Kamehameha I was established on April 11, 1865. Members are active in several events throughout the island, including numerous parades and the annual King Kamehameha Day lei draping ceremony in Downtown Hilo.