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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           November 9, 2005

Release No. M-96                                                                  

 

 

CITY HALL GETS A TOUCH OF ROYALTY, TEMPORARILY  

           

            Mayor Hannemann today announced that, beginning next week, some of King David Kalakaua’s personal mementoes will be on display for the next seven weeks in the mayor’s office reception area at Honolulu Hale.

            The Free and Accepted Masons of Hawaii and the Lodge Le Progres de l’Oceanie have agreed to lend the City for the display:

·       Past Master Jewels of King Kalakaua, a medal worn by the king while he was master of the lodge.

·       Past Master Jewels of John Dominis, the husband of Queen Lili‘uokalani.

·       Silver tools Kalakaua commissioned for laying the cornerstone of ‘Iolani Palace in 1879.

·       Documents related to Kalakaua’s 1876 term as master of the lodge.

            They will be on display at Honolulu Hale at a time when, coincidentally, a Red Cross flag sewn by  Lili‘uokalani and her ladies is temporarily being housed at the adjacent Mission Memorial Auditorium. The flag, which the queen presented to the Red Cross in 1917, is normally housed at the Diamond Head Road headquarters of the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross. That building is undergoing renovation. (See release M-92.)

            “We were happy to help the Red Cross when they approached us about storing the Queen’s flag while their headquarters undergoes renovation,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

            The Masons offered to let the City display Kalakaua’s mementoes to commemorate the anniversary of Kalakaua’s birthday. Mayor Hannemann and members of the lodge will mark that occasion with a ceremony at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, at the King Kalakaua (Waikiki Gateway) Park at Kuhio and Kalakaua avenues. The Masons laid the foundation for the statue of Kalakaua, which was erected at the park in 1989.

            “We thank the Masons for their kind loan of the king’s mementoes,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “We will display these priceless items in my outer office at Honolulu Hale. And this will begin what we plan to be a continuing series of displays, under the leadership of Michael Pili Pang, the director of the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, to help educate and uplift visitors to City hall.”

            The Lodge Le Progres de l’Oceanie was chartered in 1843, the first Masonic lodge west of the Rocky Moutnains. King Kamehameha IV (1859, 1861-62) and Kalakaua served as masters of the lodge, whose members laid the cornerstones for ‘Iolani Palace and McKinley High School. Kamehameha IV founded Queen’s Medical Center during his first term as master. Members of the lodge also helped found the Honolulu Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

           

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Contact:

            Michael Pili Pang, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, 523-4674

            James Willig, Master of Lodge Le Progres de l’Oceanie,  949-7809

            Coralie Chun Matayoshi, American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter, 739-8101

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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