FATIMA, PORTUGAL – 6 Feb, 2017 – HRH Princess Owana Ka‘helelani Salazar has reestablished the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai‘i in a protocol exchange with HRH Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and Head of the Royal Family of Portugal, and other members of royal families and nobility of Europe and Africa. This historic event is the first exchange of royal honors between foreign houses of royalty and the Hawaiian Kingdom since the overthrow 124 years ago.
The Order was first introduced as the Order of the Cross and Crown in an Order-in-Council of H.M. King Kamehameha III in July 1848, through his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Robert Wyllie. The Order was not conferred until the reign of H.M. King Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuaiwa. The statues of the Order, as the Order of the Crown of Hawai’i, were amended during the reign of H.M. King Kal’kaua and awards of the Order continued. After H.M. Queen Lili’uokalani was illegally deposed, the Order of the Crown was again held in abeyance. Princess Owana is committed to recognize great service to the Hawaiian nation, through the resumption of awarding membership in the Royal Order of the Crown, the first order of knighthood conceived for the Hawaiian Kingdom and thus the oldest.
At a gala at Fatima, Princess Owana and her family were awarded several honors. Received by Princess Owana were Dame Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Royal House of Portugal, Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael of the Wing, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal House of Egypt, Dame Grand Cross of the Crested Crane of Rwanda, these bein some of the highest honors bestowed by these royal families. The deep and cordial relations between the Portuguese and Hawaiian royal houses and their peoples were acknowledged by H.M. King Kal’kaua in awarding the grand cross of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I to H. M. King Luis I of Portugal in 1881. The present ceremony is in the spirit of the historic relationship between the two nations.
Princess Owana intends to restore relationships with royal houses around the world, especially among those nations that recognized the independence of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Contacts for further information:
Elizabeth Moreno – Press Secretary 808.364.6607
Dr. Paul Klieger – Chancellor for the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai’i
Photo caption: HRH Princess Owana (center) with HM King Yuhi VI of Rwanda (Ieft) and HRH Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza (Portugal).
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