Greetings of Aloha & Royal Procession for Iolani Palace VIPʻs
A Journey Back in Time to the Reign of the Last King of Hawai`i
International VIPs gathered at `Iolani Palace to enjoy a historic dinner following an evening tour of the palace and all of it’s grandeur, to commorate the reign of King David Kalākaua (Nov. 16, 1836-Jan. 20, 1891), the last male ruler of Hawai`i. The palace, built in the late 1800s, was the official residence of the king, and is one of only 2 royal palaces located in the United States. The other is Hānaiakamālama, the Queen Emma Summer Palace, home of Alexander Iolani Liholiho (Feb. 1834-1863), who reigned as King Kamehameha IV with his consort, Queen Emma (Jan. 2, 1836-April 25, 1885).
Kahu Silva was called upon to offer a special oil aloha (chant of welcome) to honor the guests for this unique occasion. With the presentation of an ancient Hawaiian oli ho`okuakāhi (chant to clear the path), Kahu escorted them in a royal procession to dine in the Coronation Pavilion. Kahu was honored to be taught the oli ho`okuakāhi by grand-master chanter, Uncle George Holokai who also instructed Kahu to use the oli in circumstances appropriate for a royal procession as it was used during the royal processions of the monarcy era. Prior to The grand table settings and lush floral arrangements, featured menu cards with a design motif from King Kalākaua’s coronation festivities in 1883. With period costumes and an evening of music including Hawaii Pono`ī, the anthem of the State of Hawaii’ (lyrics written by King Kalākaua) guests stepped back in time to experience the royal elegance, Hawaiian hospitality and aloha of Hawaiiʻs beloved Merrie Monarch – Hawaii’s own true son.