Welcome to the website of Māmalahoa where you will find information and gain insight on the Royal Order of Kamehameha I (Order) in general and Māmalahoa in particular. While the Order is Hawaii’s oldest Hawaiian organization and is one of the most iconic organizations associated with Hawaii’s recent past, the Order remains an enigma to the vast majority of Hawaii and World. As such, there is a need for enlightenment regarding this very important and significant organization, especially for Kānaka ‘Ōiwi (aboriginal peoples of Hawai‘i).

Authorized by the 1865 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, King Kamehameha V established the Order by Royal Decree at a Privy Council of State held at the ‘Iolani Palace, on April 11, 1865. The Royal Decree established the Order’s mission and authorized the Order to carry out its kuleana in perpetuity.

As a chapter member of this Most Noble Order, Māmalahoa honors its origins and namesake by supporting the Hawaiian Kingdom, and uplifting Kānaka ‘Ōiwi, physically, mentally, and spiritually. In addition, Māmalahoa acts to protect, preserve, and perpetuate, Kānaka ‘Ōiwi culture, customs, and traditions. Its core values include the recognition of Ke Akua, living Aloha, and promoting the ‘Ohana as the fundamental building block to build strong communities and a strong Lāhui (Hawaiian Nation). Māmalahoa promotes sovereignty of self, i.e., living a life free of addiction, dependence, substance abuse, poor health, and ignorance. Māmalahoa honors the memory of Kamehameha with the presentation of the annual KamehamehaFestival on Mokuola in Hilo, encourages and develops kāne leadership in the home and community, protects wahi pana (sacred places), and advocates for the preservation and advancement of Hawaiian rights and benefits.

E Ho‘okanaka
(Know who you are and act accordingly, as a Kanaka ‘Ōiwi)

E hume i ka malo, e hoʻokala i ka ihe

Gird the loincloth, sharpen the spear

Note on Diacriticals
Māmalahoa recognizes the use of diacritical markings of the (modern) Hawaiian language including the ‘okina [‘] (which represents a glottal stop – a consonant) and the kahakō [-] (a macron used to indicate long vowels). Māmalahoa recognizes the importance of using these markings to preserve the language and culture of Hawai‘i and respectfully uses them in all communications including this website.