Authority Statement of the Order
Authorized by the 35th Article of the 1864 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i (08/12/1864), King Kamehameha V established the Order of Kamehameha I by Royal Decree on April 11, 1865 at the ‘Iolani Palace (original coral structure). The Royal Decree was made with the endorsement of the King’s Privy Council of State and establishes the Order’s mission and authorizes the Order to carry out its kuleana, in perpetuity, as an institution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.
Mission Statement of the Order
To cultivate and develop among Our People the feelings of Honour and Loyalty to Our Kingdom, and it’s institutions. To confer honourary distinctions upon such of Our People and foreigners as have rendered or may hereafter render to Our Kingdom and People important services.
Aloha ke Akua:
To recognize ke Akua (God) as the supreme being, to acknowledge His hand in all things, and to be appreciative of His many blessings.
To love others as one’s self and to do so unconditionally, living a life of charity, compassion, and forgiveness towards others.
To be humble, grateful, and teachable; treating others with respect and Aloha. To recognize and appreciate ke Akua’s hand in all things and to be submissive to His will at all times.
To think, speak, and act in a manner that is honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. To be balanced physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
To recognize the ‘Ohana (family) as the fundamental building block that makes up the very fabric of the community, society, and lāhui (nation). Strong families = strong communities and strong communities = a strong lāhui. As such, the ‘ohana and those individuals making up the ‘ohana unit (kamali‘i, makua, and kupuna) must be cherished, respected, and protected.
To find, learn, and preserve one’s genealogy; to know who we are by knowing where we came from. In knowing our genealogy we can bind ourselves to our kupuna (ancestors), who in turn, can inspire, guide, and protect us.
To seek enlightenment, not only the acquirement of knowledge, but of true intelligence, that is, to use knowledge in a Pono way.
To understand and fulfill one’s area of responsibility and stewardship as a privilege and honor.
To mālama (care for) the physical and spiritual well being of persons and places you have Kuleana.
To seek harmony, peace, unity, collaboration, and balance.
To be steadfast, firm, constant, immovable, loyal, and faithful to that which is Pono.
To develop the virtues of the koa (warrior) including, courage, loyalty, justice, mercy, generosity, hope, faith (in ke Akua), and nobility (to act nobly); and to exercise these virtues in the Pono defense and advancement of the individual, ‘ohana, community, and Lāhui (Country).
To develop and promote great aloha for kulaiwi (homeland) and Lāhui (Country).