Monday, October 19, 2015

History faculty elevated in Hawaiian order

Associate Professor of History Douglas Askman, Ph.D., was elevated from Honorary Mamo Hawai‘i to Honorary Ali‘i by the Grand Council of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I on Sunday, Oct. 11.

In 2011, Askman was awarded the title of Honorary Mamo Hawai‘i in recognition of his work within the community to protect and perpetuate Hawaiian culture and history. Askman will continue to attend Royal Order events to give presentations on topics related to Hawaiian history.

Other Honorary Ali'i in the Royal Order include the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, the former Chief Justice of the Hawai'i Supreme Court Ronald Moon, and the Catholic Bishop of Honolulu Larry Silva.

The Royal Order of Kamehameha I was originally founded in 1865 by Kamehameha V as the first order of knighthood of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.  During the nineteenth century, the order was awarded to Hawaiian nationals as well as foreigners, including many heads of state.  Following the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, the Royal Order was officially abolished but maintained an underground presence. It was then publically revived at the beginning of the twentieth century by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole, a prince of the Kalākaua dynasty and Hawai‘i’s long-serving delegate to the U.S. Congress, as a civic and cultural institution to work for the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture.

Douglas Askman, Ph.D., presenting on the life of King Kamehameha V
 at the Hawai'i Supreme Court

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