Dec. 11, 2011, Mauna’ala — It is Founder’s Day 2011 for the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. Nā Hoahanau a me Nā Wahine began the day at Kawaiaha’o Church for Ali’i Sunday honoring Lot Kapu’āiwa, King Kamehameha V.
Following church services, the celebration moved to Mauna’ala where, as part of the commemoration, Honorary Ali’i Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon was elevated to Knight’s Companion, or Knighthood, in the Royal Order of Kamehameha I with Ali’i Nui Sir William F. Roback conducting the ceremonies. Ali’i No’eau Loa Sir Roland Ahuna assisted while Ali’i ‘Aimoku Sir Arthur Aiu presided. Lani Ali’i Sir William F. Souza was protocol officer and Ali’i Ikaika Bantolina served as Kahuna Pule.
Many of Ali’i Sir Ronald Moon’s family and friends were in attendance to witness the special occasion. Special guests included Ali’i Moon’s mother; Mr. Young-kil Suh, Consul General of the Republic of Korea; as well as two Hawai’i members of the Hawai’i Supreme Court in their court regalia.
Photos by Mamo Hawai’i Blaine Fergerstrom, Kū’auhau, Helu ‘Ekahi