The Royal Order of Kamehameha at Ka'ahumanu Church this morning.

December 8th, 2013, 10pm

It was 27.8°C with few clouds. The breeze was light.

Echoes of indigenous Hawaii’s monarchic system remain today. To my eye, much of it is ritualistic, although the mere fact that organizations exist to perpetuate not just the name but the reality of what used to be a highly structured system of royalty suggests something else beneath the surface.

The chants certainly remain strong, echoing powerfully within a church or around a grove of ancient trees, even along a lava flow plain.

Will it one day return, or are these hints of monarchy like the afterglow of sunset? Hard to say, really. But again, the fact that one cannot really put a definitive period at the end of this particular sentence…

Craig, Cassie and David Wade said thanks.

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Lloyd Nebres

I lived in a village and homestead set aside for people of Hawaiian ancestry. I am not Hawaiian but had been adopted into the culture—to my profound gratitude.

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