Royal Order of Kalakaua I, Collar


SKU: 01.HAW.0102.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$96000+ USD

  • Collar Obverse

Estimated market value:

$96000+ USD


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The Royal Order of Kalakaua I was implemented by King Kalakaua I on September 28, 1875 to commemorate his election to the throne on February 21, 1874. There are four classes, Knights Grand Cross, Knights Grand Officer, Knights Commander and Knights Companion, bestowed upon both subjects and foreigners.

King Kalakaua I was elected to the throne in 1874 and ruled until his death in 1891. He was referred to as the “Merrie Monarch” due to his love of music, parties and fine food, and is known for restoring cultural practices and traditions to the land and people. He was largely responsible for instituting the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875, which allowed Hawaii to export a variety of products including sugar to the US, duty-free. King Kalakaua was the last reigning king of Hawaii. He was succeeded by his sister, Liliu’olani.

This Order was awarded to individuals for distinguished service to the state and sovereign, and was bestowed a total of 239 times by King Kalakaua and 15 times by Queen Liliu’olani. A Grand Council of all active conferred individuals in the Kingdom could be called for a general meeting on February 12, each year. The Order was last awarded in 1892 and became obsolete in 1893.

The Knights Grand Cross Collar is limited to heads of state and was only conferred twice. Once recipient was the Prince of Wales who received the Collar in 1881, before ascending to the British Crown as King Edward VII, and the other was King Kalakaua himself.


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