The Royal Order of the Star of Oceania, Commander
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The Royal Order of the Star of Oceania was created by King Kalakaua on December 16, 1886, and originated from his vision of a confederation of independent Polynesian nations. This Order was awarded to individuals for distinguished service to the sovereign in the promotion of Hawaii throughout the islands. There are 7 classes, Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, Companion and two under grades of medals.
The Commander is smaller than the Grand Officer, and the star is surmounted by a crimson replica of the crown of Hawaii. KA HOKU O OSIANIA is inscribed around the shield, translating to ‘The Star of Oceania.’ This award is worn from a pale green neck ribbon with a white stripe along each edge. The Commander was conferred on 8 foreigners and subjects, with the latter paying an admittance fee of $100.
The Star of Oceania was conferred on 25 individuals by King Kalakaua, and was last awarded on July 26, 1890. This is the only order that King Kalakaua did not confer himself. The pale green ribbon is so pale, it often fades to white.
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