The Royal Order of the Star of Oceania, Grand Cross
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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 Grand Cross Star is worn on the breast and the design speaks elements of the sea and sky. It is work on a cordon or sash of pale green with a white stripe near each edge. A Commander Pendant is suspended from the bow of the cordon. KA HOKU O OSIANIA is inscribed around the shield, translating to ‘The Star of Oceania.’ While subjects were limited to 30 individuals and had to pay an admittance fee of $150, this class was never conferred.
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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