The Royal Order of the Star of Oceania, Grand Officer
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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 Officer bears the same insignia as the Grand Cross, but is without a cordon or sash. KA HOKU O OSIANIA is inscribed around the shield, translating to ‘The Star of Oceania.’ Subjects were limited to 30, and paid an admittance fee of $ 125. This class was only conferred twice, both times in 1887. One to Henry R. Armstrong, the Hawaiian Consul General England and the other to Colonel Jas. H. Boyd, the Hawaiian Interior Department Clerk.
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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