HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Iolani Palace is installing an exhibit in the Palace Galleries on Royal Pageantry and one component of the exhibit showcases King Kalâkaua and his predecessors' connection and membership with the secret society known as Freemasons. King Kalâkaua belonged to the Lodge le Progres l'Oceanie, which still exists today and meets in one of the buildings on the grounds of the Palace. It was through this membership that Hawaiian monarchs were able to forge some of their connections with European nations. The cornerstone of 'Iolani Palace was laid in 1879 with full Masonic rites.
The public will be able to view for the first time rare artifacts and documents that confirm the ali'i's connection to the Freemasons. The exhibit opens on March 3rd.