Fifth Annual Lili‘uokalani Birthday Commemoration, August 31

The ‘Iolani Guild celebrated Queen Lili‘uokalani’s Birthday on Saturday, August 31 at the Soldier’s Chapel, Scofield, Wahiawa. The event was attended by members of the Royal Societies, as well as Bishop Fitzpatrick and The Rt. Rev. Carl Wright. Bishop Suffragan for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries. This was the fifth year the ‘Iolani Guild has celebrated the Queen’s birthday at the Chapel, to honor her generosity in founding it. In 1913, Lili‘uokalani raised money for the construction of the Soldiers Chapel on Schofield Barracks. It was the first church on the post, and housed a bell donated by the 5th U.S. Cavalry Regiment in 1912. It’s unclear why she chose to give the church to soldiers who were from the country that played a role in her overthrow, but most believe it was an example of her generosity and ability to forgive.

Following are some photos from this event, by Ann Hansen.

This year the ʻIolani Guild rented a bus to drive us directly onto Schofield Base to the Soldiers’ Chapel.
At the front of the bus are Rose Mary Thompson (left side) and Maddie Lum (right side.)
The ‘Iolani Guild enters the Chapel with Momi Cazimero in the lead.
Before the service,
The lei which will be given as hoʻokupu are laid out and ready.
Ann poses with the portrait of Queen Lili’uokalani and tropical flower arrangement she brought from her yard.
Roth blows the Pū in four directions to announce the beginning of the service while dignitaries wait to take their place in the procession.
Roth leads the procession by chanting an oli.
Reverends Haʻaheo and Kaleo process into the chapel.
Members of the Royal Societies were in attendance wearing their dramatic and dignified capes.
Bishop Fitzpatrick speaks about Queen Liliʻu.
Bishop Fitzpatrick speaks about Queen Liliʻu.
Bishops Fitzpatrick and Carl Wright, the Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces, listen to the historian present a history of Schofield Base and this Chapel.
The Queen’s portrait is bedecked.
The ʻIolani Guild recesses out with Harumi Miyaki, Maddy Lum, Stanley Yon and Rose Mary Thompson in left to right order.ecesses
At the end of the service, everyone poses in front of the Chapel. This was the fifth annual service and each year the number of speakers and number in attendance increases.
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