Witness a treasured ceremony that dates back to the time of Hawai‘i’s ali‘i (royal class). The Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony is the regal and fitting start to the month of Aloha Festivals. The afternoon begins with the Royal Court Investiture on the grounds of Helumoa at The Royal Hawaiian’s Coconut Grove, the historic home of Princess Pauahi. There, the newly-appointed mō‘ī kāne (king), mō‘ī wahine (queen), kamāli‘i kāne (prince), kamāli‘i wahine (princess) and various court attendants will assume their role to perpetuate the royal legacy of Hawai‘i’s people throughout all Aloha Festivals events.
Attendees will witness this ceremony modeled after those of ancient Hawai‘i, where the newly-chosen royal court will don their colorful traditional cloaks, helmets, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Following the Investiture all are welcomed to follow the grand procession to the Royal Grove at Royal Hawaiian Center for the Opening Ceremony, where traditional hula, chants and musical performances at center stage make for a spectacular evening in the heart of Waikīkī.