To commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of the American Red Cross of Hawaii, a special month-long exhibit will be on display at Iolani Palace exploring its historical ties to the Palace and to Queen Liliuokalani.
Open to the public on September 1, the exhibit will feature the original Red Cross flag, sewn by Queen Liliuokalani and her loyal volunteers at Washington Place as testament to her commitment in supporting the Red Cross World War I efforts. The 100 year-old Red Cross flag, which is on permanent loan from the Hawaii State Archives, is normally displayed at the American Red Cross of Hawaii’s Headquarters.
Queen Liliuokalani’s Red Cross flag was presented to the Red Cross on the steps of Iolani Palace on September 14, 1917 by Hawaii Territorial Governor Lucius Pinkham and Queen Liliuokalani’s Secretary, Colonel Curtis Iaukea (photo attached). The flag was presented with a note from the Queen that read:
“The flag is an expression of my warm and hearty sympathy with the cause of humanity and an abiding faith in the work of the patriotic women in Hawaii. In presenting this emblem of the Red Cross, may I suggest that it first be displayed over the executive building so that those who see it may be reminded of their patriotic duty and know that beneath its folks, in the Throne Room of Iolani Palace, sit a group of silent workers giving of their time and untiring efforts in the work of alleviation and mercy.”
The public is invited to tour Iolani Palace to view the special Red Cross exhibit.
For Iolani Palace tour and admission information, visit www.iolanipalace.org. Sunday, September 3, is Kamaaina Sunday, when the Palace will be offering complimentary tickets to kamaaina guests on a first-come, first-served basis. A Hawaii state ID, Hawaii driver’s license, or Active Military Identification is required to receive complimentary tickets.