Ahahui Kaahumanu

Royal society of Native Hawaiian women

Queen Ka'ahumanu

Painting of Queen Ka’ahumanu by Herb Kane

The Ahahui Ka’ahumanu is a royal benevolent society of Native Hawaiian women who honor Queen Ka’ahumanu and her legacy. It was founded in 1864 by Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria Kamamalu, granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great, as a women’s movement to care for the sick and to see they received a dignified burial. The Ahahui was discontinued after the Princess died, and then revived by Lady Lucy Peabody in 1905. Today, the Ahahui is a statewide organization with nine chapters and 500+ members throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Chapter IV Wailuku, Maui was established on July 26, 1923. The official regalia consist of the black dress, black hat, black shoes, ribbon, pin, and lei hulu (feather lei).

Queen Elisabeth Ka’ahumanu (March 17, 1768-June 5, 1832) was the favorite wife of King Kamehameha the Great who unified the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict. Queen Ka’ahumanu broke the kapu forbidding men and women from eating together, created the office of kuhina nui (co-ruler), converted to Christianity, learned to read, and ordered schools built on the islands and books made available to the commoners which led to a highly literate population before the U.S.

Mele Fong was sponsored by President Liz Morales and initiated into Chapter IV Wailuku Maui on 11 September 2004. The chapter provides scholarships, a monthly meal at a homeless shelter, and other community projects.

Mele Fong arranged the traditional Hawaiian song O Oe IO and performed it along with Ahahui sisters who sang and and played ukulele and danced hula for the 185th anniversary celebration of Ka’ahumanu Church on Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Wailuku, Maui.

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Annual Christmas Party – 2019
Kamehameha Day March in Kahului – 2019, 2017, 2005
Kamehameha Day Parade in Lahaina – 2019, 2017
Queen’s Festival (for Queen Ka’ahumanu at Kaahumanu Center) – 2017 announcement
Queen Kaahumanu’s Birthday – 2014

Ahahui Kaahumanu

Queen Kaahumanu Postcard