Created by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Mamala Hoa (Hilo Chapter) for members of the Royal Order (all chapters), friends, associates, and supporters to connect, communicate, and network.
Moku O Māmala Hoa (Māmala Hoa) was established by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole on July 3, 1907 in Hilo, Moku O Keawe (Island of Hawai‘i) as the second chapter of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. Māmala Hoa was solemnly dedicated to honor the memory of Kamehameha and uplift the Kanaka ‘Ōiwi (aboriginal peoples of Hawai‘i). Māmala Hoa has the distinction of being named after Kamehameha’s elite pū‘ulu koa (guard unit of warriors) named Māmala Hoa (Striking War Club). This ancient pū‘ulu koa were feared for their skill and courage in battle and respected for their honor and loyalty to Kamehameha.
This inoa (name) was chosen to reflect Māmala Hoa’s bloodlines to the ancient ruling warrior chiefs of Moku O Keawe and to inspire Māmala Hoa members to imua (move forward) and ho‘omau (persevere) in their cause. Today, Māmala Hoa perpetuates its proud warrior legacy by protecting wahi pana (sacred places), advocating for Hawaiian rights, perpetuating the ancient Hawaiian culture, promoting the Ha‘a Koa (Dance of the Warrior), preserving the oli (Hawaiian chant), facilitating educational scholarships, and presenting the annual Kamehameha Festival.