In 1983, the Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band partnered with the Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau and Pan American Airways in order to tour Europe, with the culminating purpose of the trip designed to officially receive a newly constructed Schellenbaum in West Germany.
Hawai’iʻs original Schellenbaum was sent to the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in remembrance of King Kalākaua’s visit to Berlin in 1881. At the time of the 1893 overthrow, members of the Provisional Government destroyed the original Schellenbaum, as they viewed it as a “symbol of royalty.” A number of Queen Liliuʻokalani’s supporters managed to recover some of the parts, which were turned over to Bishop Museum by Colonel Cutis P. Iaukea.
Hawaiʻi’s new Schellenbaum, made primarily of silver, stands 6’6” high. All Schellenbaums of the 19th century type were destroyed during World Wars I and II, making the Royal Hawaiian Band’s Schellenbaum replica the only one of its kind in the world. Donations for the project came from members throughout Hawaiʻi and around the world, with the final contributions coming from Princess Poʻomaikelani Kawānanakoa and the German Benevolent Society.
Today, the Schellenbaum is displayed at the ‘Iolani Palace Barrack’s and is used in ceremonial celebrations of the Monarchy, the most notable being the annual birthday observance of His Majesty King David Kalākaua.
The Royal Schellenbaum as seen at the ʻIolani Palace barracks. It is displayed for the public while not in use by the Royal Guards.
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