The King’s Guard

The King’s Guards were an elite group of soldiers who were stationed at the royal palace in to guard the kings of Hawaii in the 1800’s.

Yes – Hawaii was once ruled by a king!

The Guards faithfully fulfilled their duties until the Hawaiian monarchy ended, at which time they were decommissioned. In 1972, the King’s Guard was reorganized. Members of a championship drill team were recruited to create a special attraction which would revive and preserve the history of the Hawaiian of the 1800’s

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The Changing of the Guard ceremony was then launched, featuring a flag lowering ceremony followed by a drill exhibition performance.

Today this ceremony is the longest running daily event in Waikiki. Camera-toting visitors from around the world are drawn to King’s Village at 6:15 p.m. to witness the snap and precision of the Guards.

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Hawaii is the only state with a royal palace.

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“First time visitors are often shocked to witness a group of men with rifles and are relieved to find out that the rifles are used only for precision drill. “

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