E Komo Mai (Welcome)
The Calabash Cousins of Hawai‘i are a group of men and women who believe in and support the mission of the Daughters of Hawai‘i.
The Daughters of Hawai‘i were organized in 1903 by seven kama‘aina women who feared the loss of Hawaiian culture. The mission of the group is to:
- Perpetuate the memory and spirit of old Hawai‘i
- Preserve the nomenclature and correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian language
- Preserve historical Hawaiian sites
They restore and maintain two furnished palaces used by former Hawaiian Royalty for the benefit of the public.
- On Oahu is Queen Emma Summer Palace (Hanaiakamalama) in Nu‘uanu Valley, Honolulu.
- On the Island of Hawai‘i is Hulihe‘e Palace in Kailua-Kona.
In 1986 the Calabash Cousins were organized as a support group for the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the two museums entrusted to their care. Their mission is the same as the Daughters. Members (both male and female) pay an annual or lifetime fee and are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities and cultural events.