Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kilauea Masonic Lodge

Kilauea Masonic Lodge Hawai‘i was first visited by Freemasons as early as the early-1790s; over time, other Freemasons (mariners, merchants and professionals) visited the Islands. However, it was a French mariner who introduced this British cultural export into Hawai‘i (Joseph Marie Le Tellier, Captain of the French whaling barque "Ajax".) On February 4, 1897, the Grand Master of Masons in California, Thomas Flint, Jr., issued a dispensation to open and hold a Masonic Lodge to be called, “Kilauea Lodge.” “The Masonic Hall Association at its meeting Saturday last decided definitely to built a fine brick and stone building upon their lot recently purchased of the Territory at the corner of Waianuenue and Bridge streets.”

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