Tents and chairs were set up outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace to accommodate the large crowd who attended Mass.
Iolani Palace is “dressed” for the occasion—decorated in the colors of the Hawaiian flag.
A large Hawaiian flag and a flag displaying the family crest of King Kalakaua was draped over the palace entrance.
Members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I attended the interfaith ceremony honoring Saint Damien.
The ladies of Ahahui Kaahumanu (the Kaahumanu Society) were there as well. This civic club was formed in 1864 to celebrate the life of Queen Kaahumanu.
Members of the Hawaiian royal societies line up in preparation for the arrival of Saint Damien's relic.
The red-and-gold capes worn by the members of the Hawaiian royal societies are reminiscent of the feather capes worn by the alii (Hawaiian chiefs).
The women who are dressed in white muumuu (Hawaiian dresses) and red-and-yellow capes are members of Hale o Na Alii o Hawaii.
The anxious crowd lines up to greet Damien's relic at the gates of Iolani Palace.
A Hawaiian conch shell blower announces the arrival of Saint Damien's relic.
Saint Damien's relic proceeds through the gates at Iolani Palace.
Masters of Ceremonies Niklaus Schweiser and Aaron Mahi. Mahi was formerly the conductor of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa reflects upon Damien’s hard work in Kalawao, a town on the Kalaupapa peninsula.
Hawaii Catholic Bishop Larry Silva was one of many guest speakers at the interfaith celebration for Saint Damien.
Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels and Prince David Claren Laamea Kaumualii Kawananakoa
Jan Matthysen is the Belgium’s ambassador to the United States. He excitedly said, "We Belgians cherish our connection to Hawaii!"
Reverend Christopher Keahi, SS.CC.
A view of the crowd sitting under the tent at the interfaith celebration.
Others gathered on the lawn of Iolani Palace to listen to the guest speakers.
Several people in the crowd were wearing the Damien-themed aloha shirts and dresses.
The Royal Hawaiian Band performs on the grounds of Iolani Palace during the interfaith celebration.
Ardis Gomes is a kumu hula (hula teacher) for Kawaiahao Church.
Kumu hula Ardis Gomes and her hula halau.
Kawaiahao Church liturgical dancers perform to honor the memory of Saint Damien.
Halau Hula o Maiki
The Sacred Hearts Academy Choir joins hands while singing “Hawaii Aloha.”
Special guest speakers join hands and sing along as well.
The members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I carry Saint Damien’s relic into Iolani Palace after the interfaith celebration.
The Sisters of Saint Francis hold up a banner of Saint Damien of Molokai.
Leaving Iolani Palace
Prince David Claren Laamea Kaumualii Kawananakoa and Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa.
Audrey and Yukio Toguchi follow the procession to the Hawaii State Capitol.
Damien’s relic stops at the Queen Liliuokalani statue near the Hawaii State Capitol.
The procession flows through the rotunda at the Hawaii State Capitol.
The miniature koa outrigger canoe was constructed to transport the relic from the Hawaii State Capitol to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace.
Placing the relic in front of the Damien statue.
Getting ready for the journey back to the cathedral.
Hawaii’s comedian Frank De Lima was also there to honor Saint Damien. De Lima is a Damien Memorial High School graduate and was ordained a Deacon in 1974.
Audrey and Yukio Toguchi pause for a picture.
Damien-themed banners were held near the front of the procession.
Saint Damien's relic passes Washington Place, the former home of many Hawaii governors. It was also the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch.
The Knights of Columbus participate in the procession back to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace.
The procession fills up the sidewalk in downtown Honolulu.
Saint Damien's relic arrives at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu.
Evening Mass is held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace for Saint Damien.
Bishop Larry Silva leads the church in prayer services.
People flocked to the second floor of the cathedral to get a glimpse of Damien’s relic.
Bishop Larry Silva arranges the ilima lei in the new shrine that will permanently house Damien’s relic.
Audrey Toguchi places a maile lei in the shrine.
Hawaii Bishop Larry Silva pauses to reflect on the new shrine for Saint Damien's relic.
Damien's relic is now permanently housed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace.