The Royal Guards of Hawaii

The Hawaii Royal Guards

The Hawaii Royal Guards

At present only one unit American military unit wears a “sun helmet” – the Royal Guard of the Hawaii National Guard, a ceremonial unit of the Air National Guard. It essentially “re-enacts” the royal bodyguards of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the late 19th century.

The Royal Guards at the ʻIolani Barracks' circa 1890

The Royal Guards at the ʻIolani Barracks’ circa 1890

The actual bodyguards disbanded when the monarch fell at the end of the 19th century, and the current Royal Guards were created 1962. It is made up of Hawaii residents who are Hawaii Air National Guardsman, and who are either full or part-Hawaiian ancestry. The unit serves at state functions and as for the state’s governor.

A white sun helmet is part of the uniform along with white pants and a dark blue jacket.

A white sun helmet is part of the uniform along with white pants and a dark blue jacket.

A clear view of the uniform of the Hawaii Royal Guard

A clear view of the uniform of the Hawaii Royal Guard

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