The REAL Treasure of the Hawaiian Kingdom


I have always been fascinated by the jewels, crowns and tiaras of various sovereigns of Russia (the completely diamond-encrusted crown of Catherine the Great being the knock-out example!), CATHERINEtheGREATcrown_tumblr_m3biszBpVc1rn0gj7o1_1280Bulgaria, Italy and especially Great Britain.  The Metropolitan Museum in New York City once was hosting a Byzantium Show to which our monastery traveled.  At the same time as the Byzantium exhibit was a show of fabulous jewels from around the world… I couldn’t resist and left the Byzantium Show and spent a long time lost in the glitter of the Jewels Show!  I must admit that this is an odd obsession for a monk whose whole lifestyle is one of renunciation but for me that show made me feel like a starving kid staring through the windows of a bakery!  Perhaps I will someday understand this odd attraction!

Royal Crown_of_Hawaii1_BWOn my 2010 trip to Hawaii I was able to go to…

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