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Check Six – 2016: Post of the Guard

November 6, 2016


On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, the Royal Guard will conduct their annual posting of the guard at Iolani Palace.

The unit made its first public appearance on November 16, 1963 at Iolani Palace to commemorate King David Kalakaua’s birthday. The unit has posted the guard every year since. The Royal Guard appears at many public events honoring veterans and the U.S. military in Hawaii throughout the year.

Historically, the ceremonial Royal Guard recreates the troops who guarded Hawai‘i’s monarchy in the latter half of the 19th century. All members of this Hawai‘i Air National Guard ceremonial unit have some Hawaiian ancestry. Uniforms and accouterments worn by the unit are exact replicas of King Kalakaua’s Royal Guard. All commands are given in Hawaiian.

Col Walter "Papa" Judd

Hawai‘i Air National Guard’s Colonel Walter Foulke Judd, is credited with recreating the ceremonial Royal Guard unit, saving the ‘Iolani Barracks and early restoration of ‘Iolani Palace. The 1940 enlistee of the Hawai‘i Army National Guard’s Company K, 299th Infantry (Moloka‘i) served in World War II’s European Theatre as a decorated Army Air Corps navigator.

He was an original member of the new post-World War II Hawai‘i National Air Guard and a prolific writer of Hawaiian history. Known by many as “Papa” Judd, he passed away on November 20, 2000.

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