History of Lodge Maui

 

 

          In 1872 the 3rd. Lodge of Free Masons in Hawaii was chartered on Maui, by the Grand Lodge of California, it was called Maui Lodge No. 223, with 10 members, which met in a building at Main & High Streets in Wailuku.

          The members were: George B. Whipple, Worshipful Master; Daniel F. Sanford, Senior Warden; George Miller, Junior Warden; Eugene Bal, Treasurer; Eben B. Tallant, Secretary; Marcellus E. Newton, Senior Deacon; Christopher Farden, Junior Deacon; Sam E. Ford, Tyler.

On November 17, 1877 the lodge was forced to give up its charter due to the hardship of travel, plus some members had moved, the remaining members did not give up Masonry, but affiliated with Hawaiian Lodge # 21, in Honolulu.

          The desire for companionship and association among the Masons of Maui persisted through the years. Then on May 24, 1904, fourteen (14) Master Masons from ten (10) different Lodges and eight (8) jurisdictions gathered at the home of Dr. Dinegar on invitations to discuss the wisdom of establishing a Masonic Lodge again on the island of Maui. Some opposition was advanced to the organization of a Lodge in view of previous failures. But, the final decision was made to try. Assuming that a dispensation would be forthcoming from some source.

          A communication was sent to the Grand Lodge of California. Which received an indifferent response. Then a letter was sent to Mr. Henry Cooper, Acting District Grand Master in Honolulu regarding affiliation with the Grand Lodge of Scotland. On August 7, 1904, a ballot was taken whether to seek affiliation with California Grand Lodge, or the Grand Lodge of Scotland. On account of the cold reception from the Grand Lodge of California, the latter jurisdiction was chosen.

          Of those instrumental in forming the new lodge, not one could have conferred a degree, or open or close a lodge credibly. Instructions on Masonic Law and Ritualistic work was imperative. R.W.M. John Kidwell for Pacific Lodge #822 under the Grand Lodge of Scotland, (this Lodge later became Honolulu # 409, under the Grand Lodge of California.) performed this service. It occupied more than six (6) weeks, devoted entirely to Masonic work. The Lodge furniture, jewels were selected and purchases were authorized. It is noteworthy that the same alter and furniture now graces our Lodge Room.

          September 22, 1904 was a memorable day for the new Lodge. The Knights of Pythias Hall in Wailuku had been secured as a meeting place and Installation Ceremonies were held. The expected dispensation had been received and the Right Worshipful Henry Cooper, Acting Grand Master of the Territory of Hawaii, convened the Grand Lodge of Scotland, at Wailuku Hall for the purpose of consecration Lodge Maui # 984 F. & A. M.

          Lodge was opened on the First Degree, passed to Second Degree, and raised to the Third Degree and reverted to the First Degree for the purpose of installing the officers.

 

The Officers installed were:

Robert H. Dinegar, R.W. Master,

Donald Francis Nicholson, Deputy Master

James Scott, Substitute Master,

Auwae Noa Kepoikai, Senior Warden

Daniel Hebard Case, Junior Warden

Victor L. Boeck, Secretary

William Tate Robinson, Treasurer

George Weight, Senior Deacon

Charles E. Copeland, Junior Deacon

Maxmillian Eckart, Inner Guard

William George Scott, Tyler

 

          The first Stated Meeting of Lodge Maui # 984 U.D., was held September 24, 1904, with ten (10) members and seventeen (17) visitors present. On October 10, 1918, The Grand Lodge of California issued a Charter to Lodge Maui # 472. However, it was not until December 4, 1918 the First Stated Meeting was held under Grand Lodge of California jurisdiction. Where the Lodge remained until May 20, 1989.

          On May 20, 1989, all Masonic Lodges in Hawaii, came under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Hawaii. The Lodge is now known as: Lodge Maui F. & A. M.

       

 

Much of this information came from 

Worshipful Brother Arthur B. Brown, Past Master Lodge Maui #472 (1925)