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"To see the light by which Masons Work"
Aloha Brethren, I congratulate our newly raised Master
Mason, Brother Josh Stueber.  Kilauea and Kona lodge joined
ranks to put on his degree. It was quite an event and as always
a nice time to catch up with the brethren. I thank all the officers
who participated for all your hard work and dedication; it
reflects why I feel very fortunate to be a member of the greatest
fraternity the world has ever seen.
     I extend my concerns on everyone’s well- being with
passing of hurricane Lane. I hope that none of you have
suffered any type of damages or losses. If you have; please
contact either of our lodges respectively.
    I will be out of town for the September Stated meeting so
please extend your support to our Senior Warden, Troy Gibson,
as he will be sitting in the East.
     I extend a warm invitation to all brethren, traveling brethren
and their families to come and join us for dinner on our stated
dinner & meeting held on September 5 at 6pm.  
     Fraternally Yours,
     Chris Domino  Master  

    Aloha brethren, I want to first thank each and every brother
from Kilauea and Kona Lodge that participated in the joint third
degree on the 15th.  The journey for Brother Stueber has just
begun and you all did a great job in making that a memorable
experience.  It was a honor to work with all of you and I
personally was proud to see the lodges work together.  We will
continue to move forward as a Island and support each other
as needed in whatever way possible.
     As we move to the later portion of the Masonic year, there
is a lot of work that needs to be done and I know each and
everyone of you is up to the task.
     I would again ask all of you to invite any brother we haven’t
seen in a while to come and visit the lodge. Many new faces
are around and it’s a great opportunity to socialize with your
Masonic family.   I purposefully chose the word family because
that’s truly what I feel we have.  Our bond is threefold and I
truly appreciate all the different personalities and perspectives
each of you bring just like in a family.  Our growth would
stagnant if we all were the same.  It’s our differences that set
us apart and it just that, which I appreciate the most of all. I
personally know I’m a better man from our bond.   
    As always it’s is my honor and duty to serve the will and
pleasure of the lodge and its master and will continue to do so
as long as you see fit.
    Fraternally, Troy D Gibson Sr
    Senior Warden

    Aloha brethren, this month has been a special month for the
Kona lodge. Together with the Hilo lodge, we raised our newest
brother to the sublime degree of Master Mason. What an honor
for Kona Lodge to be part of Brother Josh Stueber’s
    There is work to be completed for the advanced stations. I
can’t stress the importance of each future officer to do his due
diligence to know his work.
    I  thank all the brethren for their support and guidance.    
Let’s all make an effort to attend September’s stated meeting.  
    Fraternally yours, Joe Zapataoliva
    Junior Warden

    9/03  Francis Jung
    9/03  James Little
    9/05  Barrow Hutchison
    9/05  Eduardo Sariol
    9/14  Robert Self, PM
    9/17  Richard Marshall

    9/10/14  Ippy Aiona
    9/14/74  Harold Hall   
    9/14/14  Scott Whipple
    9/23/09  Cesar Felix
    9/28/68  Peter Wikeen
    9/28/13  Jaron Goodspeed

    09 05 -  6PM   Stated Dinner & Meeting  
    09 12 – 6PM   1st degree practice  
    09 19 – 6PM   1st degree practice  

          The Origin of the Mortarboard Hat,  
                  a Symbol of Graduation

We participate in many customs without knowing
their original purpose. Millions of students have  
the mortarboard hat at graduation is a case in
point. Research convinces me that the centuries-
old tradition of wearing these funny-looking hats
at graduation originated in the Middle Age
stonemason apprenticeship schools of Europe.
     This tradition may have occurred when the
stonemason apprentice graduated to the degree
level of “Master Mason.” A stonemason’s
mortarboard is a flat piece of wood measuring
about twenty four inches square. It is usually
placed on a stand on the scaffolding near the wall
being built. The mortarboard held the wet mortar
until the stone-setter applies it to the stone with
the  trowel. The setter then placed the mortared
stone into the wall. After the mortar dried around
the stone, a strong solid wall was formed.
    A skull cap was a brimless cloth cap typically
worn in the ancient stonemason’s day. Taken
together the mortarboard and skull cap look
exactly like a modern graduation cap. Today’s
graduation caps are even called “mortarboard

Taken from Brother Russell Herner of Bellevue, Ohio’s article in the
June 2018 Short Talk Bulletin
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