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American Red Cross celebrates a century of service in Hawaii

Posted September 8

— 100 years of saving lives and helping victims, The American Red Cross is celebrating a century of service in Hawaii.

Sounds of the Royal Hawaiian Band played as dozens gathered on the grounds of Iolani Palace Thursday morning.

To commemorate the milestone, a Red Cross flag was raised above the palace.

It's a replica of the flag Queen Liliuokalani sewed for the Red Cross to show her support during World War I.

The historic flag is on exhibit inside the palace's Throne Room for the next month.

"It soared above Iolani Palace during World War I while Red Cross volunteers rolled bandages in the Throne Room... The queen and all of the people before us laid the foundation for us to be here today and now the people here will lay the foundation for future generations because we need a strong Red Cross in Hawaii. We're in the Pacific and we need to help each other," Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter said.

That mission continues - 33 Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are on the Mainland assisting with relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma, which is heading towards Florida.

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