Location: Honolulu (Hawaii)
Chartered By: never chartered; dispensation granted by Simon W. Robinson
Charter Date: none
Precedence Date: 09/13/1848
More information as it becomes available. This lodge eventually became part of the Hawaii Freemasons operating under the Grand Lodge of California.
From a Facebook post by R.W. Bro. Frank Candello, Deputy Grand Master of Hawaii, 2012:
"[M.W. Dennis Ing, Grand Lecturer] was aware of the Mass. dispensation. There was a lot of political intrigue at the time. Dennis believes that what happened, was that Le Progres was chartered in 1841 but went dark for 4 years, from 1850 to about 1854. Grand Lodge of California was formed in 1850. Several of the Le Progres members wanted to be under an American Grand Lodge and not France. They apparently received a dispensation from Mass. in 1848 to form a new lodge. But when California formed their grand lodge in 1850 they decided it would be better to join a grand lodge closer to Hawaii. There was a lot of travel back and forth from Hawaii, especially when gold was found in 1849. Le Progres started back up under France in 1854 but Hawaiian Lodge had already started up as a new lodge (in 1853)."
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. IX, No. 4, February 1850, p. 102:
Our Correspondent at Honolulu, has communicated to us some items of interest, in relation to the condition of the Masonic Fraternity in that interesting portion of the world.
The first Lodge of Masons in the Islands, was established at Honolulu, in January, 1846, by a Deputy from the Grand Orient of France. This Deputy was Br. William Tellier, master of a French whale ship. It appears that he first visited the Islands in 1843; and professing to be empowered by the Grand Orient to make Masons, grant Charters and constitute Lodges, he immediately proceeded, without the aid of a Lodge or or other assistance, to initiate several persons to the first three degrees of Masonry.
To such of our readers as are not familiar with the character of the French Masonic authorities, and the powers assumed and exercised by them, this proceeding will seem to be in gross derogation of all Masonic law and government. And such it is. But it is sanctioned by the assumed powers of the Scotch and other modern rites. The Grand Orient has long been in the practice of sending out special Deputies, or authorizing persons to act as such, in all quarters of the world, where it was possible for it to obtain access. These Deputies it has and does empower to make Masons at sight, or at their pleasure; and when a sufficient number have been so made, they are further authorized to grant Charters, and establish Lodges. Nor are these operations always confined to the Lodge degrees. The Deputies are usually clothed with similar powers in respect to the higher branches, even up to the 32d degree. They are traders in Masonry; and they rarely decline to sell, whenever they can find a purchaser. Were any York Grand Lodge in existence, to be guilty of such unauthorized acts it would be denounced from one end of the world to the other.
Br. Tellier having in 1843, sold as much Masonry as he could find purchasers for, left the Island of Oahu, and went to catching whales. In 1846, he returned, and by the aid of the Brethren he had previously made, organized a Lodge, as above stated. He however assumed such a tyrannical and overbearing attitude towards his Brethren, that he soon involved the Lodge and himself in difficulty. Measures are now in progress for the establishment of a new Lodge, in a more regular and constitutional manner. Many of the Brethren made by him are highly respectable men and true hearted Masons, and they will avail of the earliest opportunity to place themselves on a different and more regular standing. In July last, there were between forty and fifty Masons at Honolulu. Among them were six who had received the degrees in the United States three in London; one in Scotland; one in the Isle of Burbon, and the balance at Honolulu.