The King very graciously conducted a party through the spacious halls and handsome rooms thus affording them a view of some very rich and valuable pieces of furniture and paintings."
- Pacific Commercial Advertiser, June 19, 1884 2:3
What Is A Docent?
King Kalakaua delighted in showing guests his beautiful modern palace; our docents share his story with modern day visitors . If you like to talk story, have an interest in Hawaiian history and enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages and from all nations, please consider becoming a docent. Prior knowledge of Hawaiian history is not required.
Docent training is a three-part procedure.
- Forty hours of Guardian Service (providing aid to docents)
- Completion of the Royal History Course
- Completion of the Docent Training Course, including weekly reading assignments from the course reading list (see below)
After successful completion of all three parts, you will be a certified Iolani Palace Docent. Some docents have spread their training over several years.
- Hawaii's Story - Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii
- Kalakaua, Rennaisance King - Helena G. Allen
- Rise and Fall of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a Pictoral History - Richard A. Wisniewski
- Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands - Gavan Daws
- Around the World with a King - William N. Armstrong
- Hawaiian Dictionary - Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert
- Place Names of Hawaii - Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert, Esther Mookini
- The Hawaiian Kingdom Volume III - Ralph S. Kuykendall
- By Royal Command - Curtis Pi'ehu 'Iaukea
- Queen Kapiolani - Maile Yardley & Miriam Rogers
- The Betrayal of Liliuokalani, Last Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917 - Helena G. Allen