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HONOLULU (February 26, 2020) – In an effort to share the knowledge and insights of Palace staff and volunteers with guests, Iolani Palace proudly presents Kaana Ike Spotlight Talks, a free learn-at-lunch public discussion series on the third Wednesday of the month.

“Iolani Palace is proud to work with incredibly knowledgeable staff and volunteers whose insights enhance the guest visit,” said Paula Akana, executive director of Iolani Palace. “Kaana Ike Spotlight Talks is a great opportunity to create a more immersive experience and share their invaluable knowledge with kamaaina and our guests from around the world.”

The spring Kaana Ike Spotlight Talks schedule is as follows:

“Tartans in the Palace; Caledonia’s Pacific Raising,” Hardy Spoehr, Volunteer

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

People across the world will celebrate Tartan Day on April 6. This year parks the 400th year of the signing of the Declaration of Arborath, a document created by Scottish nobles that influenced the writings of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s first constitution. This talk will focus on the many contributions Scots made to the islands and to the Hawaiian Kingdom.

“Queen Kapiolani: Royal Icon of Style,” Dawn Krause, Volunteer

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Our beloved Queen conducted herself with a quiet dignity befitting her royal rank, and she was always impeccably dressed. This talk will highlight Queen Kapiolani’s royal style, including her regal coronation gown and celebrated peacock gown.

“Who Are The Friends of Iolani Palace?” Zita Cup Choy, Historian

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

This presentation will illuminate how The Friends of Iolani Palace came into existence. In addition to a historical background of the non-profit organization, Cup Choy will share interesting stories about volunteers, guests and the restoration project that helped bring to life the experiences of those who have given their aloha to Iolani Palace.

The free Kaana Ike Spotlight Talks will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Rumi Aina, the video room in the Hale Koa building (Barracks) on the Palace grounds. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch with them. For more information, visit


About Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace is the only official residence of royalty in the United States. King Kalakaua was the first reigning monarch to travel around the world and built Iolani Palace in 1882 to enhance the prestige of Hawaii overseas and to mark Hawaii’s status as a modern nation. For more information, please call Iolani Palace at (808) 522-0822 or visit

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