National grant to help pay for vital roof repairs at Iolani Palace

A national grant will be helping one of Hawaii’s most treasured landmarks complete some crucial repairs. Iolani Palace says they’re getting nearly $500,000 from the National Park Service and its partner agencies’ Save America’s Treasures grant. The money will go to completing repairs to the place’s roof.

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Aging Well: Iolani Palace volunteers say connection to history makes job special

“I realize I’m walking in the very steps of the king and queen,” says palace guardian Doug Levisnon.

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Why We Should Apply the Hawaiian Mindset of ‘Mālama’ to All Our Travels

“It’s critically important that we mālama, or take care of, the stories,” says Zita Cup Choy. An effervescent chronologist of Hawaiian history and culture, she is the historian at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, a mashup of Italian Renaissance style and traditional Hawaiian forms that King Kalākua had built in 1882

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Iolani Palace ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’

“People were saying, ‘The Palace would never close, they would never let that happen,’ but realistically we could have,” said Paula Akana, executive director of The Friends of Iolani Palace.

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Hawaiian Royal Hats Part V: Hawaiian Royals Today

Who is considered the heir to the Hawaiian throne nowadays is contested. Some consider Quentin Kūhiō Kawānanakoa, grandson of Abigail Kapi‘olani Kawānanakoa, to be the heir as his is directly descended from Prince David Kawānanakoa through primogeniture.

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Hawaiian Royal Hats Part IV: After the Monarchy and Into the 20th Century

After the death of Queen Lili‘uokalani in 1917 at age 79, plans to try to restore the monarchy waned and legal disputes for restoration and/or compensation offered no results. Prince Kūhiō, who has a Hawaiian state holiday named after him now, eventually became the Hawaiian Delegate to the U.S. House

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Iolani Palace to open Tuesdays for self-led tours

Iolani Palace will add an additional day of operations for tours beginning June 1, officials announced today. Guests will be offered self-led audio tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, adding to other tour options currently available Wednesdays through Fridays.

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Friends of Iolani Palace to mark 55 years with weeklong virtual hoolaulea

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Friends of Iolani Palace is celebrating its 55th anniversary with a week-long virtual hoolaulea from June 6 to 12. The festivities include an online auction, virtual film screening and discussion surrounding the Palace restoration, and a virtual concert. The online auction on June 6 features artwork

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Friends of Iolani Palace to mark 55 years with weeklong virtual hoolaulea

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Friends of Iolani Palace is celebrating its 55th anniversary with a week-long virtual hoolaulea from June 6 to 12. The festivities include an online auction, virtual film screening and discussion surrounding the Palace restoration, and a virtual concert. The online auction on June 6 features artwork

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Hawaiian Royal Hats Part III: Bayonet Constitution and Illegal Overthrow

While Queen Kapi‘olani and sister Princess Lili‘uokalani were in Europe attending Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, King Kalākaua faced more dire circumstances. The Hawaiian League (a secret society that formed in early 1887 with the purpose of annexing Hawaii to the United States) and American businessmen controlled a vast

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