After being the first reigning monarch to visit the U.S. in 1874-1875, King Kalākaua embarked on an ambitious world tour in 1881 and was the first monarch to circumnavigate the earth.
‘Iolani Palace’s New Tour Provides a Behind-the-Ropes Look at Rooms and Collection You Won’t See on Display
As I stand at the edge of the dining table in ‘Iolani Palace, I should be marveling at the 150-year-old Parisian porcelain dinnerware inlaid with the royal coat of arms; soaking in palace historian Zita Cup Choy’s stories. Instead, the fact that I have passed through the stanchions that kept
Iolani Palace’s financial struggle due to the pandemic appeared to find a lifeline in the $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program run by the Small Business Administration, but the fine print makes the National Historic Landmark ineligible to receiving funding.
Kamehameha Schools and Kaunamano Farm donated a total of $10,000 to ‘Iolani Palace as part of a fundraiser in support of the ongoing operations of the historic landmark that has been severely impacted by the downturn of tourism as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
What started as an effort to support an iconic Hawaiian landmark during the pandemic has raised thousands of dollars and is now expanding.
Iolani Palace recently received a large monetary gift from Princess Abigail Kawananakoa to support the nation’s only royal residence as it reopens.
The donation will help pay for the palace’s monthly electricity bill, which is the palace’s largest expense and averages nearly $15,000.
Iolani Palace reopened its doors on Friday. It is now open on Fridays and Saturdays with special discounted ticket prices.
Iolani Palace reopened to visitors Friday, but with limited hours, strict social distancing rules ― and a warning about its uncertain future.