Docents

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. Today, our docents share the history of Iolani Palace, its sacred grounds, and the stories of the influential people who made an impact on Hawaii's history with modern-day visitors. If you have an interest and a desire to share information about Hawaiian history, as well as enjoy interacting with visitors of all ages and from all nations, please consider being a docent. Prior knowledge of Hawaiian history is not required.


Docent Training

Our upcoming class is being hosted June 10 - August 26, 2019. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 6.

To become a docent, you must:

  1. Fill out our volunteer application.
  2. Complete forty hours of Guardian Service (providing aid to docents).
  3. Complete the Docent Training Course, including weekly reading assignments.
  4. Pay a fee of $40 on the first day of the course.

For questions and to sign up for the course, please contact our Historian/Docent Educator at educator@iolanipalace.org.

Reading List

Some books are available for purchase at The Palace Shop.

Required

  • Hawaii's Story By Hawaii's Queen - Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii
  • Rise and Fall of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a Pictoral History - Richard A. Wisniewski
  • Additional readings as assigned

Recommended

  • Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures An Overview of the Political and Legal History of the Hawaiian Island - David Keanu Sai, Ph.D.
  • Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawaiʻi - Tom Coffman
  • No Mākou Ka Mana: Liberating the Nation - Kamanamaikalani Beamer
  • Lost Kingdom: Hawaiiʻs Last Queen, The Sugar King and America's First Imperial Adventure - Julia Flynn Siler
  • Hawaiian Dictionary - Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert
  • Place Names of Hawaii - Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert, Esther Mookini
  • By Royal Command - Curtis Pi'ehu 'Iaukea
  • Queen Kapiolani - Maile Yardley & Miriam Rogers