A Place For Royalty
The cornerstone for Iolani Palace was laid on December 31, 1879 with full Masonic rites and completed in 1882. The Palace was the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchs, where they held official functions, received dignitaries and luminaries from around the world, and entertained often and lavishly.
Iolani Palace was ahead of its time as it was outfitted with the most up-to-date amenities, including the first electric lights in Hawaii, indoor plumbing and a modern communications system – the telephone.
King Kalakaua painting by William Cogswell
Musical program from a breakfast party hosted by King Kalakaua. This party would have been serenaded by The Royal Hawaiian Band playing marches, waltzes, polkas written by contemporary and earlier composers.
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