Nā Moʻolelo Lecture Series

ʻIolani Palace invites you to join us for our Nā Moʻolelo Lecture Series. The lectures feature presentations by Hawaiian cultural experts, historians, and museum professionals that will prompt discussion of Hawaiʻi history and culture as well as museum practices.

The free Nā Moʻolelo Lecture series continues ʻIolani Palace mission to preserve and share Hawaiʻi’s unique cultural and historical qualities with the community.


Featured Lecture

"Following In Kapiʻolani's Footsteps"

Colette Higgins | April 12, 2020

While many people are familiar with the life and legacy of Queen Kapiʻolani, few know about her incredible voyage to London to attend Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee celebrations in 1887. In this lecture, Colette Higgins will describe the length and complexity of the trip while sharing insights from her own voyage to travel - quite literally - in the footsteps of the late Queen.

Colette Higgins, a self-described “typical local girl,” was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and lives in Kāneʻohe. She currently serves as dean of academic affairs, division I & academic support at Windward Community College, where she continues to conduct research and present on the life and legacy of Queen Kapiʻolani. Higgins received her Bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology and Master’s degrees in history and Pacific Islands history from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Before joining Windward Community College, she served as a professor of history at Kapiʻolani Community College, where she was employed for 24 years and taught world history, Hawaiian history, Pacific Islands history and a College Success course. A strong service-learning advocate, Higgins has encouraged her students to serve in the community to enhance their understanding of Hawaiian history. She believes that student and faculty excursions to the loʻi kalo (taro patch) and loko iʻa (fishpond) provide unforgettable learning-by-doing experiences that make Hawaiian culture come alive. Her dedication to her students won her the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2002, and the UH Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.