About this Collection
In 1966, the Junior League of Honolulu, a women’s organization dedicated to volunteerism, began a nearly three-year long project to document Iolani Palace during the time it served as the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy in preparation for the Palace’s restoration. This undertaking involved thousands of hours of research by dozens of volunteers, primarily in the Hawaii State Archives. It focused on documenting both the exterior and interior of the building, detailing the Palace’s construction, furnishings, and uses during the monarchy. An enormous number of newspapers, photographs, and other documents, in both Hawaiian and English, were examined and analyzed. The research was then compiled and indexed. The results of the meticulous work of the Junior League is now available for scholars and others interested in the history of Iolani Palace to advance their knowledge of this extraordinary building.