The Davenport Order & Other Furniture

During the construction of the new Palace, 225 pieces of furniture were ordered from A.H. Davenport Co. of Boston. The four bedrooms on the second floor were each decorated with similar pieces of furniture varying in type of woods and upholstery fabrics.

The King’s Bedroom was decorated in light blue and furnished with ebony and gilt furniture, while the Queen’s Bedroom was red with furniture made with mahogany and gilt. The central bedroom was furnished with walnut and lemon yellow drapery and upholstery fabric and the front bedroom was draped with olive green fabrics and cherry wood.

There are still a number of original items missing from these bedrooms and the following items are on the "most wanted" list:

  • Kalākaua's bedroom suite, which was gilded and made of ebonized wood
  • Bedroom side chairs (9 missing)
  • Bedroom square and round chairs (2 missing)
  • Dressers (2 missing)
  • Wardrobes (3 missing)

If you think you may have original Palace furniture or articles from the Palace collections, or have information about their whereabouts, please contact the Curator.

Historic photos are from the Hawaiʻi State Archives.

Collection Items

Cylinder fall desk in Queen Kapiʻolani's bedroom

Ebony and gilt side chair from King Kalākaua's bedroom

Side chair from one of the Palace bedrooms

Oak side chair from the Grand Hall

Square upholstered armchair from one of the Palace bedrooms

Curio cabinet surmounted by crown

Round upholstered chair from one of the Palace bedrooms

Window seat from one of the corner tower rooms

Detail of leg of window seat

King Kalākaua's monogram with crown on furniture

Mahogany and gilt bedstead with half tester

Dresser from one of the Palace bedrooms

King's Bedroom

Gilt mirror originally located in Music Room

Revolving book or music stand

Gothic Revival Hutch, seen in the Upper Hall - last known location the Haleʻiwa Hotel, demolished in 1952