Nā Koa o Ka Mōʻī: The Royal Guard


Now open in the Bartels Gallery in the Palace Basement, “Nā Koa o Ka Mōʻī: The Royal Guard" exhibit offers a captivating journey through the storied history of the Royal Guard, tracing their inception by King Kamehameha I to their revival in the 1960s.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the revived Royal Guard, Nā Koa o Ka Mōʻī invites visitors to explore the fascinating narrative of Hawaiʻi’s Royal Guard, chronicling their role from the Hawaiian Kingdom’s early foundations to the tumultuous times surrounding the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. Highlighting this journey are historical artifacts, several of which are on loan from descendants of Royal Guard members, including commemorative keepsakes, ceremonial swords, a password log, a Springfield rifle, and rare documents personally signed by King Kalākaua.

Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of the Royal Guard, gaining insights into their ceremonial and daily duties, their close ties to the Hawaiian monarchy, and their enduring significance in the cultural tapestry of Hawaiʻi. The exhibit promises an enlightening and captivating experience for history enthusiasts, kamaʻāina, and visitors alike.

The “Nā Koa o Ka Mōʻī: The Royal Guard” exhibit will run through May 2024 and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.