Iolani Palace

Catherine Cruz

Iolani Palace was all decked out for evening tours this past weekend to honor Queen Kapiolani’s Birthday-- which fell on New Year’s Eve.

We went along for a night tour of the palace and talked to authors of a new book about the palace history. We start off with chamber music in the Blue room and end with Hula in the throne room. We were talking to the authors of a new book documenting the palace history, Carol Maxym and MacKinnon Simpson.

 

 

Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace

The public will get a glimpse into the lives and fashions of Hawai‘i’s monarchs.

The Friends of Iolani Palace are unveiling the first dress in their Ali‘i Gown Reproduction project.  Big Island historic dress designer Iris Viacrusis was commissioned to reproduce the clothing based on photographs and artifacts.  There are currently three gowns being reproduced including the lei hulu and peacock gowns worn by Queen Kapi‘olani, and ostrich feather gown worn by Queen Lili‘uokalani.