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Ornate exterior of ʻIolani Palace comes to life with moving images from Queen Liliʻuokalani's garden

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Catherine Cruz
ʻIolani Palace awash in projection art by artist Jennifer Steinkamp on Feb. 16, 2022.

The Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 art festival includes a visual treat at ʻIolani Palace in a way the palace has never been seen before. Motorists passing by on King Street Wednesday and Thursday night got a treat leading up to the Triennial opening on Friday.

The Conversation spoke with Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp about her latest creation. Steinkamp projects images from Queen Liliʻuokalani’s beloved garden, ʻUluhaimālama, onto the Palace facade.

And a night walking tour of downtown Honolulu and Chinatown hosted by 88 Block Walks ended at the Palace on Wednesday night. That's where The Conversation caught up with Paula Akana, executive director of the Friends of ʻIolani Palace.

If you have not had an opportunity to see the palace, Friday night is your last chance. It's only visible from beyond the locked gates.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Feb. 18, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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