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'Iolani Palace Interiors - Throne Room by Hawaii Pacific News

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Apr 25, 2011
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Apr 24, 2011

‘Iolani Palace

364 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Completed in 1882, ‘Iolani Palace functioned as the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. It was first known as Hale Ali’i meaning house of chief. However, Kamehameha V renamed it in honor of his brother. Io’ translated means Hawaiian hawk and Lani signifies something heavenly or royal.

The location not only served as the residence for royalty but also the location to entertain dignitaries thanks to King David Kalakuau. It was his vision that brought the palace to fruition.

It also should be noted that King Kalakuau was the first to visit the United States and address congress. He negotiated duty free transport of sugar from the islands.

After Kalakuau’s untimely death 1891, his sister Queen Lili‘uokalani became the successor to the throne. She focused her efforts on returning political power to the monarchy and limiting the suffering of subjects by circulating a new constitution. However, it served to only infuriate and ignite strong opposition from the business community (made up of foreign nationals, Hawaiians whose parents were Americans, and plantation owners).

In 1893, Queen Lili‘uokalani relinquished power to avoid bloodshed of her people. Though there was an attempt to restore power in 1895, it was to no avail. The newly founded government convicted the Queen of “having knowledge of the plot”. They fined her $5000 and ultimately sentenced her to house arrest at the palace for 8 months.

The Palace served as capitol of the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory and State of Hawai`i until 1969. At that time the Palace was vacated and restoration begun.

Though the friends of Iolani palace have worked diligently over the to restore the palace to its original splendor, it should be noted that castle had some of the most advanced technology of its time. For instance, the palace had indoor plumbing, electricity that replaced gas chandeliers, and even the newly invented telephone system.

The restoration of the palace covers the first and second floors. The first floor includes the Grand hall, State dining hall, reception hall, and the Throne room. The second floor showcases the bedroom for Kalakuau, a music room, and the Kapiolani suite complete with several guest rooms. ]

The Throne room as pictured here is near the grand Hall. It is the location where King Kalakuau entertained guests. Incidentally, it is also the location for the trial of Queen Lili‘uokalani.

Facts courtesy of iolanipalace.org

Architects: Thomas J. Baker, C.S. Wall, and Isaac Moore
Style: Italianate
National Register: 1966 #66000293 (1962 NHL)

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