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Hawaii’s Backyard: Royal artifacts at Iolani Palace help illustrate a rich Hawaiian history

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE
                                Then-Princess Lili‘uokalani purchased a glittering diamond-studded butterfly brooch when she was in London to attend Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in June 1887. It became one of her signature jewelry pieces as she is seen wearing it in formal portraits as both princess and queen.

    COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    Then-Princess Lili‘uokalani purchased a glittering diamond-studded butterfly brooch when she was in London to attend Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in June 1887. It became one of her signature jewelry pieces as she is seen wearing it in formal portraits as both princess and queen.

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE
                                Queen Lili‘uokalani and her companion, Mrs. Eveline Wilson, began working on this quilt in 1895 while the queen was imprisoned at Iolani Palace.

    COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    Queen Lili‘uokalani and her companion, Mrs. Eveline Wilson, began working on this quilt in 1895 while the queen was imprisoned at Iolani Palace.

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE
                                The silk pillowcases on the bed in the Queen’s Bedroom belonged to Kapi‘olani. They display an elaborate design with flowers, palapalai fern and her motto: Kulia I Kanuu, which means “Strive for the Summit.”

    COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    The silk pillowcases on the bed in the Queen’s Bedroom belonged to Kapi‘olani. They display an elaborate design with flowers, palapalai fern and her motto: Kulia I Kanuu, which means “Strive for the Summit.”

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE
                                Queen Kapi‘olani commissioned a Chinese craftsman to create this poi supper table as a Jubilee gift for her husband, King Kalakaua.

    COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    Queen Kapi‘olani commissioned a Chinese craftsman to create this poi supper table as a Jubilee gift for her husband, King Kalakaua.

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE
                                For Kalakaua’s Silver Jubilee birthday celebration Walter Murray Gibson, prime minister of Hawaii, gifted the king with these two elephant tusks and the table they are displayed on.

    COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    For Kalakaua’s Silver Jubilee birthday celebration Walter Murray Gibson, prime minister of Hawaii, gifted the king with these two elephant tusks and the table they are displayed on.

  • COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE
                                Admission to Iolani Palace is waived for Hawaii residents one Sunday each month.

    COURTESY FRIENDS OF IOLANI PALACE

    Admission to Iolani Palace is waived for Hawaii residents one Sunday each month.

Here are the stories behind some of the artifacts and furnishings currently on view. Read more

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