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Iolani Palace needs kamaaina visitors to help keep its doors open and preserve historic Hawaiian treasures

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    Iolani Palace will reopen its doors to the public on June 19 with modified hours.

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                                Paula Akana, executive director of Friends of Iolani Palace, is pictured in the throne room, with Queen Kapiolani’s coronation robe and gown. “It’s time for the kamaaina to discover all these cultural treasures of Hawaii,” she said.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Paula Akana, executive director of Friends of Iolani Palace, is pictured in the throne room, with Queen Kapiolani’s coronation robe and gown. “It’s time for the kamaaina to discover all these cultural treasures of Hawaii,” she said.

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                                Visitors to Iolani Palace will be encouraged to use this grand staircase instead of crowding into the small elevator.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Visitors to Iolani Palace will be encouraged to use this grand staircase instead of crowding into the small elevator.

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                                Noelani Ah Yuen, director of facilities, wore a face shield on Wednesday.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Noelani Ah Yuen, director of facilities, wore a face shield on Wednesday.

Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, daily visitors of 450 to 500 and daily revenue averaging $7,000 from ticket and gift shop sales — 90% of its income — went to zero. At a time when so many are in dire financial straits, Friends of Iolani Palace Executive Director Paula Akana said, “It’s hard to ask for money.” Read more

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