HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Changes are coming to the grounds of Iolani Palace.
Starting Feb. 1, the grounds of the palace will close at 6 p.m. The change in hours is to better protect the historic and culturally priceless monument.
“Over the past several years, there have been increasing issues with vandalism including damage to a palace window and graffiti on historic structures. This is a result of night time vagrancy and items such as hypodermic needles being left on the grass. These are intolerable actions and this earlier closure is expected to eliminate the potential for vandalism and vagrancy,” Division of State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said.
The palace is currently open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The opening time will remain the same.
“The discarded drug paraphernalia is offensive litter in a National Historic Landmark. The Palace is invaluable to our host Hawaiian culture. School groups and downtown office workers have informal picnics and lunches on the grounds and these materials pose a safety hazard to them,” Cottell added.
Friends of Iolani Palace, who retains stewardship of the site, worked alongside the DLNR’s Division of State Parks to approve the change in hours.
The DLNR added a reminder that pets and animals on leashes are not allowed on palace grounds without a permit. This excludes specially trained service animals.