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Oahu under $20: Iolani Palace

Fred Cachola Fred Cachola
The imprisonment quilt The imprisonment quilt

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you've never been to Iolani Palace or haven't been since you were a little kid , shame on you! At least that's what the highly trained docents told Grace and Steve when they stopped by. Hey, on certain days you can take the whole family for free!

Before you can even set foot in the palace you have to cover your shoes to protect the floors.

"This is the grand hall. If you were coming into the palace from the front door, the first thing you would be impressed with is this magnificent grand hall and the grand staircase leading up to the private part of the palace. What is interesting about this is that, believe it or not, the treads here are original" said docent Fred Cachola.

"It wasn't all fun and games in the palace. The king did very serious work. I mean, he was king, he had to do a lot of serious work. To help him make sure he spelled his words correctly, look at what we've got here, edition number one, numero uno of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.

A lot of people feel a profound sense of sadness in the imprisonment room.

"When the queen was arrested in 1893, they thought she was implicated in the overthrow, the attempted counter-revolution. They arrested the queen and imprisoned her here, in her own palace. When you come into this room, I still have that feeling of sadness" said Cachola.

"We are looking at what is known as the imprisonment quilt. On special days, among other things, she would ask for needle and thread and Queen Liliuokalani actually sewed four pieces in there. Others saw what she did and they said ‘oh your majesty, may we add to yours?' Through the years, all these little pieces combined represent hundreds, maybe thousands of Hawaiians and others who wanted to be part of the queen's quilt."

What would Cachola say to people who haven't visited the palace in a long time?

"Don't feel bad. There are so many people who haven't come here. It's a perfect place for Kamaaina Sunday."

Kamaaina Sunday is free for the entire family. It happens once a month, usually on the first Sunday. If you go at another time it will cost you $6 for adults and $3 for kids 5-12.

All this week Sunrise will be taking you to places that you can take your family of four for under $20.

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