Iolani Palace Falls Victim To Earthquake

Kippen De Alba Chu
Kippen De Alba Chu

HONOLULU (KHNL) The symbol of the Hawaiian Kingdom is the latest victim of Sunday's 6.7 Earthquake.  Staff at Iolani Palace found existing cracks inside the building.

An architect is checking to make sure there is no structural damage to the Palace. Inside the palace, cracks that were already there prior to the earthquake are now a few inches longer.  Workers say they found plaster on the ground when they came into work on Monday.
Iolani Palace was built in 1882 and served as the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Once everyone heard about the earthquake, people from all over the world contacted the staff at the Palace, to make sure it was okay.

Kippen De Alba Chu of Friends of Iolani Palace said people as far away as Canda called, asking about the Palace after the quake.  "A lot of people heard about the earthquake, while we were still in the dark here. So we were getting calls as early as Monday, worried about what happened to the Palace," he said.

The old  Kanaina Building also suffered some damage from Sunday's eathquake.  Kanaina Building was built in 1906 and is the first building in the country created for the sole purpose of storing public archive materials.

Even though Iolani Palace suffered damage, it continues to remain open to the public for tours.