Iolani Palace Offers Royal History Course

Leilani Kupahu-Marino
Leilani Kupahu-Marino

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It's a matter of royal history.

A new course on the "life and times" of Iolani Palace is being offered over the next month, for those who love history, and for those who may someday want to volunteer as a palace docent.

To say Iolani Palace is rich in history is clearly an understatement.

So, instead of cramming the palace's 128-year history into a 45-minute-tour, the organization "Friends of Iolani Palace" is offering comprehensive course that will allow people to get a better feel for its history.

''With this course," explained Iolani Palace docent, Leilani Kupahu-Marino, "The Royal History, it shows our relationships with the international community and really, where Hawaii as a kingdom was at that point. They learn more about the ali'i, more about the Hawaiian facts and that becomes a prerequisite for our docent education training."

And to be a docent, Kupahu-Marino says, all one needs is a passion, for Hawaiian history, and for people.

Docents are responsible for linking these remarkable artifacts, with their storied past.

''Amazing because when you think about the Hawaiian artifacts, the handwork that went into it," Kupahu-Marino said. "Then also, the collections from European dignitaries, gifts that King Kalakaua had acquired along the way."

Kupahu-Marino, reminds us that all of this, the royal history course, the tours, the artifacts, are all here to ensure Hawaii's royal legacy is never forgotten.

''That they remember who are people were, at that time, and what they did for us, and the trials that they went through, as well as the good times that they left to able to share with us today."

And for generations to come.

If you're interested in "enrolling" in the Iolani Palace history course, it's being held on Mondays, from 9:00 in the morning, until 3:00 in the afternoon.

The classes run through March 3rd.