HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Pre-orders for masks to help Iolani Palace have quickly sold out, according to the website for a local fashion company.
The locally-owned company Iolani Inc. decided to sell cloth masks with some special prints to help ease the financial hardship of Iolani Palace.
Utilities and other costs have totaled more than $600,000 for the former royal residence turned museum.
The face masks went for $18 each, and all the proceeds will go to the palace.
Iolani Inc. had hoped to raise $20,000 — $10,000 from mask sales and $10,000 donated from the family. In just 24 hours, it raised $40,000 in proceeds.
The vintage prints are said to reflect Hawaii’s rich history.
“The design is a crazy story because we started designing this from a piece of art we had. So we started re-coloring it, redoing the art and this was last year and we had ordered this fabric to be our signature print for 2020,” said Alx Kawakami.
“We ordered it about 3 months ago, it finally came in literally last week Thursday and that’s when we decided to (go with) this idea.”
Iolani Inc. is a family-run business that’s been in Hawaii for nearly 70 years.
“We’re really excited and it’s exciting they’re beautiful masks. The fabric is called Iolani and we just really look forward to it and we’re really blessed that they’re wanting to help us,” Paula Akana, Executive Director of the Friends of Iolani Palace, said.