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Friends of Iolani Palace (Honolulu, HI 96804-2259)
Heather Diamond (Project Director: August 2012 to present)

Points of Contact: Cultures in Collusion

Planning of a series of permanent exhibits at Iolani Palace exploring the complex story of Hawaii and its contact with Europe, Asia, and the United States in the late 19th century.

This project will develop four new permanent galleries in `Iolani Palace in Honolulu, HI, connected by the theme of dynamic cultural intersections. The first gallery, Palace Cuisine, will interpret the ways in which food and drink were a locus of socio-economic and cross-cultural contact in Hawai`i during the 1880s and 1890. The second gallery, Palace Music, will focus on the interplay of indigenous tradition with European influences in the music of royal composers and the Royal Hawaiian Band. The third gallery, Hawai`i in the World, will examine the role Hawai`i played as a trans-Pacific crossroads by highlighting the network of foreign relations established by the Hawaiian monarchs and the roles of foreigners in the Kingdom of Hawai`i. The fourth gallery, Hawai`i in America, will focus on the post- monarchy period in Hawai`i and explore how the palace continues to serve as an icon of national identity.

Project fields:
History, General

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 5/31/2014