I learned that Kalakaua built Iolani Palace eleven years before the overthrow. He lived on his side of the upstair rooms. If anyone needed to see him they would take the left side of the stairwell. I believe that this information is important to know when the palace was built to know who was sleeping and working where in the palace.
I also learned that the guests that had dinner with the king had to order from the menu which consisted of soup, roast, entrees, curry, etc. The guests often went to the bathroom because they wanted to eat more of the food that was on the menu. It was important to know what the king and the guests did when having a meal, which was made in the kitchen by a chef that could make so much food it served all of the servants and royalty.
One thing that I learned today was that restrooms used to be on the outside of your house, maybe even on your lawn and those little houses where you did your business was called an outhouse. King Kalakaua was smart enough to put one in his house and by the dinning room so when you needed to use the bathroom, you would go in the house and not outside where you accidentally might not make it to the outhouse. The word for those bathrooms that they put inside the houses was the powder room, so if you wanted to use the bathroom, you might say, “excuse me, I’m going to the powder room.” This is very interesting to me because I have never heard of having the bathroom on the outside of the house.
Another thing that I learned today was that when you went to have dinner with King Kalâkaua, you would eat for about a couple hours. That is because you would have about 6 courses which are the soup, entree, fish, roast, curry and dessert. In some of those courses, you could have turtle soup, shrimp curry and Iolani pudding. This was interesting because I can’t imagine eating at the table with 6 other people, and eating just dinner for more than 2 hours.
I learned that a lot of things that happened in the history of Hawai‘i happened in the throne room of Iolani Palace such as the trial when Lili‘uokalani was charged of doing something she never did. Another that happened was when Kalâkaua died and they brought his body back to Hawai‘i where his body was put in the Red Room.
I also learned that if you were invited to the house of the ali‘i for dinner and you were asked what you wanted for a certain course, you can’t just say that you don’t want it. You have to order something and eat it. I find that interesting because it teaches you to be thankful for what you have and not just to be rude and picky and say “nah, I don’t want anything.”
I learned that there is a burial place that they used to use for ali‘i until Mauna ‘Ala opened, and that when they took the ali‘i to Mauna ‘Ala they did not bring King Liholiho’s mother because Kamehameha IV and Kamehameha V were jealous of Lunalilo. I think it is important because that is where so many ali‘i were buried and if anyone dug it up, they would have so much mana.
I also learned that Iolani Palace had lights and electric before the White House did, and that when most guests came, the first thing they did was look at the bathroom. I think that is important because it shows people how much technology we Hawai‘ians had, and that we were not living in grass shacks at the time. It also gives us a little thing to brag about because it is like, ha,ha we had lights and electricity before you.
I learned that before Mauna ‘Ala, there was the royal mausoleum on grounds near the ‘Iolani palace. It started being the burial place there when King Kamehameha the Second, Liholiho and his wife, Victoria Kamamalu died. It ended when Prince Albert, the 4 year-old-son of Kamehameha the Fourth and Queen Emma, died. That’s when they built Mauna ‘Ala because the old mausoleum was falling apart. I thought that was interesting because I didn’t think that anybody from the royal family was buried anyplace else besides Mauna ‘Ala.
Another thing I learned is that usually if you are a friend of that country, you would give them gifts like how the Emperor of Japan gave King Kalâkaua vases to symbolize that they were friends with Hawai‘i. I think this was important because it was good for Hawai‘i to have friends and not enemies because we were such a small country and just about anybody could conquer us.
One thing I learned today is that 90% of the artifacts in the Iolani Palace was not replaced or repaired. That is important to me because we have original artifacts that contain the mana of the overthrow, and how the Hawaiian people were so sad because the U.S. took over the Hawaiian lslands. Replicas of the original artifacts only show that these were the replicas of the original artifacts that were destroyed years ago.
Another thing I learned is that there is more than one dining table. One is the formal one at the table to order food and then eat, and the other one is when you sit on the floor when you grab whatever you can eat. This matters to me because even in a formal palace, they still eat the traditional Hawaiian way.
One thing I learned is that a lot of the pieces at Iolani Palace were gifts from the kings and queens from other countries. I find this interesting because I did not know that so many countries respected Hawai‘i so much that they sent gifts to our kings and queens.
Another thing that I learned is that there was another place built for the burial of the kings and queens before Mauna ‘Ala. I found this interesting because I thought Mauna ‘Ala was the only burial place for the monarchs.
I learned that the dumb waiter helped the workers in Iolani Palace serve faster, and made it way easier for them to serve because instead of going up and down the stairs to give the people their food, they can just place the food on the shelves inside of the dumb waiter and pull on the rope to make the dumb waiter go up. I think this is important information because we can see how far we came in that short amount of time. From the dumb waiter to electricity to TV’s and more. This was kind of interesting to me because I like to cook and I could really imagine what the chef had to go through to feed all of the people who came to the palace.
I also learned about how the new government auctioned of the furniture to make more space in the palace. But at least they didn’t burn everything to get rid of it. It surprised me that they auctioned it off because the furniture is really nice, and you probably wouldn’t get anything like that again. It’s really amazing that some of the furniture is slowly coming back to the palace from around the world. I think this is really interesting because furniture like the box piano is very special because they do not make them anymore. It was probably very special to them. Well, practically everything is special.
I learned that the door frames in Iolani Palace were all made by hand and that they had people carving the patterns into the wood. I find this interesting because it is hard to believe that someone actually took a knife, a saw, or something like that and actually carved each detail into that block of wood and created something that amazing. They were all exactly the same and it would be hard to do something by hand a lot of times.
I also learned that the middle of the two door frames where the clear part is is not glass, but crystal. I found this interesting because the windows are mostly made in England so they must have been imported from England. They must have been really expensive too, unless they were gifts to Kalâkaua from England.
One thing I learned is that one night there were some people that took apart the structure that was made out of stone. I thought the Hawaiian people were very forgiving. They built up the stone structure again, and now they are trying to make it bigger.
I also learned that other nations used to give King Kalâkaua symbols of friendship with the other nations. I didn’t know that King Kalâkaua had so many friends from other nations.
One of the things I learned at Iolani Palace was that the Americans selling the things in Iolani Palace was wrong. I think that by America doing this, it was hard to get everything back from the people to whom these things were sold to. But not all the things that have been bought were given back to the palace like the carpet. Since the Americans sold the carpet by squares, the people that got all the things back for Iolani Palace could only find one of the corner piece and one of the middle pieces of the carpet. But the people who were getting all the things back found the person who made the carpet, and asked him to make the rest of the carpet for them.
One other thing that was interesting to me is that the people who take care of Iolani Palace did not redo the thrones of the King and Queen, but instead they kept it like that because they think some of the mana of the king and queen is still in there.
Today I learned that the Iolani palace was usually filled with people. I always thought that the Palace was usually quiet for King Kalâkaua to work.
I also learned that Queen Lili‘uokalani was very forgiving to the people who imprisoned her in her own home. I thought that she was very against the Americans, almost to the point where she actually tried to isolate herself from any Americans. I cant even imagine what it must be like to be imprisoned in your own house. I can’t even take one day without going outside. Therefore, she must be very forgiving to be able to forgive the ones who took her own country from her.
And it’s probably really hard to watch your own country’s culture fade away. But what’s good is that she did her part for the Hawaiians, and she made a huge difference.
One thing I learned was their is a Ahu at Iolani palace. A Ahu is a place were you give Ho’okupu, which is a offering that you are giving to a Aumakua or a god. They had their Ahu there before the statue of Lili‘u was made. After they made the statue, it was like the new place to put your leis and stuff, but people still bring Ho’okupu to the Ahu and leis to Lili‘u’s statue.
Another thing I learned was that our Ali’i were very intelligent. For example, they made the invention where you put food in a box thing and send the order up two stories by man power. Then you could just serve it there. The reason they did this was if you were walking up two floors, you might drop it and there goes the meal. It would be safer to just make an invention like that.
A few things I learned are…
That before Iolani Palace had electric lights, the lights ran on gasoline and that only some people had a bathroom in their home.
Another thing I learned was that you couldn’t touch an ali‘i’s clothes because it is said that the mana of that person is in their clothes, so if an enemy gets the clothes, it is like they got there mana.
One thing that I learned at Iolani Palace is that when the Americans overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii, they just auctioned the Iolani Palace items that belonged to Queen Lili‘uokalani. The Americans sold it like trash and the items were spread all around the world. This is interesting to me because this shows that the Americans didn’t care for the palace.
The other thing that I learned at Iolani Palace is that Queen Lili‘uokalani surrendered peacefully. This interested me because he chief of police wanted to fight because he thought that Hawai‘i could win.
This time period made a difference in Hawai‘i’s history ! ! !
The first thing I learned is that the people who overthrew the Queen also took the palace and used it as a business place, and that the people who took the palace also auctioned things off, like the furniture and some of the carpet. This is important because we know what happened to the palace and this is the reason why we don’t see a lot of the things that the King and Queen owned. Another thing I learned was that there was a hale were the ali‘i’s corpses were laid, and that the hale got so crowded that they built another one called Mauna ‘Ala. This is important because it is our history and we need to know our history. Another reason is we would be able to pay our respects and people would respect the area.
One thing I learned is that if we were going for breakfast we would have roast duck, cow brains, pigeon stew, fruit salad, and other dishes. We would also top it off with ice cream . It is cool 8) because we can see how the food changes overtime. Now, we call eggs, bacon, and rice a big breakfast. You might be thinking…cowbrains! Eeeeeewwwwwwww!… But, it was very normal to eat these things at a dinner.
Another thing I learned is about the front doors glass. When Kalakaua ordered the glass from San Fransisco, the artist didn’t know what kalo was. So, there is lily flowers in the kalo plant around the state seal on the front doors.
One thing that I learned at Iolani Palace was that after Hawaii became annexed, they got rid of most of the furniture at Iolani Palace by auctioning them off. I think this is important because it was not right for them to do that, just auctioning off things like a garage sale. I think it was not right because I believe that those things had mana or spiritual power, also to many people, sentimental value.
Another thing that I learned in the Iolani Palace was that when you are a normal person and you needed to use the lua, you would need to go outside to do it. In the Iolani Palace there was an inside bathroom and when you have an inside bathroom you need water. So King Kalakaua and Liliuokalani must have been pretty special to have such a privilege.
Even though they had privileges like that, what happened to them and the hawaiian people was still not right.
One thing that I learned today is that it was very common for kings or queens from other places to give gifts to other kings and queens like portraits, vases, dishes and mini statues. I found this interesting because there was a lot of things from other countries I didn’t know that we had so many friends.
Another thing that thought was interesting was that tiger claw necklaces were very popular. I thought this was interesting because I have never see anybody wearing or selling that kind of necklace ever.
One thing I learned is the carpet in the throne room was made from the hawaiians that bought little squares from the auction. So when the restoration of the ‘Iolani palace took place, the King called for all the hawaiian people that bought a square of the carpet to come and sow the squares back together and the carpet is still there.
Also I learned that Lunalilo loved Nahi’ena’ena. And Kauikeauli and ‘Iolani didn’t like that so they tormented him and tried to keep them separated because if Lunalilo and Nahi’ena’ena married there children rank above Kauikeauli’s children and ‘Iolani’s children.
Today, I learned that Iolani palace was built in 1882 by king Kalakaua. The original palace was in poor condition so king Kalakaua ordered it to be razed and built a new one.
I also learned about how there used to be a mausoleum on the palace grounds. During the late 1800′s many ali’i were dying due to diseases from foreigners and immigrants. The tiny mausoleum was getting very crowded so all of the kings and queens were moved up to Mauna’ala while Lunalilo’s mother stayed behind.
These events are very important to me because they show me how so many things could happen in so little time. In 1893 the Hawaiian government was overthrown. Just 11 years after Iolani palace was built.
One of the things I thought was interesting that I learned on the field trip was that King Kalakaua was a mordern king at that time he had electric lighting, but before that the lights use to run on gas but he changed it to electric way.
I also learned that the kapu stick that was in the ball room was mad out of a whales horn and placed on top of the stick was a wooden ball. I thought this was interesting because it was unsual for me to hear that the kapu stick had a whales horn, usally I think that the kapu stick would be made out of koa but apperently it was different.
One thing I learned was that you could eat with the King. This is important to me because you can tell the king about some of your problems or advice on how to make the land better.
Another thing I learned was that they had to start using Maunaloa for a burial place because the other one was full. This is important to me because our Ali’i are very important to us and if the burial place colapsed there would be bad Mana.