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'Iolani Palace

The late legendary musician Dennis Kamakahi (right) and fellow slack-key artist Stephen Inglis attend an opening of  the  exhibit, 

"A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading" by Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa when it was previously displayed at 'Iolani Palace. Dennis and

Stephen are at the panel of Kapoli Kamakau who composed music with then-Princess Liliuokalani -- and was eventually sent to Kalaupapa in 1888.

Photo: Wayne Levin

‘Iolani Palace is the perfect place to host “A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading,” the award-winning historical exhibit developed by Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa that focuses on the often overlooked relationship of the ali‘i and the people of Kalaupapa.


This exhibit consists of 12 double-sided panels that feature historical and modern-day photographs, excerpts from letters written by the people of Kalaupapa, mele and signatures of of some of the 700+ Kalaupapa residents who signed the Ku‘e petition against annexation. Among the photographs are images of King David Kalakaua, Queen Kapi‘olani and Queen  Lili‘uokalani.


Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa thanks the Palace staff for recognizing the importance of this exhibit and of the connection between the ali‘i and the people of Kalaupapa.


The exhibit can be viewed during Palace hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Last ticket is sold at 4 p.m.; galleries remain open until 5 p.m. Check for current visitation information and admission fees.

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