'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 
Note: 'Iolani Palace is slowly reopening after the shutdown prompted by the Covid-19 outbreak. Please check the Palace website -- -- for more information. 


'Iolani Palace will host the historical exhibit by Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa,

"A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading" in the summer of  2020. 

This exhibit is a perfect fit for the Palace because the photos and text focus on the strong relationship between the Royal Family of Hawai`i and the people of Kalaupapa, one of the many often ignored chapters of the history of Kalaupapa. The exhibit consists of 12 double-sided panels that feature historical and modern photographs, excerpts from letters written by the people of Kalaupapa as well as the ali`i, mele and signatures of Kalaupapa residents who opposed annexation to the United States. 

Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa looks forward to continuing our partnership with 'Iolani Palace and providing this exhibit as another way to educate the public about the rich history of Hawai`i nei.