S.B. NO.














relating to State parks.





SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Iolani Palace is a living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity, a registered national Historic Landmark and the only palace of official royal residence in the United States. While the Palace itself is of great importance, the significance of the land around the Palace stretches back to antiquity when it is said to have served as a heiau poo kanaka with the associated name of Kaahaimauli. Heiau poo kanaka were considered the greatest class of ancient temples that were built between the shoreline and the mountain ranges, hosting rituals to increase the population, enhance public health, preserve peace, and ensure success in battle.

The construction of the current Iolani Palace, with its cornerstone laid on December 31, 1879, with full Masonic rites, was completed in 1882 to better represent Hawaii's standing within the "Family of Nations" and allow the head of state to hold official functions and royal balls, receive dignitaries and luminaries from around the world, and conduct international diplomacy.

The Friends of Iolani Palace receive no financial subsidy from the State of Hawaii for operational support for the development of cultural exhibits and events which educate people about the Hawaiian monarchy and therefore, must rely solely on ticket sales, gift shop sales, donations and special events held on the palace grounds. According to the department of land and natural resources, the last major repair of the Coronation Pavilion was in 1983 and minor work since then has exposed the need for major repairs to the wooden and concrete elements of the structure.

The legislature acknowledges a critical need to renovate the Palace and palace grounds. The Friends of Iolani Palace have also identified a need to upgrade the security of the Palace and its nearby buildings through the replacement of various doors and locks.

The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds for the repair, restoration and maintenance of Iolani Palace and nearby structures located on palace grounds.

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for restoration, repair, and maintenance of Iolani Palace and nearby structures located on palace grounds as follows:

1. Iolani Palace

A. Design and construction for improvement to the roof.

Construction $1,000,000

Total funding $1,000,000

B. Design and construction for concrete repairs.

Construction $50,000

Total funding $50,000

C. Repair and replace HVAC parts.

Repair $34,000

Total funding $34,000

D. Repair and replace glass windows.

Repair $100,000

Total funding $100,000

E. Repair and replicate palace door locks.

Repair $50,000

Total funding $50,000

F. Electric rewire and restoration of wall sconces.

Repair $110,000

Total funding $110,000

G. Repair, sandblast, repaint and rust treatment for columns.

Construction $50,000

Total funding $50,000

H. Electrical and structural survey.

Survey $30,000

Total funding $30,000

2. Palace grounds

A. Design and construction for repair and improvements to the Coronation Pavilion.

Construction $125,000

Total funding $125,000

B. Design and construction for repair and improvements to two Pergolas.

Construction $50,000

Total funding $50,000

C. Pest control for bee infestation.

Service $          

Total funding $          

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of accounting and general services for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.
























Report Title:

Iolani Palace; Repair; Restoration; Maintenance; Appropriation



Appropriates funds for the repair, restoration, and maintenance of Iolani Palace and surrounding grounds.




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