National grant to help pay for vital repairs to the roof of the Iolani Palace


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A national grant will help one of Hawaii’s most treasured landmarks with crucial repairs.

Iolani Palace says they receive nearly $ 500,000 from the National Park Service and the Save America’s Treasures grant from its partner agencies. The money will be used to complete the repairs to the roof of the place.

“We are extremely grateful to be among the projects included in the list of beneficiaries of Save America’s Treasures,” said Friends of the Palace Iolani executive director Paula Akana.

The Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources will provide part of the funds to complete the project.

“The Iolani Palace has been around for almost 140 years and we are delighted to support and collaborate with the Friends of the Iolani Palace to protect and preserve this National Historic Landmark for future generations,” said Curt Cottrell, Division Administrator DLNR State Parks.

The work will involve the removal and reinstallation of approximately 9,000 square feet of slate roofing. The cast iron elements will also be treated and the new roof will mitigate water damage to the palace.

The palace has faced increasing financial challenges since the start of the pandemic, the number of advertising visitors has plummeted. To learn more about the palace or to book a visit, click here.

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