Celebrating the queen’s legacy at Washington Place

Posted on Apr 27, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main

If May is a season of hope and renewal, it also provides a reminder for Hawai‘i’s people to remember our past, take care of each other and protect the natural beauty of the islands we love. If you haven’t yet visited Washington Place, there’s no better time than this month.

Artifacts and photos from Queen Lili‘uokalani’s life are on display at Washington Place.

Artifacts and photos from Queen Lili‘uokalani’s life are on display at Washington Place.

Washington Place 175th celebrationSave Sunday, May 29 as the date to watch a KHON2-TV special on this historic home and Queen Lili‘uokalani’s life there. A new exhibit, curated by DeSoto Brown of Bishop Museum, takes visitors back in time to view treasured photos and artifacts. “We wanted to describe her family background, her music and her legacy,” said First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige. “We included ‘Aloha Oe’ in particular because it was a popular piece that gained a lot of recognition around the world. The queen was also very concerned with taking care of her people and providing an education for girls.”

 

Bandmaster Clarke Bright with the Iges.

Bandmaster Clarke Bright with the Iges.

Last month, a three-day commemoration of the 175th anniversary included a memorable concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band. “It’s been a true honor to share the Queen’s story and appreciation for the residence’s remarkable history,” said Mrs. Ige. For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see Washington Place, free tours are available every Thursday at 10 a.m., with group size limited and COVID-19 precautions in place. Go to https://washingtonplace.hawaii.gov/tours-and-gardens/ to make a reservation. Virtual tours are also available at the Washington Place website.

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