Kawānanakoa Room



The Kawānanakoa Room is dedicated to Prince David and Princess Abigail Kawānanakoa. He was brother to Prince Kuhio and a businessman in Honolulu. Direct descendants of Prince David still make their home in Hawai`i and much of the furniture in the room is on loan from the Kawānanakoa family.


On display in this bedroom is an outstanding wardrobe commissioned by King Kalākaua. This fine example of the skill of Hawaiian furniture makers is constructed of koa and trimmed with darker kou. It may have served as the Kingdom's entry in the Paris International Exhibition of 1889. The Exhibition catalog described the entry as “1 Koa Wardrobe, made for His Majesty the King from Koa trees grown in Iolani Palace Grounds.” Adorned with classic Greek muses, the King's crest, and traditional Chinese cranes, the armoire won a silver medal.

The armoire is signed by Chun Moke, a Chinese craftsman working in Honolulu. It is 108 inches tall, 90 inches wide and 24 inches deep.
Trees used in Hulihe`e Palace and its furnishings: Koa, Kou, `Ōhi`a Lehua
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