Iolani Palace Silver Epergne - Mid-Pacific Institute

Museum Studies

Iolani Palace Silver Epergne

Posted on March 10, 2017

by Kaile Berlenbach on March 10, 2017

During the 2016-2017 school year, the Mid-Pacific Museum Studies class made a new community partner with The Friends of Iolani Palace, the organization that runs and cares for the historic palace, its grounds and collections. Our 11th and 12th graders spent the fall semester working with the curators of the place to help digitally preserve a few of their artifacts with the use of Artec light scanners.

This solid silver epergne was presented to King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani on Februrary 12, 1883, their coronation date, from John C. Pfleuger, the Hawaiian Consul General to Germany. Pfleuger inherited this from his grandmother, Princess Abigail Kawananakoa.

This artifact is significant to Hawaiian history because it represents cultures uniting. It represents Hawaii reaching out to other countries for inspiration. The artifact also represents the preserving of Hawaiian culture and serves as a reminder of the past.

It currently resides at Iolani Palace and is viewable to the public.

The Friends of Iolani Palace work to preserve, restore, interpret, share and celebrate the unique cultural, historical and spiritual qualities of Iolani Palace and its grounds for the benefit of Native Hawaiians, the people of Hawaii and the world.