Lyman Museum Presents Hawaiian Monarchy Fashions

October 15, 2017, 9:05 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:32 PM
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Queen Kapi‘olani’s Lei Hulu Manu gown is on display in the Throne Room of
Iolani Palace. Photo by Elyse Butler, courtesy Friends of Iolani Palace.

Lyman Museum will be presenting a glimpse into the Victorian-Edwardian style of European fashions embraced by Hawaiian monarchs during the Kalākaua Dynasty.

The public is invited to view reproductions of gowns and uniforms worn by the ali‘i of the time, as well as unique presentations illustrating their history on two occasions at the museum: Monday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The garments to be displayed are part of a two-phase project commissioned by Iolani Palace and created by artist Irisgil Viacrusis. The reproductions include Queen Kapi‘olani’s Lei Hulu Manu and peacock gowns, and Queen Lili‘uokalani’s coronation and ribbon gowns.

The Smithsonian-affiliated and nationally accredited Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i. Located in downtown Hilo at 276 Haili Street, the museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit

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