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The Controversial Iolani Palace Rockpile
Historic Downtown Honolulu

A photograph and information about the controversial rockpile on the grounds of the Iolani Palace in historic Downtown Honolulu.

Iolani Palace Rockpile
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

The rockpile on the grounds of the Iolani Palace was constructed in 1993 using rocks brought from all of the Hawaiian Islands. Some say the significance of the rockpile is the gathering of Native Hawaiians from many different places to rebuild an independent Hawaiian nation.

The Iolani Palace rockpile was built as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Government. The rocks began arriving at the Iolani Palace on January 16, 1993 and the rockpile was built between 10:00 pm and midnight by Native Hawaiians from the Big island of Hawaii. The rockpile was dedicated at a ceremony on January 17, 1993.

The rockpile is controversial because it makes a political statement and some people believe that only monuments commemorating historic events should be placed on the grounds of a museum owned by the State of Hawaii.

On Febraury 18 or 19, 2006, the rockpile was torn apart and about fifty of the rocks were widely scattered on the Iolani Palace grounds. The pile was rebuilt on Sunday, February 19, 2006 by high school students from the Halau Lokahi Charter school.

See also:
- Photo of the Iolani Palace
- Iolani Palace Coronation Pavilion
- Iolani Palace Barracks
- Iolani Palace Banyan Tree
- Iolani Palace State Monument
- January 2006 Protest at the Iolani Palace
- Attractions Near the Iolani Palace

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