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The Sacred Mound at the Iolani Palace
Former Site of the Royal Mausoleum

The sacred mound on the grounds of Honolulu's Iolani Palace marks the former site of the Hawaiian Royal Mausoleum where many members of the Hawaiian Royal Family were buried..

Iolani Palace Mausoleum
Copyright © Kathleen Walling Fry

In the above photo you can see the Hawaii State Capitol Building in the background. The Iolani Palace itself is off to the left as you are facing this picture and the golden King Kamehameha statue is behind the photographer, just across the street.

History of the Iolani Palace Sacred Mound

In 1825 a royal tomb was built on the grounds of the Iolani Palace as a final resting place for the bodies of King Kamehameha II and his wife Queen Consort Kamamalu. They died of measles within days of each other during a visit to England. Between 1825 and 1865 that tomb was the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii. In 165 a new Mausoleum was constructed in the Nuuanu Valley and eightteen coffins were transferred from the Iolani Palace Mausoleum to the new site. Today the former site of Hawaii's Royal Mausoleum is marked by a fenced in mound on the southeast quarter of the Iolani Palace grounds.

Sacred Mound Fenced Off Area
Fenced Off Area

Sacred Mound Kapu Warning Sign
Kapu Warning

Sacred Mound Descriptive Sign
Mausoleum Description


See also:
- Front View 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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