The Royal Mausoleum at Mauna ‘Ala

DSC04171 Built in 1865, The Royal Mausoleum at Mauna `Ala houses the ‘iwi (bones) of most of the past monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and their families.Mauna ‘Ala restoration project has continued to progress.   In partnership with the Ali‘I Trusts, Kamehameha  Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will administer the restoration of the Nu‘uanu fence and ornamental metals on the chapel and monument.

Ornamental gilding work on the fence will start in November with anticipated completion by early 2012.  Delays were experienced because of special orders for the work necessary for restoration of some of the artifacts.

Landscaping is complete, the final work is being completed on the finishing the gilding work for the chapel and front gate.  The project will be complete by the end of 2012, with the Department of Land and Natural Resources taking responsibility for the re-paving of the Mauna ‘Ala road.

A 35-year maintenance plan has been completed for proper maintenance of the monuments and facility.  This will be a starting point for discussions with funders, contractors, and volunteers to utilize these recommendations to ensure proper care is taken in maintaining this sacred site.

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