SFCA Project Spotlight

September 30, 2021
View of Hawaiian Hall at Bishop Museum, from the third floor.

SFCA Cultural Preservation Initiative

Recognizing the economic pressures on Hawaiʻi’s cultural institutions due to COVID-19, the SFCA created a Cultural Preservation Initiative to support two State cultural institutions whose collections include Hawaiʻi’s cultural property.

Bishop Museum

ʻAhu ʻula (feather cape) in the Bishop Museum collection. Photo credit: Bishop Museum.

The SFCA supported the Bishop Museum, Hawaiʻi’s State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, during the months of July 1 to August 10, 2021 through funding to support preserving Hawaiʻi’s cultural heritage. The Bishop Museum chose to apply the $66,250 in funds to their electric bill for the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) which is critical to maintain optimal climate for the proper care for 25 million objects.

Iolani Palace

Thrones of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani, following conservation work. Photo credit: Iolani Palace

Friends of Iolani Palace have submitted their final report on the $66,250.00 from the SFCA to Iolani Palace, in support of Cultural Preservation at the State of Hawaii Museum of Monarchy History. The funding was used for two projects: the first to help with preservation of interior objects by keeping the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning) system running. The second project was the conservation treatment on both King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani’s thrones.

Queen Kapiolani’s throne before treatment. Photo credit: Iolani Palace.
Queen Kapiolani’s throne after treatment. Photo credit: Iolani Palace.

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