The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, announced Tuesday that it is in the process of renovating and repairing the ironwork fence and plastered wall surrounding the grounds of Iolani Palace.
Gates at the ground’s multiple entrances are also included in the renovation project, as is the ironwork fence and brick wall enclosing the Royal Tomb Site on the palace grounds.
Iolani Palace and its grounds will remain open to the public for the duration of the project although some entrances and adjacent sidewalks will be temporarily closed as work is done in those areas.
The anticipated project completion date is January 2016. The total project construction cost is $1.5 million.
The renovation work includes stripping all rust and paint from the fence and gates and then hot-dip galvanizing and repainting the fence segments and gates. This process requires incrementally removing sections of the fence and gates to an off-site location. Temporary barriers and fencing will be installed to secure the grounds during this process.
The project also requires fabricating and installing missing and broken ironwork components of the fence, welding where needed, and plastering portions of wall and wall cap that are cracked or chipped. A portion of the mauka/Ewa perimeter wall will be rebuilt because it is currently tilting inward towards the palace grounds.
Iolani Palace and its grounds, including the perimeter fence and Royal Tomb Site, were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as part of the Hawaii Capitol Historic District.