Honolulu Civil Beat reports on the visit:
The queen’s message of peace was expected to be the focal point of a planned palace visit by the Dalai Lama Saturday — his first-ever visit to the grounds.
“We felt it was important for the Dalai Lama to come to the site to better understand our history — especially that of Queen Liliuokalani, when she was overthrown, her message of peace and how she wanted no bloodshed,” Iolani Palace Executive Director Kippen de Alba Chu told Civil Beat. “We thought these messages would resonate with him.”
Beyond those historical events, de Alba Chu said he wanted to share with the Dalai Lama the significance of Iolani Palace itself, which was completed in 1882 under King David Kalakaua, Liliuokalani’s brother.
“One thing I would like to impress upon him is the reason why the palace exists, what the monarchy was trying to do with the palace, and how Hawaii was trying to be international to protect its sovereignty,” de Alba Chu said. “You build palaces not just for your people, but for foreigners; you’re making a statement to foreigners that you should be treated equal.”