Unseen Treasures

Museum vaults often contain artifacts that, for one reason or another, rarely see the light of day. Here’s a peek at hidden gems in the permanent collections of Honolulu’s major museums.


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Photo: Olivier Koning

The Goblet

Iolani Palace

A stray bullet shattered the lip of this weighty crystal goblet on July 30, 1889, the day of the Wilcox Rebellion at Iolani Palace during the reign of King Kalakaua. The palace now showcases the Hawaiian monarchy at its height, so there’s no place in its current exhibits for this unique, never-displayed artifact of tumultuous times.

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